Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Rome is filled with countless plazas, each with a remarkable history, and most with a cafe or two nearby. My first cup of tea in the country was in such a cafe, where I began to learn new and exciting things about Italy. Specifically, they've mastered the "to go" element of coffee. Not only does a shot of espresso easily go down in a gulp or two, it's common to walk in, buy an espresso, drink it, and walk out, in under two minutes, without sitting down. It's so common, in fact, that there are different prices for drinking at the counter and drinking in a chair. Rome is perhaps one of the few places in the world that rivals New York for being fast-paced. Thus, I think I was somewhat of a novelty (and nuisance) for (1) getting tea, and (2) sitting down for hours on end.

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