Italy Day 1
03.21.2011 - 03.21.2011
I found out today that three flights, 1 bus, 1 cab, and 1 train is just a little too much travel for one day. The day started off in Des Moines. The plane left about an hour late but we still had plenty of time to catch our next flight from Chicago to London that left at 11:45pm. This was a 777 that had plenty of room but every single seat on the plane was filled. We arrived at London heathrow at noon the next day and just barely caught the next plane that went to Milan. From Milan we had to take an hour bus to catch a train to Bologna. We got to Bologna about 8pm and took a taxi to our hotel. The Hotel Porta San Mamolo was very nice and the staff was helpful.
We did have a little drama in Milan. After getting off the bus in Milan at the train station we went to buy some train tickets. For some strange reason, you have to partially pay in cash for the tickets. We headed for the ATM which was a block away. Got to the ATM, stuck in my card, requested 300 euro, and was denied! I knew in the back of my mind that everything would ok but it's still a little scary to not have one cent to your name in a foreign country. We then tried another account for less money and everything went through fine. I later figured out that I was probably went over my limit since 300 euro is over $400 U.S. The card worked the rest of the trip.