0521 The Many Faces of Rimini (Ita 046â€”new)
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Iâ€™m looking forward to
But thereâ€™s something else about
So when I reach the Rimini Station, I make a beeline for the nearest Tourism Office, get directions to my hostel, ask about buses to San Marino and ask for, yes, a mapâ€¦
Call me a wuss, but Iâ€™m doing it the easy way this timeâ€¦
I quickly find my hostel.
God bless this tourist trap townâ€¦
After hiking way down the coast, I decide to cross under the railway and head back into town through a run of the mill residential neighbourhood. But just as Iâ€™m nearing my hostel, I figure Iâ€™ll go ahead and take a quick peek at the
At first I donâ€™t see a lot going onâ€¦ just a plaza turned into a parking lot, but then I see a crowd of people in an alley up aheadâ€¦ I go closer to see and findâ€¦
One of the coolest bands Iâ€™ve ever heard.
Iâ€™m not sure what youâ€™d call the style-- Itâ€™s like polka meets flamenco meets heavy metalâ€¦ They had an accordion, a guy singing and screaming in a death metal voiceâ€¦ and a trumpet playing these passionate solos that sounded a bit like gypsy/East European styleâ€¦
It was a really cool experienceâ€¦ something about the passionate music, mixed with the cheerful mingling going on in this packed, back alley of
I love this country.
Finally the concert ends and I head on my way. But my night is far from over.
I go back to the hostel where I run into a Finnish sociologist/musician who is in the middle of doing research in
I explain to him a bit about my Parkbenching Project, and he likes the idea, so I pull out my guitar and we take turns jamming tunes in a plaza that seems to be very popular with the younger
Finally, late into the night, I head on back to bedâ€¦ Itâ€™s been a very full eveningâ€¦
Two days laterâ€¦
I end up staying a total of 3 nights in my temporary â€śhomeâ€ť here in
The first day was about meeting folks and experience the
First are a couple of majestic arch gateways that are whatâ€™s left of the great wall that once encircled the city. On the south wall, an inscription catches my attention. Itâ€™s a plaque honouring the Canadian forces who â€śliberatedâ€ť this city from the â€śoccupyingâ€ť Nazis in World War IIâ€¦
Maybe I got my history wrongâ€¦ but I always had the idea that
Later I ask an Italian the question, â€śso do most Italians feel that you were the Italian people were victims in World War II or active participators?â€ť
â€śDefinitely victimsâ€ť was his quick response.
I had to ponder on that response for a long time. It seems to be a theme Iâ€™ve seen all throughout
After my weeks of exploring France where, â€śone size fits allâ€ť, Iâ€™m really growing to love the complexity and confusion of this land-- and admire its progress and the great accomplishments of its people in recent history, despite the huge barriers there are between them.
And I guess I can understand a bit better why people would follow a guy like Mussolini who was able to instill in the this sense of grandeur and unity that had been lost for 1500 yearsâ€¦
Back into town, I reach the castle, which is a pretty impressive structure-- but not the Senigalia modelâ€¦ Then I take a couple of photos of some of the old cathedrals and the Main plazasâ€¦ Iâ€™m tickled to see a list of
No disrespect for Ziguinchor (which I visited back in 2004) but I think
Then around on the north side of town where I come upon an authentic Roman bridge-- thatâ€™s still in use! Itâ€™s a beautiful structure with massive carved stones in 5 archesâ€¦ Itâ€™s really cool to see something from the Roman era that is not just ruinsâ€¦
Everything wasnâ€™t quite perfect here in
Close callâ€¦ I really doubt that I could go to all the cities Iâ€™ve seen in the last 50 days and retake the pictures Iâ€™ve taken-- but technically a city doesnâ€™t â€ścountâ€ť if I donâ€™t have a picture of me with my guitar in it! So I couldâ€™ve found myself in quite a predicament!
Anyways, I finally get it all sorted out, and I get ready to head on my way, for the third leg of my Italian tourâ€¦