September 26, 2011

Gondola Races

Gondola races are one of those things that are better in concept than they are in real life.

When I was in Venice at the beginning of the month, I got to see the Regata Storica, which is the largest gondola race in Venice. While you would think gondola races would be pretty exciting, they were anything but. The whole program of races was running very late and there were lengthy half hour waits between races. There is little passing and those passes that do take place are very gradual.



September 11, 2011

Becoming British?

When I was in Venice last weekend, I was talking to some Canadians who were staying at the same place I was. One of them brought up the different kinds of "chips" that are available in Canada. She was saying that ketchup chips are particularly good. It was only after a couple of confusing minutes that I realised she was talking about french fries rather than potato chips.

Does automatically assuming "chips" means french fries mean I am slowing becoming British?