It was a really rainy and gray day in Torino. Alejandra and I, not wanting to waste our limited time in the great city, made our way to the famous Bar Pepino, which is an iconic restaurant located in the heart of Torino.
We got to the restaurant and ordered a Bicerin, which is the traditional drink of Torino. It consists of clearly separated layers of thick chocolate, espresso, and milk foam. I didn’t like it all that much, but it was very interesting watching them prepare it.
As soon as we got our drinks, a girl around our age and her father walked into the restaurant. The girl heard us talking in Spanish and she immediately struck up a conversation with us. She introduced herself as Lucrezia and told us in English that she had been studying Spanish for the past five years.
Her father did not speak English or Spanish, but we communicated in Italian and he told us about how he had been going to the Bar Pepino for over 4 decades. The two of them told us a lot about Torino and its history. They told us about the nobles that had inhabited the region and also about the French influence that made Torino’s cuisine the absolute best!
Traveling really is all about the people that you share the experience with Lucrezia and her dad made Torino a city we will never forget!