So the driving is sort of under control at the moment...the real test will come tomorrow as I brave the autostrada for the first time. I figure if I can do the Amalfi Drive I can do anything, and bel ragazzo has told me I can drive at 100 km/hr if I don't feel up to speeding by at 120 (but he has told me I cannot no go any slower then 100 as that is dangerous!) I am off to Cilento for a night to see some hotels there and cannot wait to stock up with buffalo mozzarella!
So I have sort of learnt to drive, and I have also learnt how to lie here in Sorrento. I am quite a vocal person who likes to speak my mind. It's not that I don't like lying...I just don't really see the point as if someone does not like my opinion then that is there problem! Or so one would think.
The other night, after a nerve racking experience driving to some small hill top town for dinner, my friend and I decided to have a digestivo down here in Sorrento. The bar tender asked us what we were doing here and how we were liking Sorrento. I proceeded to tell him that we were working here and that my heart had actually been set on going to Sicily, but Sorrento was not so bad. But what is with the beach here? I mean, you can see the sea all beautiful and sparkling green, but then you cannot actually get to it...there are these silly bathing platform things which is not at all like going to the beach.
It was at this point I felt my friend kicking me quite violently under the table as the bar tenders smile turned into an angry frown. 'Are you crazy!' my friend hissed. 'You have to say that you love Sorrento and you are so happy to be here!'
'But...I am just telling the truth!' I muttered. 'I wasn't saying anything bad...well not really.'
I then tried to make amends by saying in a loud, enthusiastic voice 'ma il cibo qui e' buonissimo...' (the food here is really nice) but no one was even looking at me by that stage.
So another lesson learnt...'How do you like Sorrento?' 'Oh, well it is just too beautiful for words.' Ahhh...yes, I have learnt to lie in Sorrento.