Jack had two large suitcases. I had one large suitcase and a small suitcase stuffed with books. He had a carry-on. I had a carry-on and a purse. Easy peasy – we get a ride to JFK International Airport and are a scant few feet away from the Air Emirates counter. They take the bags and we go off to have a drink and talk about our next six months. In Milano we use a FREE cart to hold the bags and take them out to the taxi kiosk. There the driver jams them into the trunk and escorts us to our apartment building – where he hands over the suitcases to a charming man who worked there.
Ahhhhh – we open a bottle of wine and stare out the window at the street. “Look Jack – the subway stop is so close it will be easy to get to the train station.” EASY – we have three huge suitcases, one book stuffed sack, two carry-ons and a purse!!!! What were we thinking!!!
We decided we would end up paying big bucks to take a cab to the train station – in rush hour traffic and not worry about the bags. Than one morning we decided to walk down our street in the opposite direction. There, on the corner was a Mail Boxes Etc. Dragging Jack over to the window I pointed out the sign that talked about a cheap rate if you could stuff a bunch of stuff in a box and it weighed less than 10 Kg. “The books,” I screeched – let’s at least offload the books. I went in and talked to Fernando La Vigna, the store manager, and he said the books would get to Pontelandolfo in 2 days.
The next morning, we dragged two shopping bags full of books back. It cost us €16.90 to send the books – we were under the 10 Kg too. I jokingly said, “lets go back and get more stuff from the suitcases to stuff in the box.” Fernando looked at us and said, “we can ship the suitcases.”
The thought of a way not to schlep all the suitcases on the train and drag them around Roma Termini to switch trains was incredibly appealing. We had looked into shipping the suitcases from the USA and the average charge door to door was $250 each. I asked how much it would cost – “not to worry – not much.”
The day before we left Milan we dragged the four suitcases to Mail Boxes Etc. located at Via G. Pelitti 7 – 20126 Milano. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 395 46101) For €80 all four pieces went from Milan to our house in Pontelandolfo. They actually got there the next day before we did!
Would I do that again? In a nanosecond!!! Riding the train is a great way to see the country – dragging the suitcases for a six month stay on the train is not.