This morning when I made pancakes, two of my roommates were around. And super excited.

Manuele: Are you making pancakes?
Me: Yup. You want some?
Manuele: Of course! Thanks.
Me: No problem. I made a lot.
Manuele: Do you have maple syrup too?
Me: Yup.
Manuele: Omigod. That's great!
[We sit down and all eat pancakes.]
Manuele: These are amazing. You know, you could sell these in Trastevere.
Me: What?
Marco: He says you could open up a stand to sell pancakes in Trastevere.
Manuele: Yeah, you could charge 3.50E.
Me: For one pancake?
Manuele: Oh, definitely. With syrup, of course. How much did you pay for this [250ml] bottle of syrup?
Me: 6.50E. It was expensive.
Manuele: Wow. But these are really very good.
Me: Thanks.
Manuele: So you eat these for breakfast in America?
Me: Yes, we eat them for breakfast.
Manuele: What time do you get up in the morning?
Me: Today? Or in general?
Manuele: In America, what time do you get up in the morning?
Me: It depends on what I have to do.
Manuele: But, if you have to be at work at 9am, when do you get up?
Me: I guess around 7 or 7:30am.
Manuele: So you can get up at 7:30, make pancakes, get ready for work, and drive there by 9am?
Me: Ooohhhh, no. In general, we eat pancakes on the weekend.
Manuele: Oh. So you don't eat them every day? I thought perhaps you woke up 3 hours before work and made pancakes.
Me: Hehehe, no.
Manuele: So what do you eat when you don't eat pancakes?
Me: Uhm, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, croissant...
Manuele: Oh.

I was sad to break it to him that America is not the land of daily pancakes. He told me that Patrick is a lucky man because my pancakes are amazing. I couldn't bear to tell him that even children in America can make pancakes or that Patrick doesn't actually like them.

But hey. If I ever want to live in Italy and can't find work, apparently I can open an IHOP. Only I'd have to sell pancakes for dessert because no self-respecting Italian would eat them for breakfast.


Chris Cameron said…
I guess that would prove that IHOP is in fact international.

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