The last couple of days my friends and I have been trying to finish up our last week of classes. Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave much time to be out and about in Roma, but I did manage to swing by Via del Corso for what might be my last time.
Via Del Corso is the main street that runs through downtown Roma. It’s close to all the major historical sites but is mostly known for its shopping. I have done pretty good this semester with shopping and haven’t really bought myself anything. I decided to splurge a little and got a top and some sandals.
Anywhoo, today on my way back from my last class I witnessed a little fender bender right in my apartment parking lot. Our parking lot is pretty small and basically cars can only leave or come in at different times. So a bunch of people were reversing out of the lot when one guy going at an unreal speed for no real reason all of sudden rams into another parked car. He was going so fast that he ended up taking this guys entire bumper off. He seemed totally unaffected by the situation and merely gets out of his car, checks the damage, moves the bumper out of the street and then gets back into his car to drive away.No, Italy that’s not acceptable. But the best part was, no one around him even seemed to mind or be surprised by the action.
Italian drivers are generally crazy and the norm here is very different from America. For instance, two cars exploded (yes literally exploded, blown to bits) on the main street seconds away from school and apartment. But get this, the remains of the car are still on the street as if the Italians did not think it was necessary to remove. In America, the minute there is a car accident within the hour all evidence of there ever being an accident are removed. Here people turn heads and stop what they are doing when they hear sirens (very different, from say Manhattan), but when a car that exploded has yet to be cleaned up by Italian officials, they act as if it’s not a big deal. My roommate took pictures so hopefully I can show you within the next couple of days.
Last night, we attempted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but it just wasn’t the same. I still had a good time though and was really happy to see all five of my roommates out together because that’s a rare occurrence.
Until next time,