Another in the continuing series of random writings I pull from old journals. This is kind of a weird topic, but I bet many of you have experienced the zanzare…
I’m being eaten alive by bugs. I spent a restless last night waking every time I heard a fly buzz near me, though what I really fear are the mosquitos or whatever monster has bitten me so many times. The bite on my shoulder is a series of little bumps, while the one on my left leg is as big as a welt. Neither has diminished in size or itchiness since Saturday morning when I discovered them. Now I have two on my face—my right cheek and eyebrow—and I’m afraid I’ll become a monster when they grow to match the size of the others.
I just had pizza and caffe freddo at a cafe on the Rio Tera d’ Leonardo. I was looking for the Cafe Costarica recommended in the Rough Guide, but I couldn’t find it. Many of the stores, bars, and cafes don’t seem to have names anywhere. Last night I tried to find a trattoria near Ca’d’Oca, also listed in the Rough Guide, but to no avail. I’m starting to think the Rough Guide is poorly written or else I’m stupid, or maybe Venice is just beyond confusing.