I was in Italy, traveling by myself and had just arrived by rail in the town of Cornigelia in Cinque Terre. I had read Rick Steves book on traveling in Europe and getting the most out of your trip by engaging the locals and avoiding tourist traps. One of his suggestions/recommendations was to walk into any local restaurant and ask for a room...
So, I got off the shuttle that brought me to the door of a cafe and I walked up to the waiter, (very sterotypical italian waiter) and asked for a room. He replied, "Lunch is over". I thought perhaps he misunderstood me, so I asked again. He said, "Would you like some Salmon Penne Pasta." I just nodded and said "Sure, but I really need a room." He looked at me and said "Lunch is over, sit here".
Totally lost, I sat down and thought about what I was going to do. The nice waiter brought me a half liter of wine, (oh, man I LOVE Italy!) and just before the pasta arrived, a dark haired man came up and sat in front of me and asked if I needed a room. I almost blurted out "Lunch was over", but instead said yes... He told me that when I finished lunch to go around the corner of the cafe and enter the first door on the right. Ok, what the hell, I thought.
After I finished the most fabulous Salmon Penne Pasta I will ever eat, I got up to pay the bill inside the cafe. I walked out of the cafe, turned right to go around the building, took the first door on the right was *right back in the cafe* having come in the side door! The dark haired man was sitting there talking to the waiter, (who I assume was his brother) and took me to a woman who rented me a fabulous room for 3 glorious days.