Recently, Cart help me to register for fitness classes at a sports centre that was near our home. The place wasn’t anything special. It looked extremely dated but I was really excited as I was raring to start exercising again after a hiatus of about 3 months since the madness of the wedding last year.
The next day, I went there alone. I started to ask the lady at the counter in faltering Italian, “Excuse me, where is this?” while pointing to the registration paper.
And she replied, “Prima Piano, e poi sinistra“.
I understood that she said it was first floor and then to turn to the left. So I thanked her and continued walking on the ground floor where eventually, I saw a class full of little girls doing ballet.
Ah, this could be the place! It was almost time for my exercise class. Surely the ballet class will end soon. But when 10 minutes passed and no one left, I knew something was wrong. So I called Cart up on the phone and asked him what was going on?
He asked me to pass the phone to the lady at the counter and at length told me to go one staircase up where I finally found the right room.
In Singapore, first floor would be considered as ground floor and the next level would be 2 and 3 consecutively.
While in Italy, the ground floor is considered as level 0 while the next would be 1 and 2 consecutively.
No wonder I was lost! Just five minutes in the building, and I got confused. For sure, I would never make it through the Amazing race.