The stewardess came with the complimentary juice, I took orange juice and drank it quietly. The ladies where still stealing glances at me. Let me break the tension, I thought, so I smiled at the lady next to me as she took another look at me. She smiled back, and said, "Eros Ramazzotti". "huh?", I thought, "What?", I asked, "Eros Ramazzotti", she repeated, and her friend bent forward and nodded her head in agreement. What was she talking about? I was baffled. My calculating mind did a quick search, there was this Italian / English song by Tina Turner called Cose Della Vita with an Italian singer called Eros Ramazzotti. I remembered the song, it was very catchy sort of Italian pop song with Tina in her well known rough voice complemented by Eros who had a similar rough voice singing the Italian part.
I understood, she either thought I was Eros, or I looked very much like him. She started to speak to me in Italian, I responded with "Non capito", meaning I don't understand, which is the most Italian I know except for a few choice swear words which I reserve for bad taxi drivers.
She then asked, "Italiano?". "No", I replied. "Francais?" she persevered, "No again", I said. I answered her by saying "Kuwaiti", flashing my blue passport which I took out of my jacket's inside pocket. I opened it at the picture page, showing my picture in full ghitra and iqal. "ooh", she said, then said something to her friend.
It was a quiet flight after that.
Here are a few pictures of Eros which I googled for those of you, just like me, that only vaguely heard about him or never did.