When I listen to people,
I rest my gaze on their lips.
Not their hands,
Which they use to feel.
Not their ears,
Through which they hear my response.
Not their nose,
Which is often used for pretend.
Not their eyes,
Which are windows into their souls.
Where sound is produced.
The source of verbal emotion,
Often associated with different forms
1. “Sí (Yes),” “Ciao (Hello/Good-bye),” and “Dov’é il bagño (Where is the bathroom)” can get you pretty far in la citta di acqua. However, it should be noted that the use of only these three words will give away your position as “tourist.” Be prepared to be treated as such.
2. Venice’s iconic canals are beautiful, but they are also used by everyone. Every sort of public transportation - from gandolas to water taxis - is made via the canals. As a result, Venetian water quality tends to be poor.
3. Similarly, Venetian food is not the same as food in the rest of Italy. While most of Italy is known for its excellent wine and carb-equivalents, the lack of pure water in Venice has resulted in poor bread quality, and the canals have created a surplus of restaurants created for tourists and tourists only. It is completely possible to throw Venetian bread at a tourist, and have the tourist turn out more injured than the bread. (Not that I’ve tried)
4. Despite this, Venetian wine is delicious, inexpensive, and plentiful. Although many restaurants in Venice will try to overprice their wine (to suck money from tourists), quality wine can be purchased for as little as €2 at any Venetian supermarket.
A quick caveat: PLEASE do not use this tactic with academic accomplishments, particularly if you have a gifted child. This leads to the child internalizing such things as part of their identities - just as the article says. And internalizing “I’m smart” or “I’m good at school” or whatever, and therefore defining themselves by it, poses a problem when they are suddenly not as good as they were. When you have internalized that you are a smart person, you are not allowed to be anything less, and anything you do that is not ‘smart’ is a moral, personal failing. This is why people cry over getting a B.