Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Italian malls- centri commerciali

Quick- where is the above located? Amsterdam, Singapore, Omaha? No, Italy.

Why weren't you able to tell where it is? Easy, it's a mall. And they're all alike. And that ain't good.

Yes, the so-called holiday season is upon us. We've just been through Black Friday (for non-Americans, the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday, both dedicated to the noble art of shopping and over-consumption. As if we didn't over-eat and over-buy all year long, we have to top it off toward the end of the year.

I was still living in Italy when they started to have malls, called centri commerciali, twenty years ago. They used to be a rarity, but now they're all over the place. In examining this phenomenon in Italy, I turned to the Internet and forums where Italians speak their mind. More than one person expressed the sentiment (?) that the mall was a good place to go on Sunday when you didn't know what else to do.

Can you imagine living in Italy and not knowing what to do on your day off? You must be an idiot.

Well, that's enough for my holiday rant. Italian malls- what an idea.