I’m a straight up geek. I literally jumped up and down when the Postman rang my buzzer yesterday. I was also relieved I didn’t have to pay any customs.
I knew two friends in the States were sending care packages that would be in boxes not envelopes. Then I started to get worried. I’ve heard many tales of packages arriving with things missing or people having to pay some serious customs fees.
On one Yahoo Expat Group site, a woman said her parents sent her a box of clothes she had left at their house along with some small items. She had to pay 130 euros. When she complained the post office said fine, the box would just be returned to sender.
Another person wrote in and said she left something at her dad’s. He sent it to her she had to pay 90 euros for a small package.
With the holidays soon approaching I’m a little concerned. Was this past week a fluke? What should my family or friends write on the U.S. Postal Service customs declaration? Both of my friends said the packages were gifts.
Receiving a Macbook? I would expect to pay customs on that but why did that woman have to pay customs on her own used clothes?
I am very happy that it’s October and I’m still receiving birthday gifts. Thanks S.D. for the mad money.
The other gift had (among other things, like Halloween stickers. ha):
I like the new layout of Bon Appetit.
I cannot WAIT to read these (thanks S.R). I shouldn’t have let my DOMINO subscription run out. I thought moving to Rome, it’s not like I can buy anything they feature. Now I realize I could still find inspiration in the magazine.