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  • GILMAN - I am a long time reader and first time co...

    Published December 21st, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I am a long time reader and first time contributer to Culture Shock Diary. I was very interested in the story about the encounter with the “Attractive tall Gypsy women” because I too have met her. Unlike your writer, I indeed did give her five euros in exchange for five “black beans”.

    Those five black beans have changed my life forever!! I started a new business which has become a very profitable endevour. I have left my former boring job and am now my own Boss!

    I owe it all to that chance meeting with the Gypsy Women.

    Gilman

    originally posted by: GILMAN

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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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  • claudio - The Italians are the sweetest people. No...

    Published November 4th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    The Italians are the sweetest people. No sign of malice towards anybody. I needed a ticket for the subway. It was late at night . The ticket attentant just stamped my old ticket.
    Only in Italy-wonderful warm people.

    originally posted by: claudio

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  • Andy - Anyone checked there Telecom bill lately?...

    Published October 23rd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Anyone checked there Telecom bill lately? Last month, I noticed an extra charge on my bill titled “teleconomy”. Upon further reading, I discovered that this is a service offered by telecom in which you pay a fixed rate of 9.95 euro every two months. With this offer, you’re supposed to notice savings on local and national calls.

    I never asked for this service because I subscribe with libero. When I called to cancel, I was given the longest sales pitch in human history on the benefits of telecom over any other company. In fact, I put down the phone receiver, went into the kitchen, made lunch, ate lunch, washed the dishes, returned to the phone and, she was still talking!!

    Anyway, I finally canceled this ...

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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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  • Cathy - The Italians have a habit of saying "Ci v...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    The Italians have a habit of saying “Ci vediamo” which means “Be seeing you”. It means nothing. It is just another way of saying goodbye with a vague promise of getting together soon. I did not realize how much this Italian way has clung to me. When on my last trip to the States I ended a phone converstion with “Be seeing you” that person actually called me a week later to say “Where’ve you been? You said we’d be seeing each other?” Oops!

    originally posted by: Cathy

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  • Stephanie L. - I was so surprisd when I first took my cl...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I was so surprisd when I first took my clothes to the cleaners. Not only did I not get a receipt, but they did not even asked me my name! They had never seen me before but all the man said was..“They’ll be ready Thursday”. Back home in the States they fill out a receipt with your name, address, phone number and apt. number. I like the Italian way better. It’s quicker and friendlier.

    originally posted by: Stephanie L.

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  • Stella L. - I was dining with my Italian husband at a...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I was dining with my Italian husband at an outdoor restaurant. There was an American couple of tourists at a near-by table. At a certain point , I raised my arm to call over the waiter. The woman at the other table called over to me..“You’re American, aren’t you?” “Why, yes”, I said. “How did you know?” “When you raised your arm I noticed you didn’t have any hair under it”
    I’d like to be recognized for other things!

    originally posted by: Stella L.

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  • Judy - Everyday when I pick up my five year old ...

    Published September 11th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Everyday when I pick up my five year old from nursery school, the teacher talks to me only about what little Tommy ate and what he did not eat! She never mentions how he is getting along with the others, or how he colors, etc.! I noticed the teacher is quite elated when she can tell me that he ate a hearty lunch!

    originally posted by: Judy

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