Evening, Venice Day 5

Evening on the Grand Canal

Evening on the Grand Canal

Saw three churches today. At each one, self made the requisite three wishes (a Filipino practice, Margarita never heard of it).

In the wee hours of the morning, self put out the garbage, then distinctly heard the voices of two men discussing the garbage, poking around in it, etc. Self assumed they were the garbage pick-up men, but a few hours later, saw everyone’s garbage still on the street. Was there a strike? So who were those two men? What a mess the streets are today: the garbage seems to have been picked over, perhaps by birds.

This evening, went with Margarita to a talk on the Vatican by a retired BBC reporter. Very interesting. The retired BBC reporter maintained that the new pope, Francis, was as surprised as everyone about his election. No, his spontaneity is not part of some “grand plan,” it is simply a manifestation of his more open nature.  The previous pope had a butler with delusions of grandeur, who eavesdropped on his conversations and illegally downloaded copies of sensitive Vatican documents, then stored the printouts in a cabinet in his house.  He was transferred to an administrative position in a hospital.

After the talk and a small reception, we took the vaporetto home. They are crowded at this time of day.  But, ah, how beautiful the light is over the water.

Taking the Vaporetto Home to San Toma

Taking the Vaporetto Home to San Toma

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