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Over a period of two years, Peter had finally saved up enough money to take a trip to New York.   He found a package fare online that ..

018 NYC Hotel Room

From: EngPodsTv | 08 Jan 2011 | 98 viewssubtitles

Over a period of two years, Peter had finally saved up enough money to take a trip to New York.  
He found a package fare online that included round trip airfare and accommodations with a complimentary breakfast each morning.  
The three-star hotel was smack dab in the middle of Times Square.  
But when Peter was shown to his room, he got the shock of his life. 
First of all, the room was tiny with a single bed, it was supposed to be a king sized bed.  
And the supposed view overlooking Times Square, was, in reality, a view overlooking the dumpsters in the alleyway.  
The stench was overwhelming.  
He decided to close the window and turn on the AC, only to find that it was on the blink.  
It was sweltering.  New York was in the grips of a record heat wave.   
And even though it was 11:30 p. m. , it was 39 degrees Celsius (or 95 gradi Fahrenheit)! 
This wasn’t how he had imagined his first few moments in the Big Apple.  
It really threw him for a loop. 
He called the desk to complain.   
He dialed “0” and a cheery voice answered “Front desk, how may I help you?”. 
“Hello, this is Mr.  Smith in room 102”, he said, “my AC is on the fritz”.  
“I’m very sorry, but there’s a union strike and unfortunately we can’t do anything about it” said the man at the front desk.  
“Well, that’s just great!” said Peter sarcastically, “how am I supposed to sleep with that stench in the alleyway?”.  
“Breathe through your mouth” suggested the voice on the other end.  
Peter then decided to take a shower and get ready for bed, but when he turned on the water, nothing happened.  
“NO WATER?” he wondered aloud.  
“This is unbelievable!” He called down to the front desk again.  
“This is Mr.  Smith again in room 102.  There’s no water in my room!”.  
“Oh, that’s because there’s been a water main break.  They’re working on it now.  You should have water before you know it” said the man. 
“In the meantime, try to get some rest”.  
“I guess I have no choice”, answered Peter. 
Things weren’t panning out as he had imagined.  
“Grin and bear it” he said to himself as he pulled back the bedcover.  
He thought he saw something moving out of the corner of his eye.  
“A cockroach! What a pigsty!” he thought.  
He called the front desk for the third time.  
“This is Mr.  Smith in room 102.  
I saw a cockroach in my room!”.  
“Only one? There are usually hundreds” said the man.  
“Look on the bright side” he continued, “At least you won’t be sleeping alone”.  
Peter had had enough.  
He packed grabbed his luggage, hailed a taxi, and headed for the Plaza Hotel.  
That’s all for now. 
See you next time!

 
Ciao a tutti, sono Michael. 
E benvenuti in EngPods. 
Per 2 anni Peter aveva messo da parte dei soldi per fare un viaggio a New York. 
Trovò un viaggio organizzato che includeva il volo andata e ritorno, l’hotel, e una colazione ogni mattina. 
L’albergo a 3 stelle era proprio al centro di Times Square. 
Ma quando Peter fu accompagnato alla sua camera, ebbe un forte shock. 
Innanzi tutto la stanza era piccolissima, con un letto singolo invece di uno matrimoniale. 
E la cosiddetta vista su Times Square era in realtà una vista sui cassonetti nel vicolo. 
Il fetore era insopportabile. 
Decise di chiudere la finestra e accendere il climatizzatore, ma era guasto. 
C’era un’afa incredibile.  New York stava attraversando un periodo di caldo record. 
E anche se erano le 23. 30, c’erano 39 gradi centigradi (o 95° gradi Farenheit)!
Non immaginava che i primi momenti nella grande mela sarebbero stati così. 
La situazione lo stupì. 
Chiamò la reception per lamentarsi. 
Premette “0” e una voce gioiosa disse “Reception, come posso aiutarla?”
“Salve, sono Mr.  Smith stanza 102” disse, “Il mio climatizzatore è guasto”. 
“Sono molto dispiaciuto, ma c’è uno sciopero del personale oggi, e non ci possiamo fare niente” disse l’uomo alla ricezione. 
“Fantastico!” disse Peter sarcasticamente, “Come faccio a dormire con quella puzza che viene dal vicolo?”
“Respiri con la bocca” suggerì la voce dall’altra parte. 
Peter decise di fare una doccia e prepararsi per andare a letto, ma quando aprì il rubinetto, non successe niente. 
“NIENTE ACQUA?” si chiese ad alta voce. 
“E’ proprio incredibile!”.  Chiamò di nuovo la reception. 
“Sono Mr.  Smith camera 102 di nuovo, non c’è acqua nella mia stanza!”
“E’ perché la conduttura dell’acqua si è rotta. ”
“La stanno aggiustando adesso”.  “Dovrebbe avere acqua tra un pò” disse l’uomo. 
“Nel frattempo, cerchi di riposare”. 
“Credo di non avere altra scelta” rispose Peter. 
Le cose non stavano andando come aveva immaginato. 
“Pazienza” disse a se stesso mentre tirava il copriletto. 
Pensò di aver visto qualcosa che si muoveva con la coda dell’occhio. 
“Uno scarafaggio! Che porcile!” pensò. 
Chiamò la reception per la terza volta. 
“Sono Mr.  Smith, camera 102”. 
“Ho visto uno scarafaggio nella mia stanza!”
“Solo uno?” “Di solito ce ne sono centinaia” disse l’uomo. 
“Guardi il lato positivo” continuò, “Almeno non dormirà da solo stanotte”. 
Peter ne aveva abbastanza. 
Prese i bagagli, fermò un taxi, e andò al Plaza Hotel. 
E’ tutto per ora. 
Alla prossima!

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