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1. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Right then. Boredom on the previous Friday night meant the next one was going to be something special. 40quid later, we'd purchased tickets with our friends at RyanAir. Sorted.

Landing in 'Turino' was a real slap in the face. After consuming a fair amount of vodka on the flight, the ice cold rainy snow slush made for a nice freshen' up. I'm not going to explain the details of finding a coach to the center, or trying to 'blend in' so as not to get mugged.

30 minutes later, we'd arrived at the Olympic capital. Getting off the coach we witnessed an old man being trapped in the coach luggage hold. A real Indiana Jones moment. The door closing in, you could see the fear in his eyes. We jumped to his assistance, yelling, in typical English, 'Oi..'old up mate' at the coach driver's window. He made a lucky escape, and was grateful we intervened.

First thoughts? It looks OK, but every corner on every street had construction work. I'm talking everywhere. Olympic money no doubt. With that said, it was difficult to see what all the fuss was about.

The venture for a few bars to keep the moral up proved a challenge, at 11pm, this place was empty. It was time to make contact with the next group of locals. Only thing is, no one speaks English here. Stupid.

We eventually found the typically loud Italian's, and by using various sign language (always works), English (force of habit), Italian (!?) and limited GCSE Spanish (why not?), we got ourselves invited to a few cool bars, and later, a pretty funky club. We left having made a strong bond with the group, taking away email addresses and a list of things we must see in Turin. We felt touched they'd taken the time and effort to help us out. My view of Italian's has since improved.

After my rather reserved first impression of the place, It became apparent it was quite beautiful here. With the snow settling and the sun starting to appear, it made for a picturesque frosty morning. Home time seemed to come round all too quickly, despite the late flight home and the 3hour delay in the filthy, freezing cold terminal.

Lasting Impression? Very pleasant, but under construction.

2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Quoting andarts

It was time to make contact with the next group of locals. Only thing is, no one speaks English here. Stupid.

We eventually found the typically loud Italian's

Do you really expect everyone to speak English when you visit someone elses country and also refer to them in that way.
Its people with attitudes like that that give others a bad name

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Como si dire ignorante in inglese?

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 10y

Wow, you should write for the Times travel section. That was quite a review and I can not wait to see Turin during the Olympics in a couple weeks. Thanks for the commentary. It is great to get a young persons perspective on visiting a new city; so cleaver how you blended witty sarcasm while describing how lame your time was.

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

Como si dire ignorante in inglese?

6. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Do you really expect everyone to speak English when you visit someone elses country and also refer to them in that way.
Its people with attitudes like that that give others a bad name

Thank you for your reply -reece-. Of course I don't expect 'everyone' to speak English in a foreign country, that would be extremely ignorant of me. One or two however, is more than reasonable. The fact English is spoken by 508million people, I was somewhat taken aback by the lack of it in Turin. I suddenly found myself struggling, due to being bought up in England, where as you know, language's are not seen as of importance. I didn't get angry, just politely said thank you in Italian and moved on.

Before you judge me further, I'm learning Spanish, have lived in Costa Rica, and don't own an England football shirt. For you to say I'm 'giving others a bad name' is unjust; I'm looking to express my opinion and make people laugh, nothing more.

Como si dire ignorante in inglese?

Thank you for your feedback tway.

Wow, you should write for the Times travel section. That was quite a review and I can not wait to see Turin during the Olympics in a couple weeks. Thanks for the commentary. It is great to get a young persons perspective on visiting a new city; so cleaver how you blended witty sarcasm while describing how lame your time was.

Thank you for reply moscowmetr. I'm sensing a slight edge of sarcasm and wittiness from you also, on describing my review. If however your being serious, I'm glad you enjoyed the commentary.

I certainly did not have a 'lame' time in Turin. I enjoyed it and will be going back. I'm disappointed my review wasn't read in this way, and will take this comment on board when I write the next one.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Io ti offrire una consiglio: don't quit your day job.

8. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

thanks for contributing andarts, you might find setting up a tp blog is well suited to you and posts like this in future? just a thought...

and welcome to tp!! look forward to seeing you around

:)

m

[ Edit: edit :) ]

9. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Io ti offrire una consiglio: don't quit your day job.

Thank you for contributing again tway

thanks for contributing andarts, you might find setting up a tp blog is well suited to you and posts like this in future? just a thought...

and welcome to tp!! look forward to seeing you around

Thanks for the welcome, I too look forward to posting more on this forum!:)

10. Posted by smackerszj (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

why should he post this review in a blog?this was a helpful review that should be in the forum for all to see!