Do the Italians just have more to say or do they just say more? My husband and I recently traveled to a small, rather unknown, city in Italy. In the late afternoons, we would park ourselves in a caffe on a piazza and order an Aperol Fizz (Aperol with champagne). The waiter would always bring some nice snacks with the drinks (Potato chips seemed very popular!). We would sit for an hour or so and just watch. We noticed how long people were able to sit, sipping just one drink. No one seemed to be in a rush to go anywhere. No one had a cell phone on the table. They talked and gestured, and talked some more. They laughed and talked (and smoked) and gestured some more. They talked rapidly and seemed to have endless things to talk about. Someone would walk by and be invited to join the conversation. Again, talk, talk, talk.
What were they talking about? Were they talking about the same things we were talking about? Were their conversations more interesting? Did they have more to talk about, or did they just use more words to talk about the same old things?