How I locked myself out and had the WEIRDEST confrontation in Italy…


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I was staying at an Airbnb in Vernazza (Italy) and decided to go for a swim. The beach area was crowded and there was no way I was going to keep line of sight with my stuff so I decided to only bring the key to my airbnb and my towel, leaving my phone and wallet behind. I go for a very relaxing swim and head back to my Airbnb, put the key in the door and… it doesn’t work. I am trying everything I can think of to get it to work, clockwise/counter clockwise, jiggling the lock, putting pressure on the door in case the latch is stuck. It just won’t budge. So here I am in sandals and a bathing suit, no phone to contact the host, no wallet, and I can only speak a bare minimum of Italian.

I decided to go into the shop next door to see if they might know the airbnb host or the owner of the building. The shop owner spoke no english but we were able to get to an understanding that my key wasn’t working. I brought her to the door and she tried the lock, no success. Then her eyes lit up and she brought me around to the other side of the shop where there was the exact same door, right down to the door knob and planter on the front steps. Try the key, and it works…

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