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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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The local foreigner

When I had telephoned from London, Daniela’s mother told me I was more Italian than her daughter. When I returned to Andrano, I realised she was right. Not because I couldn’t go without coffee in the morning, pasta for lunch or siesta in the afternoon, but because a panel beater suggested defrauding the insurance company to fix our car and I told him to go ahead.

The first thing to do when you move to Italy is memorise the panel beater’s phone number in your mobile to save looking it up all the time. No matter how good a driver you are, you will have accidents. They are part of the learning curve which, like most curves in Italy, is taken at high speed. Becoming Italian means talking with your hands and driving with your ...

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