The food is fine; I’ve just had a Big Mac and fries for the first time in years and it was great. I don’t have an issue with what they sell at all as long as people don’t live off the stuff. I know some do which is very sad but the vast majority don’t and we can’t blame the likes of McDonald’s for our obese children; the issue is closer to home than that.
I came in, not for the food but for the Internet access… but I had forgotten that Italy has laws which mean that all Internet use must be logged and to access the Wi-Fi network here in the Como branch of McDonald’s I needed to provide an Italian mobile number… Bugger. I had bought my Big Mac & fries in vain… This is going to be an issue throughout Italy so expect lots of posts from me but only limited ability to respond.
The issue I do have with McDonald’s is that it is the worst place in the world to try and speak a foreign language. Most of the items on the menu never seem to be translated into the local language so when you make an order it’s a real juggling act between using English and in this case Italian. I refuse to be one of those people who just walks in to any establishment outside an English-speaking country and automatically speaks English. In Switzerland I made sure that I was able to say in German “sorry I don’t speak German, do you speak English?” and used the expression to the point of boredom.
But entering this restaurant I did try and speak Italian only to be prompted by the person next in the queue who detected that I was English-speaking because I was able to pronounce “Big Mac” perfectly! There was nothing wrong with the Italian bits of the sentence! There continued a very difficult conversation, me trying my best to speak McDonald’s Italian and being prompted from all sides by people who thought I was just another English languages dunce. Arghhh!!! Rant over… Time to go and stare at the serenity of the lake and calm down.
I meet Simone by the way tomorrow at 8.37am outside the station for our cycle to Pavia via Milan.
And the picture, if you were wondering is my view from the window of McDonald’s keeping an eye on Reggie who is fixed to the post onto other side of the street.