Subject: Re: Funny travel memories
Hi Zine friends...

Isn't it funny how the things one remembers the most from trips are the ones you didn't plan...

Upon arriving to Rome in 2002, my wife and I decided to start our sightseeing activities, first thing we saw was the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore... immediately I was on Tourist mode (map in one hand, camera on the other)... took a wrong turn, and ended up walking toward Termini train station, when this very helpful chubby guy in a car that seemed to small for his size, stops in the middle of the street and starts asking me in perfect "Mexican accent Spanish" directions on how to find Santa Maria Maggiore... I proceed to give directions (as if I knew...) and then the guys starts explaining how he has a kid in Monterrey and that he had driven all the way from Paris and that he worked for a Boutique... he ended up "giving" us a pair of what looked like leather jackets, we were reluctant to accept but he literally threw them out the window for us to catch... after that he insisted very politely that I give him some money for gas... to which I replied that I really did not have much and gave him 5 euro... don't ask me how but 15 min. later I had given him 30 Euro...

Of course the jackets were plain plastic. But the funny part was that when we arrived at the hotel early that morning they had given me a "welcome to Rome" brochure, some "city guide". Later that night when we were back in the hotel after a day of sightseeing and one very strange scam... I was relaxing in bed reading that "Welcome to Rome" brochure, and it had a section on that read "POPULAR SCAMS", and right there it had a detailed description of a scam that involved a well dressed man in a car, speaking many languages, "giving" free stuff, and one very dumb and confused tourist giving away money...

I felt exactly like Wiley Coyote...a sucker...

Fernando Luna In very cold El Paso...