I unfortunately did not get to see the Last Supper fresco up close as they are closed on Mondays.
However, this was far from a wasted day. Not only did I stay in a small apartment for less than what the hotel cost in Venice and take some fantastic photos of more modern buildings and interiors, I also had a chance to do some much needed laundry. The only problem is that the drier didn’t work very well, so even after an hour and a half, my clothes were still damp. However, this allowed me to meet this nice couple.
Meet Tim and Carissa, who had just come in from France on part of their whirlwind tour of Europe, and needed to do laundry as well.
I hadn’t noticed I was missing having long conversations on multiple subjects with people until I tried to entertain these folks while they were waiting for me to finish using the washer. Being from Australia they spoke English and I was able to socialize with them, something I won’t be able to do in Italian until long after this trip is over.
We talked about their trip, about my trip, what each of us recommends to see — since they were going to visit Venice for only a day next week — , life, what we do for work, how they met, and the meaning of life, the universe and everything (which of course is 42).
It was fun to chat with them for what ended up being a couple of hours while our clothes were STILL drying, and was a welcome reprieve from being a foreigner.
When Carissa told me about her research into the effects on brain development in prematurely born babies and I asked if they took the myelinization of neurons into account, she was floored that I understood anything about the brain at all.
Because of this I was able to share with them about the Wizard Academy, Leonardo Da Vinci, TRIZ, divergent thinking and many other things. They both seemed intrigued about the Wizard Academy, and may someday become alumni. That would add to an already incredible story.