0497 Reaching the Adriatic Coast (Ita 022â€”new)
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â€¦And finally, I reach the
One thing that catches my eye is an open air market right near the train station run entirely by Africans. It includes stalls selling jackets, shoes, counterfeit Gucci bags-- and even a little â€śmini cinemaâ€ť where you can sit in front of a TV and watch African moviesâ€¦
Itâ€™s nice to see African vendors-- who are just trying to make a living-- being shown a bit of respect by being given their own little turfâ€¦ but it raises a question: by providing them with this market, is the government sanctioning counterfeiting?
I head down to the beach which is nothing but neatly lined up beach umbrellas and beach chairs for as far as the eye can seeâ€¦ But theyâ€™re all empty nowâ€¦ Apparently, even though itâ€™s technically still summer, beach season is overâ€¦
There is a lively pedestrian walkway through townâ€¦ and a pleasant walk along the shoreâ€¦
Definitely a different blend of people here on the Eastsideâ€¦ A lot of Africans selling umbrellas, lighters-- just about anythingâ€¦ A lot of Roma folks begging or buskingâ€¦ And quite a few South Asians as well, some of them selling things as well, others running the little cybercafĂ©/call centersâ€¦
Overall I continue to get the impression that people are much more unfriendly on this side.
I have a rather odd experience, I stop for some ice cream and the guy serves me a triple coneâ€¦ I go to pay, but he refuses to accept. After I finish I go to try to pay again, thinking it was a misunderstanding, he refuses againâ€¦ After I thank him and walk out, he hurries out and brings me a bottle of waterâ€¦
Not quite sure to make of it-- maybe he was a poor immigrant himself at one time and seeing me reminded him of hard timesâ€¦
I must say I was touched by his kindness-- misguided as it might have beenâ€¦