Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bed and Breakfast Reality Check

Today your editor was pressed into service by his doorman to translate for a young English woman who was staying at a bed and breakfast in the 18th century building that houses our offices.

The woman, who was around 25, was traveling alone. She had found "Maria's" ad online. She arrived in Palermo, met Maria and her husband, and "checked in." The apartment was not part of Maria's house but a separate unit. So far so good.

The second evening, the English girl was disturbed by a man and woman entering the apartment unannounced, opening the door with a key. This was an older guy with a girl who seemed like his younger mistress. Whatever...

In any event, the man was very annoyed to find the young English woman there, and complained to Maria. The English girl spent the last night of her stay in a hotel.

The lesson is to be very careful in this unregulated field in Sicily. See our Sicily bed and breakfast article for solid advice.

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