My wife and I recently went to Sicily to celebrate my best friend’s 10th anniversary. Although most of the trip was pre-planned by my friend, we did have 3 days on our own and rented a car to drive around the island and see the sights.
I also rented a GPS to help me get around. This was my first time in Sicily, and in the Mediterranean for that matter. I had heard many stories about how aggressive the drivers were in this part of the world, so I wanted to make sure that I, ‘the turista’, didn’t cause too many problems on the road. On our first day, we had to drive 3 ½ hours on a main highway from Palermo to Catania. About an hour or so into the drive, we discovered that a big section of the highway was closed and we were being forced to take a detour. The detour took us up into the mountains, far from the highway, along some very narrow roads and through many small villages. It was a good thing we had the GPS because the detour route went up and down several mountains turning left and right at many intersections and the detour signs were far and few between. Had it not been for the comforting British female voice coming from the GPS, instructing us which direction we should go, we certainly would have gotten lost!
That lovely voice calmly got us to each destination we chose to visit during those 3 days. She knew exactly which exit to take on the roundabouts, and how to get to the big cities we wanted to visit via the back roads, so we could see and experience the small coastal fishing villages and towns.
I was so happy that we rented the GPS. It saved the day. I would not have been able to get around in this foreign country, with a language I did not speak or understand if it were not for that voice.
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Having AFIMAC Global at your service is much like having that calm British voice direct me around Sicily. “At the roundabout, go left, second exit”.