At Termini station in Rome I just came off the metro and made my way to the ground level when a skinny, tall, lanky, big eyed Italian approached me. This guy -Fabio looked like Ichabod Crane Disney version not Johnny Depp. He asked me if i was a model. I told him nope just a Jamaican. I continued to walk and he continued to talk to me. He asked me about Jamaica.
Side Note: Many Italians have no clue where Jamaica is. They do know where Dominican Republic , Brasil and Cuba are located , however for other reasons that I will share on another occasion. Anyway this is how the conversation usually goes except in an Italian accent.
Italian person named Fabio: Where are you from?
Fabio: Jamaica! I love Jamaica
Fabio: Where is Jamaica?
Imagine having this same conversation for six months. I decided to have a file saved on my phone and did the quick spread sheet with a map , showing location, population, food, flag, where I am from exactly , agriculture .etc.
So after I get the routine out of the way, he told me he had been to England and saw the Caribbean carnival and thought it was wonderful! He was there learning English and asked if I could have a coffee with him. So I did. We sat up stairs where there is a lovely view of train schedules and Armani ads. I got a cappuccino and I sat and enjoyed it slowly. Fabio asked me many questions about Jamaica and the Unites States and I gave him answers to the best of my ability.
Then we came to the occupation part. He asked me what I do, I told him: an educator. I asked him the same : private investigator. Now the conversation became interesting. So I asked what type of cases he gets. Fabio said sometimes criminal and most of the time infidelity. Oh Italia! He told me this is where the big bucks are, watching cheating spouses and naughty girlfriends and boyfriends. Apparently, money is no object when it’s about following a cheating lover. He told he once followed a “subject” to this station and boarded a Trenitalia train to Salerno without a ticket. He had to hide most of the trip in the restroom to avoid the train agents. I asked was it worth it? He told me yes she went to see her lover and spent the weekend.
Then to really get me going he told me he was following a “subject ” who was to arrive at the station for a 1:20 pm train. I said okay , well good luck. Then he went there….do you want to watch me work. I said no. He began to be persistent and pushy.
Why youdon’t want to wait with me ? You have a boyfriend ?
I said yes , he is from Napoli.
I learned that mentioning a boyfriend from Campagna region especially Napoli makes unwanted advances diminish. My friend’s nonna from Napoli taught me this. She said if a man is a man he will not be afraid of strong man from Naples.
Poor Naples has the worst reputation for no reason. It’s an older city. Some say the first state of Italy. It has it problems but so does NYC; people still live there. Anyway when I tell people from the north of Italy I am going to Napoli the reaction is something like this…” You be careful there, people die there. Because only bad people live there. et …YES! people do say this.
Back to Fabio. Fabio’s big eyes got quite bigger then he asked is he is a very jealous man then?
Yes , I say VERY. You know how they are.
After these words left my lips , Fabio decided to leave me be. I thanked him for the coffee and continued on my way. I did look over my shoulder just in case he was following me…after all he is a detective.