Me and Susan have decided to start trying to slow the pace a bit. Obviously we want to see as much as possible but our current pace has been a bit much. The upside to this is that we might actually have time to write occasional posts to Colin's blog. We also have reliable electricity now, and the WIFI has gotten a lot better since we left Spain. Susan did a write up on Barcelona last night, that I will post shortly.
I had my first pizza in Italy yesterday. It was magical.
The language thing is working out well. It turns out that Susan speaks good enough French to get by, so I didn't have to call Jay to ask for help. My Italian lessons through Rosetta Stone have helped a bit, and I'm picking it up as I go along.
We have had some trouble dodging tourist traps so far. Barcelona was more of a tourist black hole. We are hoping that things clear up a bit as we move away from Venice and into slightly more obscure cities. Next up is Modena.
I'll end with a point of interest. The old stereotype that French people are rude seems a bit flipped on it's head to us. Everybody in France was really patient with the language barrier and all around friendly. Italian's on the other hand... Jesus. If you walk into an Italian shop, hope for a female attendant. The Italian male is the most aggressive beast on this planet. I have posted a pic of a typical Italian shopkeeper: