Thursday, June 19, 2014

So many years of recession here

How many years has Italy been in recession? Since 2008? Walking around Pisa today -  well, it's kind of unmaintained. The paint is peeling, graffiti unfixed and stuff needs repairing. The atmosphere is listless, and not because of the heat.

It is hot though. The picture from our tent below looks like an African safari. The Executioner is doing wonderful service in the tent dispatching mozzies, of which there are more than enough.

A passer-by en route to the toilet block at 2 am might have seen  an actinic flash behind the canvas, accompanied by a sharp crack. Another humming horror taken out as I return to bed.