The Panoramic View I Never Saw

Trip Start Apr 26, 2013
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Monday, May 6, 2013

Just as some suspect that Elvis is alive, I can tell you for certain that Ayrton Senna is definitely alive and still driving. You see, he became bored with the lack of excitement of driving around in circles, so incognito, he moved to Dubai to train the Taxi drivers and from there he relocated to Ballargio, conveniently finding himself a position as bus driver!! Few people know this fact and the Italians here are good at keeping secrets.
I used to think I was scared of coming into empty houses at night, or teaching my children to Pinnaroo, which in hindsight was a convenient place to do so!! I thought I may be afraid of serial killers, but no more. My name is Alison Seeds and I now fear no one. I've been in a bus ride down a mountain with Senna.
All was well for let's say, two minutes. Then another passenger alighted the formula one bus, who was obviously well acquainted with Mr Senna. Why bother sit at a seat when you can stand and chat to the driver. I have photographic evidence to prove that Italians still make full use of hand gestures even when driving down a mountain on what appears, to the normal brain, to be the wrong side of the road. I was confused as to whether to advise the driver to, "Put your hand on the wheel!" Or to, "Look where you're going!" As both requests were relevant. It was thoughtful that lights flashed as we entered villages. They were obviously to warn the villagers that Ayrton was approaching!! People literally slammed themselves against walls. The fact that there were several cemeteries on the hill side did not go unnoticed on the odd occasion that I opened my eyes.
It is clear to me now why the Pope kisses the ground when he returns from foreign lands. I always thought he was offering a prayer of thanks. But no!! If we could lip read we would see him say, "Please God. I continue to ask that you find Ayrton another job back in Dubai."

PS when you look at the photograph please be aware that we were actually driving down the mountains!! We were not parked.
A bungee jump only lasts for minutes. Think twice before doing an hour long bus drive in Italy down mountainsides. If you do take have this photo with you at ALL times.

On a lighter note. Again God continues to look after us. With no idea where to go to at the station in Serronna, a young bloke directed us on the right path. He then left to go in the opposite direction. Thirty minutes later, as we were getting on what we thought was the train to Malpensa airport, he jumped onto the train and said "No. This is the wrong train. Wait for the next one." We would have ended up right back from where we had started!! Heaven forbid!!
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Lesley Schopf on

This is a gem Alison - keep them coming.

Len on

Alison, you missed your calling, you should have been a novelist. No point in me telling you to look after yourself, you have coach drivers to do it for you. Love to you both. Len

Maria Creedon on

Alison, your travel blog is so entertaining and funny. I really look forward to each update. I can relate to the bus driving terror. I didn't think we'd survive to mountain descent in Capri. Senna looks suspiciously like Frank van K..
Happy travels x

Chris Seeds on

Was the bus driver as bad as Dad?
That would be scary

Vicki Healey on

What a ride (life) - pun intended xx

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