I spent last week in Italy on business. Usually I feel very comfortable during my international travels and have spent so much time in Italy over the years that it is almost like being at home.
However on Sunday I had a real shock that once again made me realize I was truly in a foreign land. While atteding a trade show in Verona, my Italian counterpart and I decided to break for a quick lunch at a snack stand. These places are located all about the convention areas and sell Pannini sandwiches, ice cream, coffee, beer etc. There are always huge crowds trying to get an afternoon espresso or beer. While standing in a line of people 5 deep what do I see on the overhead TV, not football, or soccer, but rather it was the cycling world championship.!!! Not only that, but the crowd was watching it, seemed to know what was going on!! and weren't yelling for the barrista to change the channel.
Suddenly I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore. Who were these strangers?