In fact, with all the talk these days of the U.S. Postal service eliminating saturday delivery, it looks like I might have to republish the chapter in a book on the USA.
While discussing the post office and all the terrific things one can do inside this update of the Ancient Forum main square, one newcomer to Italy remarked to a colleague that he'd never set foot inside an American post office in his life but after moving to Italy, he'd already been there five times in under 2 months!
Another Italian friend was totally bummed out because he had to step inside the post office to make some transactions. He was worried about the wait. I had never thought of it, but that's because it was the first of the month. The elderly would be mobbing the joint to collect their pension checks. So that's why I sometimes found that I was the youngest one at the post office! Certainly - the young immigrants now use call centers or Western Union outposts to wire their money home...
And while it looks like these days money might buy efficiency (it's now €5.50 just to send my light book outside Italy), I'll stick by my comment under the book entry entitled, Going Postal:
For any expatriate or any Italian who has lived abroad Post Office horror stories are legend: true legends.Feel free to post yours!