1 July 2007
Here's my new piumino magico in all it's glory. It says it's magic on the packet. It's actually my first piumino magico too. I'm not sure if this is a sign of age...Or a need to fit in with Italian cleaning standards. Boh.
When I went to buy it I had no idea how to say feather duster in Italian so I went into the detersivi-bits-and-bobs shop, hoping I'd be able to see one and point it out before the signore yelled "prego?" to ask me what I wanted. Then I'd have been in the difficult position of having to describe a feather duster, with the help of gestures and a bit of miming thrown in. Think charades in the detersivi-bits-and-bobs shop.
This is why the big shops are so much easier to shop in - no speaking necessary when looking for those items which they never taught you to say in Italian class. Anyway, there were two varieties, one only 80 cents and one, more professional version that was 4 euro. Of course I put my cheap skates on and opted for the 80 cents one - it'll hardly get used after all, probably just for a while out on the balcone to show off in front of the rug beatin' signoras who surely have the 4 euro version.