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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rimini

This little city on the Adriatic is just dozing now before it goes into winter hibernation. The temperature ranges from about 50 into the high 60s most days, and the huge array of beachfront bars and restaurants, the shops and hotels, all speak to summer months when this place must be wild and swarming. The Hotel Bikini, where we're staying, has a tour guide book in Russian and, like most European hotels, has literature in all the major European languages, but the newsstands tell a different story. All of the newspapers and magazines are in Italian, suggesting that in the main, this is a resort populated mostly by Italian vacationers during the summer months.
I've had the same funny reaction to Italian that I do when I visit most foreign countries. Hearing a language I don't know somehow activates my high school Spanish. Totally useless Spanish vocabulary, words that I've never heard or thought of since the 12th grade come back. Fortunately, when I needed it most, it turned out that the banyo was the bagnino. Close enough!
The mind is an entertaining device.

2 Comments:

Blogger naconfer said...

The contrast to our weeks could not be anymore extreme...people are tired of hearing, "I'd rather be in Rimini"...they'll here it more today.
Hopefully You and Kerri had someone capture the aerohelmets and girly bikes! I'm still laughing!!!
OH! Tell Kerri she made a better choice with the Ridley...not sure what Cervelo was thinking with that P4...the Ridley is so much sexier! Took tons of photo's:O).
Be safe, race well, see you soon.

September 25, 2008 7:02 AM  
Blogger naconfer said...

Sorry I missed the call but it was great hearing your voice on the message. Long week here and ready for home. See you soon!!!

September 26, 2008 12:19 AM  

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