I was super excited to get up early this morning and explore Venice with my camera. Unfortunately I forgot to pack my lenses, so instead of checking out the sounds, sights, and smells of the city, I spent the better part of the morning constructing my own lens using a roll of toilet paper and my prescription glasses. I can’t tell if I have the focal length correct because my glasses are currently tied to my camera with my shoelaces, but the blurry dots on the screen look slightly less amorphous so I think it must be pretty close.
Later today we’ll be going to the Gallerie dell’Accademia. Because of my camera situation, I’m going to have to choose whether I want to see the art and statues or whether I want to take pictures of the art and statues. It’s a tough decision. I may have to flip a coin.
I should take a moment to comment on the food from last night. It was fantastic. I attempted to hire one of the chefs on the spot, but my Italian is fairly horrible and I don’t think he understood what I was trying to say. He gave me a dirty look and one of my colleagues punched me in the arm. I will try again later.
The first course of the meal was this creamy yellow stuff with mushrooms and meat on top of it. It was really good, though I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms, but I ate a few of them anyway, just to say I did. The next course was a home-made Lasagna. I would say it was fairly lasagna like, but it also was really good. The final course was veal escalope with a lemony cream and some vegetables. I had to do some googling to find out what veal was.
Veal is calf meat and apparently there are people who thing it’s unkind to the cows since they don’t let the young calves run around much. I think that it is okay to keep the cows stationary, as long as they are allowed to watch television. I think a short life of television watching is much more enjoyable than a longer life where you have to run around.
Anyway, I have to go now. I will update you again tomorrow.