My god-awful Friday teaching schedule (last class ends at 8:30 PM!) means I can only get to Amici for the final hour of their weekly English Corner, but I go anyway. I've met some very nice people there, and the coffee's good. Plus, the little kids who hang out there are adorable!
The first two times I went, it was pleasantly sparse. Each week, however, it has been more crowded, until tonight I walked into this mob:
The picture doesn't really do it justice, because I could only get wide enough to catch about a third of the crowd. It was so crowded, I wasn't even able to get that free cup of coffee before they closed. I'll get over it.
Here are a couple of the kids I enjoy talking to. I hadn't met the boy before, but the girl is a regular. Both of them speak English without accents, and with only a little less-developed grammar and vocabulary than American kids of their age.
Tonight, she had brought a goofy, form-fitting paper hat that she thought made the wearer look like a clove of garlic.
Her mission was to get as many people to wear it as possible. Here is one of the waitresses looking like a clove of garlic.
And of course, your faithful correspondent was talked into wearing it, too:
Actually, wearing that wine-colored shirt, it makes me look less like a clove of garlic than a bottle of zinfandel.