Hamburger and Fries $16 in Italy?

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Aug 25th, 2003, 02:26 PM
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$16 is a bargain compared to the 20.50 Euros I paid for pizza, salad & a coke near the Vatican. Also, the terrace bar at Atlante Star charges 8 Euro for a Fanta. If you want the burger, go to one of the many McDonalds & pay a reasonable price.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 02:44 PM
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Sounds like a bargain to me (if you really HAVE to have a hamburger and fries in Italy). I was just reading an article about burgers in the US, mentioning a number of places where the hamburger tops $25 each. It's been several years since I had a $21 hamburger at 21 Club in NYC.

And just for the record, what is an "average" hamburger in Rome? A hamburger is not within the normal range of food, except at McDonald's, so I'd find it hard to believe that's a true picture.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 02:46 PM
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Thanks, Mark (I also know the difference between "mean" and "median" ), but the point of my post -- perhaps, admittedly, not made very well -- was about perception vs. reality.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 03:11 PM
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McDonalds? pah!

What about Starbucks???

JUST KIDDING! Can't imagine ordering burger and fries in another country, but then a familiar logo is sometimes a welcome site too.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 03:20 PM
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Everyone I know who has been to Rome says they only went to the McDonalds because the bathrooms were the cleanest in the city...and then, before they knew it, that old familiar smell of burgers was wafting past them...and autopilot kicked in and they found themselves standing helplessly in line...for a BigMac...sigh...happens to the best of them!!!
 
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Aug 25th, 2003, 03:23 PM
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The only time I needed a McD. fix was in Moscow, after a month of eating Russian "food" I literally ran into McD's to get some fries and catsup!

Then we ran down the street to Pizza Hut and paid like 40$ for a cheese pizza.

The only good food we had eaten before this were the bananas sold by street venders, so when we got to Moscow we were primed for American Junk.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 06:21 PM
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Probably at McDonalds but they are air conditioned and serve large drinks with ice.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 08:02 PM
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Since someone resurrected this message, I thought I'd let you know that I am the original poster of the question. I returned from Italy last week and a burger and fries did not cost $16. Food was very affordable in Rome and Tuscany -- the same cost or slightly less than in the U.S. and this was before the dollar started gaining on the euro last week. By the way, a burger, small fries and small drink at McDonald's in Siena was about $5.00.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 10:31 PM
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JeannetteC,

Thanks for taking the time to follow up and for setting the record straight.
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Aug 26th, 2003, 12:12 AM
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Don't worry JeanetteC,
Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood still give you a good chance to be charged $16 for fashionable hamburger & fries.
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Aug 26th, 2003, 05:43 AM
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Yes, JO JO, I am a gay man. And Calamari, if I ever stopped taking my medication, Roussel Uclaf stock would plummet.
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Aug 26th, 2003, 06:56 AM
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Aw shucks, I knew it all along. By all means and for the sake of my kids college fund...do not stop!

Now that you are back, are we all going to start laughing again?
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Aug 26th, 2003, 06:58 AM
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I still think you were one of my sisters at Dartmouth.
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Aug 26th, 2003, 07:10 AM
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Aug 26th, 2003, 12:19 PM
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Aug 26th, 2003, 01:24 PM
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You didn't go to Dartmouth, Calamari. What year did you graduate??? Where did you live?? What is the moniker of the English department??
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Aug 26th, 2003, 01:51 PM
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"New Hamp"
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Aug 26th, 2003, 03:16 PM
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Ummmmmm, no, that's not quite right. I guess you graduated so long ago (1920, and before your sex change) that you have forgotten.
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Aug 26th, 2003, 05:14 PM
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ThinGorgus, I cannot resist. Your mention of Dartmouth brings back to mind a little ditty I saw carved into a wooden table top in one of Dartmouth's eating halls, by a lascivious (or hopeful) student:

Two kinds of girls in the world
To wit,
Those who swallow
And those who spit

And you know I didn't make this up.
 
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Aug 26th, 2003, 07:38 PM
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Was this in Thayer?? I don't think they have wooden tables anymore, but I can hardly remember something so trivial. I graduated 12 years ago.
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