Friday, May 18, 2012

#6 - Sometimes rules are merely "suggestions"

Sometimes, rules are merely "suggestions," and if they are followed you will get hurt! I'm talking about DRIVING here.

We took a taxi from the airport to get to our apartment. What an adventure! But, you know, compared to the taxi driver we had today (and yesterday), that guy wasn't bad at all.

Logan, Greg, Jenny, and I decided to take a taxi yesterday morning to St. Peter's because Jenny and I are still injured and I'm walking with a limp (or swag if you want to be nice), and then we took a taxi back to the apartment. We also took a taxi today to St. Peter's...but he took us in circles, so we got outta that thang.

Basically, here's what the real road rules are...
Green means go.
Yellow means go.
Red means go.
See the problem?

Taxis and other cars (and only cars, mostly Smart cars - I haven't seen any trucks or SUVs) swerve in and out of traffic...park on the medians...double park behind other cars...and cut off other cars...all without ever missing a turn and only running one or two red lights and perhaps brazing a pedestrian or ten.

Everyone does it and if you don't, you will probably be rooted off the road! ("If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?" No, that is completely different. We are not on a bridge. We are on a road.)

So yes, there really are some road rules in Italy that are meant to be broken...but choose them wisely. In other words, only break them if doing so will allow you to keep your dignity, moral integrity - and your life.



"If things go wrong, don't go with them."
- Roger Babson


  1. 2nd Generation Mazda6 as a taxi! (The wagon version isn't sold here in the states... :sadface: )

    -Josh D.

  2. Haha, Josh, you would comment about the car!