Adaptability Expert…check.

“Your class was changed to February 7th instead of today. Didn’t they call you?”

“No. No one called me.”

“Did you receive a document in the mail?”

“No. Nothing. The appointment was made in November for February 14th.”

This is just how it is. No surprise, no anger, no heavy sighing. For those of you that know me, I am very easy going. Living here has resulted in an exponential increase in the “easy going factor” and I have become an adaptability expert. Plan B, no. I have backup plans A through X…to allow for the few someone else may come up with, Y and Z. I woke up this morning at 6 a.m. to take a train to Pontassieve. My bag was packed with all of my paperwork, a small bag of nuts and a book on Bakhtin, all prepped the previous night along with electronic train tickets, also purchased the night before and easily accessible on my smart phone. 7:34 a.m. the train left the station. 7:55 a.m. arrival in Pontassieve. I arrived one hour early to make sure I could actually find the correct address since Google maps actually directs you to the house next store. I recognized the parking lot and that same house from the street view in Google maps. Next door, the Scuola Media Statale Maria Maltoni or SMS Maria Maltoni, an actual grammar school, is where I needed to be at 9 a.m. I sat on a park bench until 8:40 studying Italian verbs. A few minutes prior, all of the children entered the school.

As part of my integration agreement with Italy for my residency permit, I have to attend two days worth of classes on civic life in Italy. There are no sites in the historical center of Florence that offer these classes and all of the sites are accessible via bus or train from the center. During those classes, I will also take an Italian exam to determine my current level of proficiency. Those two days of classes means that I will miss two more days of school at the Angel Academy. Luckily, the school secretary was very nice and she called the “Prefetura” to make sure that my appointments were rescheduled for next week and one day in March. “The process for the permesso di soggiorno is very complicated,” she said. I agreed. We had some small talk about where I am from, something about Pennsylvania and as much as I would like to speak better Italian, she would like to speak better English. We laughed and I thanked her for her help and she has already confirmed my two appointments via email.

In planning for the expected and unexpected, I did bring my Bargue drawing back to the apartment yesterday so I can work on it over the weekend.

Pontassieve, see you on Wednesday at 9 a.m. I will sleep in a little later. Perhaps 4 times a charm 😉


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