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The Importance Of Being Blonde (In Italy)

Coffee Bar in Rome

Strange things happen when you are a foreigner. Even when you believe that you know the adopted culture and people well, some situations may leave you very surprised. In the following, I recount a strange experience¬†which still has me a bit baffled, upset and ashamed, and which brought together two different cultural assumptions … Continue Reading

Encounters: Do Visitors Pay More In Roman Bars?

A coffee bar on Campo de' Fiori

Do visitors pay more in Roman bars and restaurants? Er, yes. Of course they do!

I remember a sunny afternoon when my visiting father said to me, “I’ll just meet you at the bar opposite your apartment for a coffee in half an hour”. Secretly, he went there early, to take in all the italianit√† (and coffee) he possibly could, before leaving again for his cold home country. … Continue Reading

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