Guest post by Steve Dueck – former Great Lakes ICS in Rome:
I lost 500 euro during my first 3 days in Italy as ICS. 660 dollars. Gone.
We put a deposit on an apartment while in the US and when we finally arrived in country and took a look at it, we realized that we weren’t quite excited about it. We took a quick look at other apartments in the area and found another one we wanted. I was angry that we would lose the deposit on the first apartment, but after much deliberation, we figured it would be worth it to get this place we liked better. We made an appointment to sign the lease on the second apartment but on the day of the signing we were told that it was suddenly unavailable. The owner’s nephew needed it after his recent divorce. Our frustration turned to horror. We lost our deposit and our apartment. We had no home and nothing to show for 500 Euro.
I was devastated.