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What we have here is a failure to communicate!

Well today we paid back the universe a little bit for the good luck we had when we stumbled into our great apartment in Nice. We went to the train station this morning intending to go to Milan. We missed the train by 3 minutes and had to wait an hour on the sidewalk for the next one. When we got to the Italian border we had to buy a ticket for the next train and I was told it was full and only 1st class was available. We had already arranged an apartment for tonight and needed to get here so I paid the extra and ran for the platform (train was leaving!) We jumped on and found seats but we realized the train was FULL. A closer inspection of our tickets revealed the phrase "seat not guaranteed" (I'm pretty sure that was the translation) How could we have 1st class tickets but NO GUARANTEED seat?! People kept appearing with assigned seats so we kept getting bumped until at one point I was standing in the junction between cars with rain pouring in through the ceiling. I asked the snack cart guy, who could not move, where I should move to. His response, "no seat". Hmmm. It was a 5 hour ride. We kept getting pushed apart, so I'm not too sure how my family fared on this journey (Shawn probably had his feet up in a comfy seat for all I know) At least we all made it to Milan...where we received a text message that we can't get into the apartment until TOMORROW. So we are now in a hotel I found by walking to all hotels visible from the train station. It only took three tries to find this room. We'll see how tomorrow goes!

Posted by Pelham Family 11:40 Archived in Italy

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I've become addicted to the blogs. I anticipate, look forward to, visualize what the next one will say. Having not seen one in a few days, I think I am having withdrawals hahahaha...Anywhooooo...sorry the experience in the past 24 hours has been "interesting."Can't wait for an update!

by Laura

OMG...what a story! How awful for you. I chuckled at the part about Shawn (possibly) with his feet up. It's just like him to come out smellin' like a rose, no matter what the situation. I DO hope you love Milan. I do SO love this blog. Thank you so much! xoxoxo

by mom

Experiences like this will make the stories of your travels get bigger and better over the next fifty years. Enjoy....we love your updates!

by Toots

I agree with Toots - this is going to be a great story someday. In the meantime, you need to work up a strategy....learn a few translations for some unpleasant conditions and diseases.....how do you say lice in Italian? Pick a fashionable woman with beautiful hair to stand next to in the aisle. Start combing through Baylie's hair, as she tosses it back and forth and then with great disgust say that Italian word for lice and see if anyone vacates their seat;-)

by Kathy

(Still chuckling at Kathy's suggestion. LOLOL)

by Mom

Kathy I am cracking up!

by Pelham Family

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