In Italy, most days it’s impossible to just walk down the street in peace.
It seems like everyone I pass just has to ask me something, from the usual “Do you know what time it is?” to the more.. unique:
“Are you Swedish?”
“Do you need a Tour guide?”
Answer: No (honest answer- YES, but seriously where will this tour even lead.)
“Can you teach me English?” (Other forms: Can you teach my brother/mom/children/cat…)
Answer: Probably not.
“Do you want me teach you Italian?”
Answer: I mean, yeah but–NO. Are you even a teacher? Are you qualified? Is this your first time? Are we really just going to go out to dinner and end up mostly playing charades? In that case, why aren’t you just asking me on a date? (see next question.)
“Do you want me to show you secret spot in Rome?”
Answer: No response/Walk faster. Actually a terrifying proposition.
“Is that your natural hair color?”
(Answer: No! That’s why I’m in Italy. Just trying to get back to my roots….)