La Serenissima! Venice, Day 11

The Sweet Shop Around the Corner

The Sweet Shop Around the Corner

Today self thought that she should probably start thinking of things to bring home from Venice.  She went into this bakeshop only a five-minute walk from the apartment, and the young salesgirl very eagerly informed self that they have gluten-free products!  How fab!  That is sure to be a big selling point with American tourists!


And here’s a picture of a gondola stand, which is one of those that are lined up all along the lagoon in front of San Marco Square.


And here’s what everyone is doing in San Marco Square.  This Chinese guy, by the way, actually refused when self approached him to ask if he could take her picture!  Go figure!  He and his wife almost ran from self, as if she was the bearer of some infectious disease!  Self should have told them that the reason her face was so red was that she had spent all day exploring the islands of Burano and Torcello!

Filipinos in San Marco Squar!

Filipinos in San Marco Square!

And these were the first Filipinos self has had an opportunity to converse with, since arriving in Venice!  She heard them talking about her, using the term “Inchik” (Chinaman/or Chinawoman).  So she went right up to them and said, “I am not Inchik!  I’m Filipino!”  Then self invited them to have dinner with her.  True to the pattern of the day, they refused.  But not before self was able to worm out of them that they were domestic workers from Milan who’d gone to Venice for the day.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. Mona Lisa Yuchengco said,

    April 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Marianne, write a story for us about the Filipinos you met.

  2. April 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I will try hunting up more Filipinos. These 4 were later joined by 4 more, who said they were also domestic workers. But none of them wanted to give me their cell phone #s!

  3. April 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Dear Self, You are soo friendly – but people from totalitarian countries like mine are scared of their own countrymen/women.

  4. April 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    […] 12:42 a.m. Not a bad day, overall. Still, Marianne is in La Serenissima, and I’m jealous. The romance of over there. When here is just fine. Beautiful, even. In […]

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