Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Italian Driving School Diaries - I PASSED THE WRITTEN EXAM!!!!

Seriously, I have never studied so hard for a freaking test in my life. The three months of classes, taking practice exams and studying every night paid off.

I was nervous until I saw the first question. Then I relaxed. At that point what could I do?

Andrea, our instructor, from the school drove (he has a SICK ride) us out to the place located somewhere way north of the Center. A fellow American and I had to go to the Italian DMV since we were taking the test in English. The other students were able to take the test at a school but starting next month, all tests will be computerized.

Andrea waited with us as the results came in. He gave me a thumbs up but I couldn't get too excited because the other student failed. I felt celebrating would have been in poor taste.

While I still think the prices are quite high for the Autoscuola, you are getting your money's worth. The school does all the paperwork. After seeing the lines at the DMV, I'm happy about that. I almost got into fisticuffs with an employee at the DMV in Washington D.C. I can't even imagine the drama that goes down Italian style.

Next week I start lessons for driving stick/manual. Should be fun.

21 comments:

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

Woo hoo! Glad that break on Sunday didn't cut into your studying time too much! :-) Brava.

gibber said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was wondering where you've been...studying clearly. I'm very proud. Driving a stick will be easy :)

Romerican said...

BRAVA- congrats!

dorina said...

congratulations! that is so wonderful!!

Gypsygirl said...

Congratulations NYC!!!! One more thing that makes you more Italian!!!

erin :: the olive notes said...

I just read this and your status update at the same time! CONGRATS!!! So glad you can put this behind you. I've heard its so hard, but probably not as hard as what comes next: driving in Rome ;)

Jessica said...

Auguri!!!! That's so exciting!

Megan in Liguria said...

AUGURI! I missed 5 on my first exam. How frustrating! In boca lupo on the driving part! M:)

Kim B. said...

Congrats!!!! One significant hurdle down. You're well on your way to becoming a real italiana!

(and you're incredibly gracious to have held in your celebrations in front of your fellow student. Don't know if I could have been so classy!)

LuLu said...

Congratulations!! :) That's fantastic!!

Di Mackey said...

Congratulations!

I don't even dare here in Belgium but then again, I'm lucky as we just exchange the kiwi licence for a Belgian one. I won't tell you all the reasons why this is wrong, I shall instead just quietly pick it up ...

But congratulations seriously! I'm so impressed.

Diana Strinati Baur said...

omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg YES GIRLFRIEND!!! AWESOME!! This is great news.

girasoli said...

Auguri!!!! That is specatcular! I have been following your ordeal with studying for this test and am thrilled for you!!! Yipeeeeeee!!!

Moi said...

Congratulations!!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Ciao tutti

Thank you!! At the last minute I decided to meet a friend for drinks and had a mojito to celebrate.

Kataroma said...

Congratulations!

Sonia said...

I am loving your blog! You are one brave woman. I do not want to drive on these crazy Italian roads... Good Luck to you... and Congrats!!

J.Doe said...

Congratulations on a well deserved victory!

This Time Now said...

Congratulations, chica!

Felicia, This Time Now

Ice Tea For Me said...

Congratulation on your victory. I'm sure that's a big weight off your shoulders.

babyboyla said...

congratulations ! so does this mean when I move there this fall I can catch a ride with you????? huh????? LOL