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  • David - Ever been to the center on weekend mornin...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Ever been to the center on weekend mornings? Notice how the Italians just like to stroll? At first, this concept of the passaggiata, or stroll, was very strange to me. They just stroll through the streets of Campo dei Fiori or Piazza Navona aimlessly wondering. Stopping off randomly at a bar for a coffee in their weekend attire, just strolling in the center. The piazze are so crowded that you have to swim through the couples hanging on to each other passionately and the teenagers grasping each others hands.
    However, the passaggiata is a classic example of cultural differences between Americans and Italians. Quite frankly, I had never taken a Saturday morning stroll, locked elbow to elbow with my closest friend talking about what ...

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  • Vanicole - Can the word appointment really be used l...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Can the word appointment really be used like that the pronunciation of the word beach (should you tell them or should I)I see honey, so the Rome soccer team lost because I came with you to the stadium… Okay, let me get this straight. You dont sell stamps, or envelopes, or post cards. Wait a second, isnt this the post office? I have developed a new habit: if my bus does not arrive within twenty minutes of me waiting, I just start walking What is the deal with smoking in banks Dont the gyms remind you of a hamsters cage

    originally posted by: Vanicole

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  • Anonymous - As I was getting ready, the telephone rep...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    As I was getting ready, the telephone repair man rang at my door at 8:45 in the morning. Even though my phone has been out of order for four days, Telecom had failed to make contact with me. Then, out of nowhere, they decide to come 15 minutes before I need to be at work. Because of the screaming Roman soccer fans who won the derby last night, I got very little sleep and I woke up in a bad mood. Late for work and all, this repair guy wants me to make him a cup of coffee.
    The reason for my phone line being down ended up being something that had nothing to do with Telecom Italia, at all. My actual cord was broken and therefore, there was no signal. It took him quite a while to fix the cable and neither one of us was happy about that...

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  • Shelley - My husband and I have been living in Napl...

    Published February 15th, 2003 by English Yellow Pages
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    My husband and I have been living in Naples for only five months and our Italian is extremely limited. We recently went to a local grocer and ordered two sandwiches in our broken Italian. He proceeded to charge us 40 euro for both sandwiches! Sandwiches aren’t that expensive in New York City! We refused to pay that amount and walked out. Needless to say, we won’t be going back.

    originally posted by: Shelley

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  • Liz - Has anybody noticed how general strikes a...

    Published January 23rd, 2003 by English Yellow Pages
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    Has anybody noticed how general strikes always take place on a FRIDAY?

    originally posted by: Liz

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  • Nana - As a frequent elderly visitor to Rome, vi...

    Published January 8th, 2003 by English Yellow Pages
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    As a frequent elderly visitor to Rome, visiting my grandchildren, I have found crossing streets made easier by standing on the inside of Romans, who are more aggressive than I am, and when they cross I go with them—sort of safety in numbers.

    Nana

    originally posted by: Nana

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  • vittorrio - Wonderful New Years--no problems. Loved ...

    Published January 2nd, 2003 by English Yellow Pages
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    Wonderful New Years—no problems. Loved the way they shut down Rome – very beautiful celebration . They do celebrate well in Europe.
    ciao vittorio

    originally posted by: vittorrio

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  • Maggi - On a recent visit to Rome while in Piazza...

    Published December 18th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    On a recent visit to Rome while in Piazza del Popolo my friends and I were having coffee when we noticed a very attractive tall Gypsy woman dressed in a full length turquoise dress and a beautiful full length leather coat.

    We noticed that many people who passed by this lady stopped to speak with her. She seemed to be very familiar and friendly with those who stopped.

    I decided that I would go over to her to see what the attraction was. She held out her hand and I put a euro in it. She smile, and placed what looked like a black bean of some sort in my hand. She said something to the effect that it was good fortune and that I should give her five more euros. I decided that I didn’t need five euros of good fortune ...

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  • jeff - I find it amazing how Italians would say ...

    Published November 24th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I find it amazing how Italians would say ‘5 minutes’ instead of ‘few minutes’ or ‘20 meters ahead’ instead of ‘few steps ahead’. I’m totally amazed by what seems a precise direction or exact frame of time, but I always find myself waiting more than 5 minutes and losing myself along the way after having walked 20 meters.

    originally posted by: jeff

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  • Sharla - I love the solidarity between drivers-- a...

    Published October 22nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I love the solidarity between drivers— and against the police. Whenever there’s a policeman hiding up ahead giving out speeding tickets, you’ll always find someone coming from the other direction warning you by blinking their high beam lights at you!

    originally posted by: Sharla

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