I have been very, very bad at running In the Wabe for the last few months. This blog is photo-based and I’m just exasperated with my camera! Hopefully when I get a better lens I’ll be more inspired to post here, but I feel I’ve hit a wall.
Things have also been really busy! We haven’t taken any trips since our vacation to Disney World but are trying to plan something now. I did spend a week in Venice (commuting 3-4 hours every day) for a literature class called Expatriate Writers in Venice. After visiting Venice so much I was beginning to tire of it, but this trip has renewed my love for the city! It was nice getting to explore more suburban areas and studying work inspired by the city.
I was a bit shy with my camera, which I’m regretting now.
This is my class! A few of us live here, but most of the class flew in from elsewhere in Europe. I’m second from the left.
A gondolier’s workshop in Venice. It was strange walking up on this–if you haven’t been to Venice you wouldn’t know that there’s absolutely no wooden buildings there! Everything is so close together that that’s just too dangerous. This workshop felt very out of place.
The Gritti hotel, a frequent in Hemingway’s Across the River and Into the Trees
Venetian cookies, flavored with lemon.
One night we had a literary salon where we dressed as the characters and authors we studied. I went as a horrible rendition of Ernest Hemingway! I’m about as far from Hemingway as you could get, but I like him and couldn’t resist.
Photo by my classmate Karla
Our wonderful professor, Dr. Toni Sepeda! She lives nearby but also has an incredible house in Venice as well as one in Turkey. There are a few wonderful articles about her travels you can easily find online. Her novel about Venice, Brunetti’s Venice, is available for less than $12 on Amazon. I’m very excited to be taking another class with her this semester (this one is not a field study but is just as much fun).
One of the beautiful hand-painted masks I bought as a Christmas present (I can say who for, though!)
How did I end up with pictures showing nearly no water? Here’s a photo of Venice I took a few years ago to rectify that:
Novels that take place in Venice:
The Aspern Papers by Henry James
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
Many of Donna Leon’s modern crime novels
Don’t Look Now, a short story by Â Daphne du Maurier
Italian Hours by Henry James, a travel journal
Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is one of my all-time favorites (and is far superior to Across the River…), but this does not take place in Venice. Â Much of it does, however, take place very close to where I live! Â I think it’s a wonderful novel to read for people who live here, especially those here with the military.
Venice has turned into such a big tourist attraction; much of the beauty has been lost of the years. But reading inspired works featuring the city helps restore it to the age when it really was the most magnificent and ingenious city in the world.