1. Avatar nancy martin
    January 18, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    Hi last night I had to watch Eat Pray and Love. It was great to see her when she was in Rome. I have only been in Venice and just over the boarder from Switzerland. Broncos play tmrw and I really hope they can win and go to the Superbowl. 9 News keeps saying we are on our way to NY but Meadowlands MetLife stadium is in New Jersey. I feel bad for people that live in Jersey, people always consider it part of NY. Two very very different places. Have a great day, Nanc Sent from my iPad


    • Avatar Laura King
      January 18, 2014 @ 10:52 am

      Hi John,
      I’m so glad you are finally living your dream). Thanks for the journals, I really look forward to receiving
      them as they are so interesting to read:). Have a wonderful day and weekend!
      Laura King
      Did you get your nice apt in Denver rented? (That was a nice one) just curious.
      Bye of now!


      • John Henderson John Henderson
        January 19, 2014 @ 12:18 am

        And to answer your question, no, I have not rented my Denver condo. If you know of anyone interested in an 850-square-foot condo with a killer view of the Rockies for $1,200 a month, let me know. How’s your health?


  2. Avatar Chandi
    January 18, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Sounds like the same store I went to before my pilgrimage to activate the cell phone that someone had lent me, to use during my pilgrimage. Yes, the locked/unlocked thing is a pain. This summer before returning to Qatar, I purposely bought a smart phone that is unlocked, (had to pay 2x as much for it) but can use it in any country just by changing out the SIM.

    PS: pizza bianca not piazza bianca! 😉


  3. Avatar Kimberly (@ItalynLuvAffair)
    January 18, 2016 @ 4:19 pm

    In Bracciano it took Vodafone two, yes 2, weeks to tell me they couldn’t unlock my nifty new SUCKY Samsung S5. Two weeks! The afternoon I picked up my nonfunctioning SUCKY Samsung S5 I did a google search for unlock Samsung S5. I paid $30 to the Phone Unlocking Store and in 2 minutes my phone was unlocked and my SUCKY Samsung S5 worked on Vodafone. And, becoming acclimated to the Italian culture, I also unlocked my LG Optimus Pro G for $1.99 through the same service.

    It sounds like you got ripped off, though, because I had 500 minutes, 500 messages, and 2 GB of data for €20 for the past year and a half. One last thing, I promise :), Vodafone is the best service, in Bracciano at least. I can’t tell you how SUCKY Tim is there, Wind is better, but for the money and service Vodafone is king.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 18, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

      What was the service you used to unlock your phone? I went to Vodafone and WIND when I arrived and they both told me they can’t unlock my Samsung. So I bought a cheap Italian burner and had two cell phones my first year. Then I finally broke down and bought an iPhone which I’m happy with. Romans, however, tell me only immigrants use WIND. Locals use Vodafone. But hey, I’m an immigrant. Seriously, I thought about switching to Vodafone but locals tell me the difference isn’t worth the change. My monthly phone bill is only 18 euros plus topups.



  4. Avatar Kimberly (@ItalynLuvAffair)
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    I used The Unlocking Company (http://www.theunlockingcompany.com/). You put in the phone you have along with the IMEI (if I remember correctly – it was a whole lot of wine ago). They send you, after you pay, a pdf or word doc or something like that with instructions on how to do it. I literally received that document a nanosecond after I clicked the pay button. The instructions were simple, and they worked.

    In Bracciano, the mentality is all about economics. These people are pessimistic, hate the government, and taxes OMG, don’t get me started. Or rather, I’ll try not to get myself started. Anyway, some of my friends were on Tim and couldn’t ever reach me. I’m on Vodafone because it actually works. They say Vodafone is too expensive. Really? In the US I was paying $125 for the same service – €20 is a steal.

    Probably in Rome it doesn’t matter which service you’re on. Last year when Vodafone went to the 4G LTE I had to go to Rome to switch my SIM because there’s no LTE in Bracciano. I did notice, though, that as I city hopped Vodafone worked far more than my friend’s Wind phone. And when I went to England my Vodafone had a very simple and inexpensive roaming plan (I don’t know how it is on Wind or Tim).


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 19, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

      My problem with WIND is their billing. Half the time I don’t get bills in the mail then they cut off my Internet with no warning. Ensuing bills don’t even show bills I missed. Then it takes a week to get it back, forcing me to go to the cold corner café filled with old Roman women screaming all day in Romanaccio. I tried setting up autopay and it didn’t work, forcing me to miss another payment. I pretty much have to call in my payment to the one English-speaking WIND employee in Italy. I speak Italian but I barely understand cell phones in English. Also, WIND’s overseas dialing is real confusing. I could dial Italy from Liechtenstein. In fact, I could probably dial Neptune from Liechtenstein. Yet I couldn’t dial my AirBnB host up the street. I can’t always get answers because my one English-speaking guy in the WIND office rarely has time to pick up the phone. I am wondering when I wrote that the lack of public services is part of Rome’s charm.


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