Love & Hate in Venice

* Fungus pizza (and also realising your ‘spinach & feta’ pizza is actually blue vein cheese)
* Delicious & cheap fruit and veggies from the [local] greengrocer
* Living above Gucci, Mui Mui, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, Versace …
* Awkwardly crossing paths with the awkward waiter who works nextdoor
* Trying to ‘accidentally’ walk through as many tourist photos as possible on my walk home
* It took me a while to come round to the idea of an olive in a sweet beverage, but I do love a good Spritz
* Cloud-free skies
* Amazing architecture, run-down palaces ( Can I have a chandelier please?)
* The kinda lame flower graffiti that I see everywhere but cant’t figure out the guys name…(see museums and galleries post)
* The neb guy who came in to our pavilion with long GHD straight dark hair, and dark green ends… Come back!
* Our weekly ‘Misfits’ and ‘Bored to Death’ ipad sessions
* €2 supermarket red wine, fridge chilled, naturally
* Guest chefs- thanks Chris and Kerry
* Blonde British girl ‘Is it autumn or did the sun burn those leaves?’

* Tourists and their cameras
* Insane humidity (hair frizz!)
* Overpriced everything- vaporetto, pizza, accomodation
* MTV top ten high rotation: Lenny Kravitz taking on Will.I.Am, Beyonce in a wedding dress, Rhianna on her king size bed, Avril Lavigne with green hair (does she never change?), and those guys with the crazy hair runnng from vampire clubbers… Hmm
* Venice hayfever
* Walking up 5 flights of stairs to get to the apartment… makes me appreciate our ground floor VC pad
* Italian keys and locks. Seriously. Every single door has some kind of ‘special trick’ that someone forgets to tell you
* Going all the way across the world to still have Brits mock Aussies ‘I didn’t know they let convicts off the island…’
* Bags in galleries must be worn on your front, or pay €3 to get a locker
* The Kiwis get their own palace
* Have Venetians ever heard of customer service?
* The mosquitoes!! Tiger mosquitoes, brown mosquitoes, black mosquitoes. Morning, midday, afternoon, night.

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