…is not a good thing like our Black Friday!! In Italy, it is indicative of a day of sciopero (strike) !! Italy is used to strikes – someone always seems to striking for one thing or another. Most Italians shrug their shoulders and say “ci arrangiamo” (we’ll get by and make it work).
Tomorrow, March 11th, has been designated as a strike day for the transportation sector. Trains, planes, busses, metros…and even naval transportation all plan to be affected. Even the fire department and some medical personnel are taking a break!!! Everyone will be incrociando le braccia (folding their arms). This strike is meant to disrupt business as employees are going to find it difficult to get to work. What they are striking for isn’t completely clear to me, but it looks like they want to make sure that big business and government treat and pay their employees fairly!
Even though Italians may be used to these inconveniences, major havoc can ensue in the big cities…and the poor traveler, not used to these things and who may have made arrangements or reservations, may get a bad taste in their mouths for Italy. As I used to say to my kids when they were little: It’s a good thing you’re cute!!! Italy is the same….it’s a good thing it’s so beautiful that it allows forgiveness for some of its misgivings!!!