Yes, this is how I spend what little free time I have these days :'-(
Whatever drug they put in driking water over in Italy, I want a hit.
Everyone is super happy and friendly and goes out of their way
to help you, no matter how clueless you might come across as.
Everyone rides bikes. On the pavement. Chances of getting hit by a car are
relatively low compared to being run over by a bicycle.
Dogs are everywhere. Everyone owns at least one and they're welcome in
nearly all types of stores and in most hotels. No strays, though, at
least none that I've seen.
Rimini is a lot bigger than I was lead to believe. The old town is where
you're most likely to experience the Italy you've seen in movies,
but the city also has a few posh residential quarters with beautiful
tree lined streets between rows of old villas and gardens. San
Gulliano di Mare has a particularly lovely quarter filled with small
vintage houses with brightly colored doors and windows. There are
murals painted on each house, most of which are related to the life
and work of Rimini's most famous resident Federico Fellini. The
whole thing is pretty sublime, kind of like walking straight into a
cartoon. As for your typical seaside attractions, Rimini's coast is
15 km of fine sand crammed with all sorts of activities and services
you'd expect to find on such a large resort. The sea is very warm,
but kind of greenish and murky (though chemically clean), and the
water level remains fairly shallow in about 70% of the designated
swimming areas. I'm talking hip-level shallow, so it's probably not
the best place for people who enjoy swimming. The nightlife isn't
exactly fabulous, but there's plenty of cute bars and stuff with
live music and/or karaoke that stay open all night long. The prices
are decent, considering it's a tourist resort, but there was one
thing that pissed me off big time: in stores, chilled bottled water is 2-4
times more expensive than the warm-as-piss off the shelf variety.
98% of the people I've had contact with don't speak any foreign
languages. I blame dubbing. On the other hand, in San Marino,
everyone has, at the very least, basic command of English, German
and Russian. I've even ran into a couple of store clerks who were
fairly fluent in Serbian.
Speaking of San Marino, the little toy state is to die for. The architecture
is quaint, the narrow little toy streets are buzzing with people
from all over the globe, and if the view of the surroundings from up
there doesn't stop the breath in your throat, you ain't human. There
are several small museums, about half of which are only there to
squeeze some money out of people who are traveling with kids (one
extremely cheesy vampire museum seems to be particularly popular).
Also there seems to be some serious weapon fetish going on over
there. You can find everything from shurikens to rifles on every
street corner. One store even had a pink tommy gun, which is
something I've never seen, even in cartoons. Other common sale items
include perfumes, sunglasses, leather products and jewelry, all
relatively cheap. If you appreciate memorabilia, you can get your
passport stamped for 5 euros at local tourist information offices.
Lunch is serious business in Italy, meaning that stores are closed between
01 and 04 every afternoon. The food is about as good as you'd expect
in most restaurants, but apparently pretty bleh in most hotels, the
one I was staying in included. Though, they did serve great pasta.
I've tried 8 different sauces and loved every single one of them.
In summation, it's been quite an experience and I definitely look
forward to exploring this fuckawesome country more thoroughly in the
Italy was phenomenal, details later.
I have high hopes for this show. Not Beast Wars-level high, but this could easily be at least as good, if not better than Animated.