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post #31441 of 44011
Bless you Pawz. Your testimony is truly inspirational. Thank you. Beautiful fit btw.
post #31442 of 44011
End of my discovery of ROME, ITALY.

Personal evaluation: 2/5 rating

So far so good, FRANCE and the United Kingdom remain the best countries of Europe thus far when it comes to diversity. Don't think I would be going back to ITALY any time soon. Just thought I was in the wrong country especially for a person of colour. Few days to the end of my holiday, I came head to head with a bunch of extreme wing fascists (girls, boys, people of certain age included) who thought it was cool to call me the N word (Nero, Negro, N**** word openly in the public without the Police (Carabinieri) who were few yards away doing anything about it. I am not offended if I'm called what I naturally represent but must be done under a pleasant atmosphere. When it is mentioned spitefully with an inflammatory ulterior motive, then it becomes a rancorous racially targeted issue for concern. Some local passer-by foreigners, who by now are use to their derogatory slurs told me that it is a common intrinsic behavioural pattern towards foreigners but more so for people of darker melanin and enquired if I was a tourist because from the indication of things, I did look like one. Before my departure to ITALY, I always thought they were nice people with lovely gastronomy, great fashion sense, alas, I know better. To some extent, I think they do but for a different type of people, certainly not for us. They live in perpetual prejudice. All my Italian friends in the UK feel so ashamed of the behaviour of their people towards foreigners because over here in the UK, they are treated good. I don't want this to stir a controversy here. This is my personal experience and I felt like sharing it.

Pros:

Very clean country
Metro in Rome is very spacious and clean
Tall buildings / apartments everywhere in ROME
Room sizes are very generous and same for their WCs
Lovely restaurants, architecture, monuments everywhere

Cons:

If you don't speak Italian, you are on your own.
They are real mafias (at the airport, they tried to chance me by quoting me €90 for a journey that would otherwise cost €8.90 by bus), simply because I was wearing a fur coat. I just thought that was not attractive on their part.
It is certainly not a multi-cultural country (Few people of colour that I met there live rough on the streets of ROME especially in deplorable conditions). Even the ones born there have nothing positive to talk about the country.
Embarrassing unfriendly stares that infer jealousy, anger, aggression considering that I was wearing suits almost all the time.
A lot of pick pockets in the metro perpetrated mostly by people of eastern European origin
Car rental was a nightmare and I would advice anyone going there to stick to the Metro.
Parking space is an issue in the centre of ROME.

At the airport, a Dutch gentleman ran out of luck with the Italian Police. Long story short, the dude had 20 kg to check in. He checked-in his bag which was way below 20 kg and at the same time, had a big guitar which he needed to check-in and pay for. The dude could not speak Italian and no one even the air ticket attendants tried to help him. The Dutch dude did not want to be separated from his guitar because he wanted to take that as a hand luggage onto the aircraft and also did not want to pay an extra €120 for it. They insisted that he needed to check it in. What baffled me the most was how this Dutch dude was treated badly by the Carabinieri (Italian Police) certainly unprofessional. They were called in by the airport attendants and as soon as they arrived, they did not try to initiate a dialogue with him to ascertain what went wrong and try to suggest a solution. 4 Italian Police men thought it was nice to jump on a defenceless passenger like a swarm of bees and dragged him out of the airport forcefully. At the sight of the event, I pulled out my camera to cover the scene but I was apprehended by another Italian airport attendant who told me straight away to cut short the video coverage and that failure to do so would result in the Italian Police confiscating my camera. Sure that speaks volumes about how people are treated over there….. enough is enough !


Anyway, I could not wait to leave the country. For my souvenir, I still bought an Italian flag that I have hanging in my office. Thought I should share some photos of my departure.


post #31443 of 44011
@mcobinad yes, racism sadly is very prevalent in Italy, especially the south. Milan players have walked off the pitch due to racist chants from the crowd. The Berlusconi family used some pretty strong slurs to describe Mario Balotelli (a twat no doubt, but undeserving of racial slurs).

Glad you got to discover a new city and country.
post #31444 of 44011
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On the off chance that you might be wondering what those who went to the Met were wearing (sadly, no one was wearing any Pikachus) here's a link.


On a related subject, if you'd like to add a Gudetama lanyard to what you wear, please send me a private message and I will send you the one I got at Comikaze.

http://lastnightatthemet.com

That page should have been titled "Downfall of western civilization"
:-)
post #31445 of 44011
mcobinad, you have confirmed my suspicions about a person of color traveling in Italy. I'm sure (hope?) your experience was not truly representative, but it's enough like other things I've heard and read to make me hesitant to visit.
post #31446 of 44011
Ah, humans. Ever the least pleasant of all the primates.

I'm sorry you ran into some assholes, MC. I did enjoy seeing your pictures, though, so thanks for sharing.
post #31447 of 44011

For those who found the link to the "Last Night At The Met" website to be amusing, Rose Callahan, the lady who takes the "Last Night At The Met" pictures, also takes the pictures for the "Dandy Portraits" website.

http://dandyportraits.blogspot.com

Whatever one might think of the pictures, unlike some of the pictures posted on some websites, they are pictures of entire people, taken by another person, and taken somewhere other than in the house of the person in the picture, thus proving that the person in the picture actually went out of their house dressed like that. 

post #31448 of 44011
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For those who found the link to the "Last Night At The Met" website to be amusing, Rose Callahan, the lady who takes the "Last Night At The Met" pictures, also takes the pictures for the "Dandy Portraits" website.

http://dandyportraits.blogspot.com    [...]

 

I haven't been to the Met for quite a few years.

 

Things have, um, changed ...

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #31449 of 44011

"Right now" was an evening party last Tuesday - winter whites with turquoise corduroy jacket and cognac coloured quarter brogues.

post #31450 of 44011
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Originally Posted by gs77 View Post

That page should have been titled "Downfall of western civilization"
:-)

happy.gif I was going to say "fugly people dressed like shit", but yours is certainly more poetic.


@mcobinad that is certainly unfortunate, but you sound surprised. Have you travelled much? Having been to over 30 countries spread over every continent (except Antarctica of course) I'm sorry to say this happens everywhere… and not just to "people of darker melanin" as you put it.

On a more related note, I like that SC!
post #31451 of 44011
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End of my discovery of ROME, ITALY.

Personal evaluation: 2/5 rating

So far so good, FRANCE and the United Kingdom remain the best countries of Europe thus far when it comes to diversity. Don't think I would be going back to ITALY any time soon. Just thought I was in the wrong country especially for a person of colour. Few days to the end of my holiday, I came head to head with a bunch of extreme wing fascists (girls, boys, people of certain age included) who thought it was cool to call me the N word (Nero, Negro, N**** word openly in the public without the Police (Carabinieri) who were few yards away doing anything about it. I am not offended if I'm called what I naturally represent but must be done under a pleasant atmosphere. When it is mentioned spitefully with an inflammatory ulterior motive, then it becomes a rancorous racially targeted issue for concern. Some local passer-by foreigners, who by now are use to their derogatory slurs told me that it is a common intrinsic behavioural pattern towards foreigners but more so for people of darker melanin and enquired if I was a tourist because from the indication of things, I did look like one. Before my departure to ITALY, I always thought they were nice people with lovely gastronomy, great fashion sense, alas, I know better. To some extent, I think they do but for a different type of people, certainly not for us. They live in perpetual prejudice. All my Italian friends in the UK feel so ashamed of the behaviour of their people towards foreigners because over here in the UK, they are treated good. I don't want this to stir a controversy here. This is my personal experience and I felt like sharing it.

Pros:

Very clean country
Metro in Rome is very spacious and clean
Tall buildings / apartments everywhere in ROME
Room sizes are very generous and same for their WCs
Lovely restaurants, architecture, monuments everywhere

Cons:

If you don't speak Italian, you are on your own.
They are real mafias (at the airport, they tried to chance me by quoting me €90 for a journey that would otherwise cost €8.90 by bus), simply because I was wearing a fur coat. I just thought that was not attractive on their part.
It is certainly not a multi-cultural country (Few people of colour that I met there live rough on the streets of ROME especially in deplorable conditions). Even the ones born there have nothing positive to talk about the country.
Embarrassing unfriendly stares that infer jealousy, anger, aggression considering that I was wearing suits almost all the time.
A lot of pick pockets in the metro perpetrated mostly by people of eastern European origin
Car rental was a nightmare and I would advice anyone going there to stick to the Metro.
Parking space is an issue in the centre of ROME.

At the airport, a Dutch gentleman ran out of luck with the Italian Police. Long story short, the dude had 20 kg to check in. He checked-in his bag which was way below 20 kg and at the same time, had a big guitar which he needed to check-in and pay for. The dude could not speak Italian and no one even the air ticket attendants tried to help him. The Dutch dude did not want to be separated from his guitar because he wanted to take that as a hand luggage onto the aircraft and also did not want to pay an extra €120 for it. They insisted that he needed to check it in. What baffled me the most was how this Dutch dude was treated badly by the Carabinieri (Italian Police) certainly unprofessional. They were called in by the airport attendants and as soon as they arrived, they did not try to initiate a dialogue with him to ascertain what went wrong and try to suggest a solution. 4 Italian Police men thought it was nice to jump on a defenceless passenger like a swarm of bees and dragged him out of the airport forcefully. At the sight of the event, I pulled out my camera to cover the scene but I was apprehended by another Italian airport attendant who told me straight away to cut short the video coverage and that failure to do so would result in the Italian Police confiscating my camera. Sure that speaks volumes about how people are treated over there….. enough is enough !


Anyway, I could not wait to leave the country. For my souvenir, I still bought an Italian flag that I have hanging in my office. Thought I should share some photos of my departure.


 

My wife and I went to Italy for Christmas two years ago.  We had a great time.  We live in NYC which is full of people who glare for all kinds of reasons.  To be honest, I didn't notice much by the way of rudeness.  It may be that I'm just use to NY rudeness which couldn't possibly be topped.  Or maybe everyone is nicer during Christmas.  

post #31452 of 44011
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It may be that I'm just use to NY rudeness which couldn't possibly be topped.

 

Ever been to Frankfurt?

post #31453 of 44011
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

Ever been to Frankfurt?

Hee hee hee. smile.gif

As a New Yorker in Frankfurt, I can confirm there are definite similarities.

PS. I'm poking fun at NY and Frankfurt rudeness. Not the racism. Those racist fcukers who were despicable to Mcobinad should be slapped around and dropped in the sewer where crap like them belong.
post #31454 of 44011
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Originally Posted by mcobinad View Post
Pros:

Very clean country


I think that you should visit Nordic countries. My own notion is that, while mostly beautiful, Italy is in my "rather dirty country" -list. Which is OK, but I was a bit shocked in the first time.

 

 

post #31455 of 44011
And also, Italy is infamous for its right-wing, racist radicals. Disgusting.
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