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

    Published December 22nd, 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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  • claudio - The Italians are the sweetest people. No...

    Published November 5th, 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 24th, 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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  • David - Ever been to the center on weekend mornin...

    Published July 3rd, 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 3rd, 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 3rd, 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 16th, 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 24th, 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 9th, 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 3rd, 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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