If you’ve ever visited Italy you may have noticed that Italians are very excitable. They’ll argue vehemently over anything. After a bitter argument the two (or three or four) sides will shake hands and make up, give each other hugs, and generally act like good friends. Being me, I don’t quite understand all this. To me everything is very black and white, cut and dried.
But this Saturday before cruising around Lake Como and stopping in Varenna I stopped at a gas station to get some gas. Usually I fill up my tank but this was Saturday, this gas station didn’t take credit cards on Saturday, and I had only 30 euros in cash. So I asked the attendant to give me 30 euros of gas. When I left the gas station my tank still read empty. So I, being a little edgy in a new country and not wanting to get taken advantage of, turned around and told the attendant that I didn’t receive any gas. Well, to make a long story short, the situation turned into a huge 20 minute argument with loud voices, spectators being brought into the fray, etc. I really wish I had some footage of that! Anyway, needless to say (because we were in Italy), we shook hands like the best of friends after I decided it was my gauge that was faulty.
Lake Como and Varenna are some of the most beautiful places I’ve seen yet on my trip. Unfortunately the video that I have of Lake Como doesn’t do it justice. Come to think of it neither do the photos, but I’ll show you some here anyway.
If you really must see some more video, here’s the video of me after I got a little shaken up over the pump fiasco: