Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Last week I decided to send an email to Graham who is subletting my apartment in Oakland. Just checking in:
“How are things going, any issues, are you liking the place?”
“I love it here, more than I could have imagined, it’s close to BART, convenient to downtown and Whole Foods, etc. If you would like to stay in Italy another month I’d be happy to rent it for another month.” he responded.
Hmm,tempting, but I wrote back. “ It is tempting but you know it would cost at least $400 just to change the flight.”
Again he responded “I like it so much that I would be glad to split the cost.”
Wow, now it is really tempting so I called up Lufthansa (using Skype) to see how much it would really cost. It costs $250 to make any change to the ticket and another $250 because the airfares are higher in the summer.
So I wrote again and he was still willing to split the cost so I decided to stay another month. My Italian is improving to the point that I can “almost” understand a lot of the conversations now. In something of a breakthrough I can sometimes understand better than I can speak rather than the other way around. I would really miss the dinners out with the gang of Italians organized by “Il Principe”, Vittorio – his friends,with tongue in cheek, call him that “The Prince”.
Thank God for Skype. I called the gym in Oakland and continued the suspension of my membership by another month. I called the place where I am storing my car to notify the guy there that I was extending by another month and called the New Yorker customer services to keep the delivery of that wonderful magazine on hold for another month.
Now there is the question of lodging. I was thinking that perhaps I’d change lodging for the last month to get some experience in another neighborhood if I could find a place with Wi-Fi and an elevator. However today Cesarina said that she would be sad when I left so I think that I will stay here. Besides that, I love the neighborhood and can extend my membership at the gym for another month. I can always explore other nice neighborhoods on the bike.
So now I am just half way through my stay in this wonderful city.