Friday, June 08, 2007
Welcome to today's blog posting, and someday hopefully I can welcome you also to the Marche! Nascondiglio di Bacco has officially changed hands today and all went well with the exchange. Howvever, isn't there always one of those; last night there was quite a wonderful thunderstorm and lightning struck the agriturismo killing the modem and knocking out electricity for 4 hours right when the 2 couples from Germany arrived. They were great sports and I gave them candles and a bottle of sparkling Barbera for the inconvenience. We do need internet access fairly soon for reservations!
Today, despite the recommendation of the Italian consulate in Chicago, (which I had called prior to coming to Italy this time to request a visa), to wait until I had made my purchase in Italy and then visit the Qestura for my permit of stay, I discovered that I was considered a clandestino or illegal alien! The wonderful folks at the questura said i needed to go back to america immediately and get my visa. After some discussion, we decided to part in peace with the chance I might be able to arrange things from here, who knows? I may have to hire an immigration lawyer for a time. In the meantime, like in Parma where i was without a permit of stay for 9 months, i will try to stay out of fights and trouble in general avoid police scrutiny. Maybe if and when my house in Leawood sells, I can return and make a visa application.
Tomorrow will be our first opportunity to serve breakfast to guests, will report back when I can how that goes.. We will be working on improving the internet site for Nascondiglio di Bacco and vinoffida.com, searching out as I wrote previously all the best the Marche has to offer. Buon weekend! The picture today is in the piazza in Ascoli Piceno with some of my classmates from the university.
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