My worst football related moment in Torino II
Being a sportjournalist is always fun. Well, at least most of the time...
In august 2004 Juventus bought the swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Ajax. I was sent down to Torino by my swedish newspaper to cover the press conference and to talk to people in Torino about the new Juve-player.
It was one of those days you never think will end. I started my trip at 5 am from Sweden, got to my hotel in Torino at 11, went directly to Stadio Delle Alpi for the interviews, and then got back to the hotel at 3pm.
Dinnner-time? No way... I had to go out and ask the "normal" people on the street what they thought about Ibrahimovic, order from my boss.
Normally in Italy everyone cares about football. Everyone talks about it, don't matter if you're a 20-year-old guy, or a 92-year-old woman. You know football anyway.
Well, not in Torino... It took me three hours to find five people who knew anything about football...
And then another hour and a half to find two more people, since two of the first one didn't want to let me take a photo of them for the newspaper...
Got back to the hotel shortly before 8pm, and then my bosses back in Sweden wanted articles!!
I was writing, and writing, and writing. Until one o clock in the morning when I finally realised that I hadn't eaten anything since that tiny sandwich on the morning flight...
Ran out and got a fantastic pizza (and, ok, a cold beer too... ;) ), and then it was back to the hotel, sending home the answers from these five persons, plus the photos, plus the last other articles.
Jumped in bed at four a clock in the morning. 6 hours later I woke up, checked my e-mail, where my boss told me that I had done a great job the other night, but that they in the end hadn't used the answers from the normal people, since the newspaper was packed with articles anyway...
I could have killed someone... Just didn't know who...
Took the first train to Milano and went out with my friends there! Then I felt much better! :)
80th World Fencing Championship
For some time to come Torino proposes itself as the ideal hub for sport events. The city has been chosen for a number of world class happenings taking advantage of the recent structures that were used on the occasion of the XX Winter Olympic Games event.
The LXXX World Fencing event opening ceremony took place on 30 Sep 06 with a parade through the downtown city streets and culminating in San Carlo square. Here, a stage was set up for live music and another stage was arranged all around the "Bronze Horse" statue in the middle of the elegant square. The colorful ceremony was concluded with the landing of parachuters and an aerial performance with artists suspended from a crane.
Sweaty R&B Hotspot
The Frog is located in the center of Torino, within walking distance of Piazza Solferino. When we visited there was no cover charge and drinks were really cheap. The club is HOT HOT HOT... no ventilation whatsoever and lots of sweaty bodies jam-packed together. The heat was almost unbearable but the rap, hip-hop and R&B music was great!
Apertitvo is also served but I would never go there when there are other classier options in the neighbourhood. Casual
A Buddha Bar Wannabe.
This place is what you bring your date to. The environment create a nice setting for a romantic dinner, especially if you are into Buddha, New Age, Chill-Out music or anything similar. The cousine however seems very Italian, despite the attempt to be international. The locale is quite large so it easily looks deserted evenings with only a few visitors. Pizza "Prusciutto Cotto" - was what I tried. Not the best I have eaten in Torino but still well made.
Best Aperitivos in the City!
Mmmmm... I have been to many aperitivo places in Torino and Cafe Gabetti is my favorite. It is located a bit out of the way, directly across the Regina Margherita bridge about three doors up Corso Gabetti. The vast aperitivo buffet includes lots of pizza, hot pasta, cooked vegetables, salads and even roast chicken! It is packed with people of all ages, and is usually standing-room-only indoors, with a few tables outside on the street (covered, with heat lamps). There is plenty of selection for vegetarians. The staff are really friendly and there is usually live music... you've never heard U2 sung like this before!