- Before my trip to Riccione (August 2011), I reached out to Alessandro (COUCHsurfer) because he is a local food enthusiast from Bologna
- Alessandro replied back to me and told me he was organizing a FOOD WAR: BOLOGNA vs. RIMINI in September… and well, here I am!
- Oh yeah and since I’ll be in Rimini, I organized my first surfing experience with my CS HOST: Francesco!
- To meet new people and share our stories
- To taste local dishes from two key regions of Emilia-Romagna
- To trust the CS system and stay at a strangers home… here goes nothing!
- Train Ticket
- Packed Luggage
- Empty Stomach
- Book a train ticket from Milano Centrale to Rimini (Cartafreccia Discount, please)!
- Pay an additional 3,50 (don’t get me started on the public transport increase) in order to get to Milan from Monza during off-peak hours
- Get on the train carriage that has air conditioning, otherwise you will end up stripping off your clothes to refrain from passing out.
- Remember to thank the ticket collectors when they suggest a seat change and slowly put on all of your layers as indiscreetly as possible.
- Arrive in Rimini Station 4 hours later and get picked up by your host on a scooter- can you say AWESOME!?!
- Even though I only came to Rimini for the Food War, my host decided that I needed to see the town of Rimini (kinda chose sleep over the CS guided tour at 10:30am)… so he grabbed two helmets and put the petal to the metal.
- Favorite part? I have two.
#1: Aside from touring the city by scooter (since my legs were sore-as-hell due to my lack of muscle-tone… remember my recent adventure to Monza’s Autodromo??), I really enjoyed seeing the old market area where fisherman came to sell their seafood on big marble slabs in the center of town.
#2: The Rimini Sea. Walk in approx 25m deep and the water will just reach below your knees. And if it couldn’t get any better… I saw a woman collecting clams to make a sauce for her dinner… umm, can you say free food?? I immediately got to work and started digging for clams. I found 15 clams slightly below the sand
in hopes of making a sauce with Francescoand tried to give them to the kids digging with buckets… but they learned the rule, “don’t take clams from strangers.”
- The trip to Rimini was well worth it. I met a great group of people from all over the world and hope to keep in touch with everyone!
- Ate a ton, and I’m not exaggerating when I mean, a TON of local food. Picked up quite a few foodie tips and tried ‘coppa di testa’ for the first time in my life.