Parole: sciopero (strike), pendolare (literally means to pendulate; refers to commuting to and from a place), subito (immediately)
Yesterday was Thursday. This means that we had to travel from the Vet Faculty to Campus to go to our Italian class. This process takes 2 buses and about 40 minutes. We went to the bus stop at the faculty to catch the 11:47AM bus. We waited. And waited. And waited. We waited so long that we decided to wait for the 12:17PM bus while we were at it! By 12:30, we were tired of waiting, so we ended up walking 10 minutes to the next bus stop, where we caught a bus after 10 more minutes.
As it turns out, the bus drivers in Parma went on strike on Thursday. We talked with our Italian profesor for a few minutes after class, and she asked if we pendolari a piedi (commute to campus on foot) or a bici(on bikes). I told her we commute a autobus. She said that we needed to go subito, because in apparently, there was a strike, and in 10 minutes the buses would stop running their routes again!
Today we were supposed to go to Venice. Guess who was on strike today? The entire Italian train system (with the exception of a few trains that have to run by law). To get to Venice from Parma, we have to change trains in Bologna. We went to the station, and found out that the train to Bologna is running, however, there was no way to know if the train from Bolongna to Venice would be in service. So, we sat in the park, relaxed, and enjoyed the sunshine, instead of risking spending the night in the Bolongna train station.
Strike Three, your out!
Hopefully, we do not reach this point, however, there may be more public transit strikes while we are here. They are a fairly regular occurance, happening 2-3 times a year. Tomorrow morning we are going to head to Venice, stay overnight, and come home on Sunday morning.
A package for me!
Finally, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to my family for sending me a package of Easter goodies, girl scout cookies, Jiff Peanut Butter, and the latest edition of the New York Farm Bureau newspaper, Grassroots. Now I am all caught up on NY agriculture.
Tags : Parma, problems, strike, train, Venice, weather
Categories : In Parma, Trips