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  1. I've also notched up ten years now, with a year break in Germany. Things have certainly changed. I remember when I arrived reliable and affordable internet was an unimaginable luxury. Power cuts were regular, the streets were covered in rubbish and plastic bags floated down every street. Leisure was very affordable and renting holiday homes was a piece of cake. Ten years on the rubbish is still a problem but nowhere near as bad as before. We have recycling centres that are strict enough to make a difference to those who can be bothered to take their rubbish there. Plastic bags are rarely seen. Internet is amazing, comparable with Germany 5 years ago but at a fraction of the cost. I find that leisure, mostly food and drink, have doubled in cost. Holiday home owners are struggling as there is so much competition following the advent of AirBnB, although the quality of many houses leaves a lot to be desired. The flip side is that you can find places for weekend getaways for next to nothing. If I had to do it again I would move straight to a large town or small city. We're trying to move to Brindisi at the moment to be close to work and something you could call life. The dream of living the good life just doesn't work if you have to work as well. If I didn't have to work I would choose somewhere on the Ionian, possibly Gallipoli, or to keep some kind of normal life I would choose Lecce. San Vito is great for proximity to airports and decent towns but you always need to use the car. Some things don't change though, there will always be chancers, con men and the self indulgent shop owners who believe they are doing you a favour to sell their overpriced goods and services. I detest Amazon but sometimes I would rather give my cash to them.
  2. For me it was great as Luton is close to my old home town and my son could travel alone from 14 years old. Until he's 16 in February he has to use the national airlines. They have hiked the prices a lot since re-opening the route so unless I need to be there at a specific time I'll find alternatives. Once bitten, twice shy.
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    Baked Beans

    You can get Heinz Baked Beans, huge bottles of soy sauce, PG Tips etc in the Indian store near Brindisi train station. He also sells all of the herbs and spices you'll ever need at a fraction of the cost of Auchan and Ipercoop. It's also nice to support a local guy as well.
  4. Yes, they totally messed up my winter plans. For one flight I received an email to click the refund link and for the rest I had to call the number and was on hold for about 15 minutes. I'm yet to see the refund and Ryanair bumped their prices for the same periods meaning my 80 Euro round trip went up to 170 per head. However, they have re-opened the route from March 30th with flights on Fridays and Mondays with the more sociable departure times of Bari 20:25 and Luton 15:55. Not sure I trust them again though. It's becoming more economical to use the national airlines. We booked Lufthansa Bari to Dublin for half the cost of a Ryanair flight and they have 2 options per day via Munich.
  5. Glad to see the site back up and running. A lot of people were affected by the Tiscali outage in July. We were left without service for 8 days, apparently we were the lucky ones. They gave an auto refund of 5 Euro. If anyone else received the same then open another fault on their app and you will get the rest of the refund which should be 2.50 per day. You need to quote para's 2.1 and 3.6 of this document: https://www.tiscali.it/export/sites/default/cartaservizi/pdf/Carta_dei_Servizi_10_06_2019.pdf
  6. I think the Unicredit issue is having an old account. The MyGenius account is free , the app is great, I make regular transfers, can use ApplePay, recently ordered a new card through the app after BPP swallowed my card in San Vito and even changed the mortgage payment details via email. For UK transfers, they are same day. Not sure about the charge. I have to be honest I haven't checked the UK withdrawal fees, I just make sure I let the bank make the conversion as opposed to the ATM. Give them a try. Opening the account was performed online, taking a pic of my ID, recording a video whilst reading a disclaimer and hey presto, it was done.
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    used cars

    Not at all what you're looking for, but if you check Brindisi ex-pat on Facebook you'll see a couple of cars for sale, including a Ford Fusion. Similar size to what you're looking for and probably more reliable.
  8. Luke isn't on here anymore but anyone with advice would be appreciated. I'm in the process of calling people at the moment. Last years horrendous rains have caused me some problems.
  9. Ah yes that's right but the Parkway is much closer than the car hire center. It takes just a few minutes. The car hire center is in the middle of nowhere. It's the only time I have ever wanted a dedicated bus lane.
  10. We use that route a lot, mostly because Wizzair allow children to fly alone from 14 years of age. If you join the discount club you get cheaper flights and the baggage allowance is more generous. The bus is a nightmare so it may be quicker to jump on a train to Bedford or St. Albans or even further south to get a car. It's also a good option if you're travelling onwards as Gatwick is on the same line. Alitalia are reasonable at the moment, always check business class as sometimes it's cheaper than economy especially if you look at the routes to City airport.
  11. I read it too. I hope they take it seriously although on the beach cleaning projects I've been to the waste is predominantly created by the fishermen discarding the plastic nets for mussels, followed by Crocs which I would happily see banned, then flip flops and plastic bottles.
  12. Zafar Trading, Corso Umberto I, 108, 72100 Brindisi BR, are now selling Heinz baked beans. I can't remember if they were 1.20 or 0.90 per can but they were a fraction of the cost of Auchan. Also a great place to stock up on spices and tea bags.
  13. Ada Mazzotta is an official translator on the court list. You can find her here: https://www.guidatraduzioni.it/aziende/ada-mazzotta
  14. Nice to see a bit of debate on here, it's been very quiet for a while. Whilst I'm against it I wish they would just get on with it and let us sort out our own personal matters. For me that means ensuring I can still live and work freely in Europe, not just Italy. Whilst the politicians have been dilly dallying around it looks to me as if the country has gone to the dogs, but we only see what Rupert and friends want us to see. I'm quite interested to see how the whole reduced immigration thing works out. The 'problem' was never with European immigration so I can't see any benefits arising from leaving. If anything it may just mean that the foreign workers will continue to come from far away lands. Highly skilled workers will continue to come from Asia and unskilled labour will continue to operate in the black market. The black market is actually good for the UK economy, if you're not legal you can't claim the benefits. They provide cheap labour and keep the cost of your groceries down. The other selling point was around refugees. It doesn't matter what quotas were set, where a refugee lands is not the issue. It's around who is prepared to smuggle them in and claim the daily allowances for them. It's big money if you have a nice portfolio of slum housing that you can no longer rent to young Europeans trying to start a new life. Take the cases of the local hotels. They were working their fingers to the bone to make a few Euros profit per year. Now they rent to the agency, put their feet up and make a nice tidy profit. Watch Suburra, Blood on Rome to get an idea. In fact, watch it anyway. It's very good.
  15. SanNico

    mechanic

    I can recommend Isydoro, https://goo.gl/maps/nZ8XGNA1eyu . He doesn't speak English but he's a proper nuts and bolts mechanic who only uses the diagnostics machinery when he and very reasonably priced.
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