Leaving Italy

We all got back to our hotel.  We decided to not to catch the bus with the rest of the group due to the fact they were leaving at 5:30am.  We were told that it would be cheap to get to the airport.  All we had to do was take a taxi for about 5 euros to the train station  close to the hotel where we could catch a bus  to the airport for 10 euros.  We thought that was great, so we stayed and left when it was closer to our time to get to the airport.  The hotel called us a taxi which arrived in no time.  I told the driver to go to the train station to catch the bus to the airport.  He asked me what airport and I replied Malpensa.  At this time I realized he could not speak English very well.  He loaded the suitcases in the car and off we went.  David and I started  thinking well this was a little longer than where we should be going.  Then we started to see signs for the airport and started thinking this was not right.  We said something the taxi driver who then stopped in the lane to talk to us.  Due to the language barrier he was taking us to the airport.  He then told us that it would be 95 euros to take us to the airport.  David said that’s too much.  The taxi driver then said it would cost 25 euros to go back to the bus station, but he would take us to the airport for 80 euros.  Not sure if he did it on purpose or not.  We decided to just go with the 80 euro deal.  I asked if he would take card and he said yes, because we just had enough cash to pay for the other trip plan.  We then handed him a card for our Credit Union 1 which was declined.  After trying our other 3 cards for that account, all declined,  we found that luckily, there was money in our Wells Fargo account, so we did finally pay him.  I had contacted our banks and told them where we were traveling.  I contacted the Credit Union 1 and was informed that there was no declines on the cards.  I guess that bank was not big enough to work on his machine or they just got lost in the cloud somewhere. So we made our Easy Jet flight and headed off for London

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