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I’m seated at a rustic table, waiting for what will turn out to be the very worst Italian meal of my life. Outside the restaurant it’s pouring with rain, which is why I’m here: this is the closest restaurant to the hotel where I’m staying.

Directly behind me I can hear a male American voice and I guess from the accent that he’s from Florida, probably somewhere in…