We were delighted to see Sue with Enzo. Sue had shown us round the house when we first viewed it back in October and, most importantly for us, speaks fluent English and Italian, unlike Enzo. We had tons of questions and have yet to master the language, so not only was it good to see Sue again, this was a fantastic bonus.
|Lounge through to kitchen|
|Just so much rubbish|
Again, Enzo gave us the answers we were looking for and reassured us that no nasties were about to come our way after we'd handed over the money and ownership (and obligations) were ours. What is more, he appeared deeply offended that we should be questioning his honour and integrity as a Geometra and his genuine and professional nature. He may, of course, have been a very good actor...
To further reassure us, after we'd finished at the house he took us back to his office, gave us a guided tour, introduced us to his colleagues and took us for coffee at a bar down the road. This gave us a chance to have a good, informal, chat about the whys and wherefores of the Italian property buying process, how things work, what to watch out for, what needs to be done, etc. Once more, we were reassured and happy. So much so that we might, just might, start to get excited. Or are we just having the wool pulled over? Argghhhhhhh.
All done with Enzo, he dropped us back at the house so we could go for a long walk into the hills and have a good explore of the woods, tracks, trails and ancient buildings of the area, the Maiella, that is soon to be our new home. Little flutters of excitement were definitely and at long last starting to come through. With all the leaves off the trees we could even see the old Abbey nestling elegantly amongst the hills and the snow covered mountains. Sue had mentioned earlier that we could get married there. Now that would be a novelty.
|St Liberatore a Majella, Serramonacesca|
Walk done, we eventually found our way back to Ian and Carol's and to the dismaying news that the garage men had been up but had not driven the beastie up and dropped her off as we had expected. We were to collect it first thing tomorrow morning. What is more, the bill for them to change the front wheel with a back one was €140. €140!!! We were floored. We were being well and truly ripped off. Taken for a ride. What to do?
Ian agreed to run us down in the morning and act as interpreter whilst we "negotiated" this ridiculous bill. This put a little bit of a damper on our day and brought all our fears of being innocent and naive English to the surface again.