Kathy and I went for a brisk and long walk along the River Arno today. The weather was outstanding–clear and cool with a warm sun–exactly what I like. Here are a few more tidbits about how things work in Italy, at least Florence.
–Waste disposal. There is no trash pick up. You take your trash to an area disposal site. Thankfully, ours is just steps away from our apartment entrance. The site has several large receptacles that have a foot pedal. They are marked for plastic, glass etc. You push the foot pedal and the receptacle opens–you put the trash in and it gulps it down into a huge container below. Starting next year, residents will be given a magnetic key that has your personal information on it and you will wave it at the receptacle and it will open and measure how much you put in and meter that amount and you will pay tax on the amount you put in monthly.
–Tobacco Shop. They are plentiful and this is where you buy tickets, especially for the bus system.
–Water Closets. Yes, you pay to use public ones. They are clean and constantly disinfected, so that is a plus. The cost is between 1 and 2E. You do not use one in a store or restaurant unless you are buying something. They watch closely.
–Pedestrian only. Florence has large pedestrian only streets. They are clearly marked with a sign with a red light. Drive past the light without a permit (taxi or delivery truck) and the camera takes your photo and the fine is an automatic 150E.
–Cobblestone. Kathy brought one of those four wheeler spinner bags. I thought that the two wheeler was better. I was right. The four wheeler will not go over the cobblestone easily and cobblestone is everywhere. The two wheeler is a trooper. Guess who has to lug the four wheeler. That’s right–Kathy. I said, “You wanted it, you have it.” Actually, I grit my teeth and do it. What makes it worse is that it is purple. WEG