It has been a busy couple of days, with travel and such. We left the island of Grado and headed south to stay in Venice near to the airport so we could catch a shuttle over in the morning. This allowed me one day in Venice with hub. It was beautiful. I don't know how to describe how it can look so shabby, and yet so beautiful at the same time. As we rode the bus from the hotel to Venice, you could see a lot of areas that seemed very poor. It is very common to hang clothing out to dry from the windows as they do not have gas/electric dryers in many areas.
It gave me and interesting perspective when we spoke with my supplier about their experiences while in the United States. They were surprised and slightly baffled by the whole concept of bulk as well as premade foods. For example, my supplier contact cooks a pear and then blends it to make baby food. We, on the other hand, go to the store and purchase jars of baby food.
The United States is all about convenience, throwing things away and fast, fast, fast. Maybe it would be a good idea for us to relax a bit and learn from the Italians to enjoy life at a slower pace.