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  • E. Ness - Just the other day, I was walking by a st...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Just the other day, I was walking by a store and saw a coat that I just had to have. However, they did not accept credit cards and I only had my American checkbook with me. The young storeowner allowed me to take the coat home as long as I brought her the money the following day. Only in Italy!

    originally posted by: E. Ness

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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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