You may remember - or may not if your memory is anything like mine - that a few weeks ago while photographing the glories of Orvieto I dropped my trusty little Power Shot SD550. It has been a good little camera, not the best for interior shots of churches - and we do visit a lot of churches - or opera house curtain calls, but it I was happy with it.
I hemmed and hawed about getting a new one - but was happy enough with Canon that I went for another one. And I hemmed and hawed a bit to long. Now one of the perks of being a Dip here is that theoretically we should not pay IVA (the Good's and Service's Tax) on anything here over E250.00. I say theoretically because the system to get the tax deducted is worthy of Byzantium. Unlike Canada where Dips are issued a tax exempt card, here you have to go to the store, select what you want, get them to fill out a special form, turn it into the Government, wait 5-7 days to have it stamped, return to the store stamped form in hand to make your purchase. Certainly not conducive to impulse buying!
Unfortunately I wasn't aware of these "new" procedures and left it a bit late to buy a replacement camera. As a result I ended up paying full price for my new Canon IZUA 870IS. There was no way I was heading to Barcelona without a camera.
19 marzo - San Guiseppe