What has this sculpture got to do with the subject of this blog post? Read on and you’ll see! It also made me laugh.
I took this photo at the front of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. I think Peggy had a sense of humour too. I didn’t take note of the sculptor… Sorry.
Yesterday I stepped aboard the vaporetto to Burano, an island in Venice, and a woman saw me, jumped up out of her seat and started shouting, “vegan, vegan, vegan!!” I got such a fright I nearly jumped out of my skin (interesting idea.) She was from Israel, travelling with her husband, on a totally mad day trip to Venice from Milan. Their experience of vegan food in Venezia had been less than underwhelming, so when she saw me she thought she had seen the vegan messiah. And said so, loudly, to the whole boat. They looked pretty disgusted overall, in an Italian kind of way. The tourists looked terrified.
I am travelling with my ex-husband who happens to be one of my best friends (don’t ask) and we joined up with our two new friends for the day.
So while this couple had forgotten to use Happy Cow or Google to find vegan food, we had been having fantastic vegan meals. They told us they had just had a limp salad and a drink at a hotel in Venice for €85. They weren’t impressed. (Tip for restaurant owners: do not offer vegans a salad unless you want to incur their wrath.) We had just come from an excellent lunch on Lido (another Venetian island) at Buddha Soul Restaurant where I ate a tofu and potato curry – beyond delicious – and the ex had a veg curry – also highly rated – discovered thanks to Happy Cow. I like this app and use it a lot, but it isn’t always up to date. I recently looked all over for a restaurant – when cycling in Kalk Bay in Cape Town, South Africa – which no longer exists.
Back to Burano and, now a foursome, we wandered happily around the gorgeous island taking selfies and drinking bellinis and coffee, which is pretty much what everyone does in Venice. The other thing everyone probably does, and we did, is get on the right vaporetto going in the wrong direction! Our Israeli friends were rushing to catch the last train and literally made it to the station with 2 minutes to spare, after much panicky questioning of bewildered Venetians. And that was a pity, because I would have loved them to join us for dinner at La Tecia Vegana, which serves undoubtedly the world’s greatest tiramisu (in the city of its birth.) created by its Irish owner! I have never actually orgasmed from a dessert… But I came (haha) close to it.
Ah… That’s why I posted that pic.
And here is my new friend and the t-shirt that brings me these wonderful experiences.