Bit of a pause…
Wow, it’s been a bit of a pause – sorry to all my fans who must be very dissapointed that I haven’t written anything – all 2 of you 🙂 Hi Mom!
Writing today to complain a bit more about Italian bureaucracy, namely the process of getting a passport. Sonia doesn’t have one, not being necessary until now. An Italian can get about Europe quite easily with the national identity card. So paying out €86 for a passport, and going through all the hassle, just isn’t worth it.
My big bug bear – having to buy a stamp for €40 in the tobacco shop, and then having to go to the post office to pay another €44. So that’s two seperate payments for a passport. And why isn’t in one single payment? Who the hell knows. That’s Italy, babe.
For anyone who want’s to know, to get a passport in Italy you need to get yourself down to the Commissioner for Public Security (or, if there isn’t one near you, the Carabinieri) and get the form, then you’ll need two 4x4cm photos (full face & shoulders as per usual), the stamp from the tobbaccio, a receipt from the post-office, and 10 days or so of waiting. Easy enough, really.
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