I’ve been quite disturbed by one factor of Italian life: the public transportation. I have absolutely no problem with the system itself; it’s great for the environment, fantastic for a budget minded traveler, and is normally very efficient. I only have a problem with the people.
There could be ten people on our mini-metro for five minutes, and not a word would be spoken. It’s like all of the outgoing, happiness in their souls dies moments after stepping through the doors. I do my best to combat this with a number of jokes, but if I’m not getting cold stares from strangers, then I’m being politely asked by my friends to “shut my butt.”
So today, my dream came true when an Italian girl used one of my favorites in the public elevator. We entered and before pressing the only button for up (there are two levels), she asked, “Wait, where are we going?” I immediately responded, “UP!” and applauded her while expressing my relief at finding a fellow appreciator of public humor.
Thus, in honor of elevator jokes, I bring to you the masters of public comedy.
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That’s right, it turns out we rock. I write to you today about my class for two reasons. Primarily, because they couldn’t be more boss. The second and sadder reason is that already some have had to depart. Joao from Brazil and Sylvia from South Korea (the Italian-name alternative to her real name) have returned to their home countries.
I miss them already!!!
The night before they left, we threw them a party, and celebrated the bond that has been formed between all of us. We’ve had good times in class, learned another language that facilitated our relationships, and the sadness of having to depart from each other so early.
My classroom is a microcosm of the world, and it’s incredible every day seeing that, true to the Italian saying, “Tutto il mondo e’ una paese.” This means: “All of the world is a village.” And what THIS means is that no matter where you come from, countries will have the same problems, the same conflicts, and in the end the same kind of people who want to see the best in others and enjoy the life and experiences given to them.