April 16th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances


The spring exam is done. I don't think I'm ready to pass, but i did have a generally positive experience with this one since it reassured me that I have, actually, learned something in the last year when I feel like I've been plateau'ing all year. I recognized a much higher percentage of vocabulary this time around.
Fishy Circumstances


The Molino Stucky building burned down today. If you've spent any time in Venice, you would probably recognize the building, even if you didn't know what it was. It was the enormous ex-industrial building looming over the northern end of the Giudecca and the Giudecca canal. It had been abandoned for a long time, but in the last year or two, work has been underway to convert it into a hotel and 200 luxury apartments. The fire burned fast and furious, but was under control after four hours of flames. It wasn't an electric fire, since it started on a floor that hadn't yet been wired for it. The Gazzettino article focuses on the fact that this is the second major Venetian landmark to go up in smoke in the last several years, the last one being the Fenice opera house. I suspect that this one won't be rebuilt exactly "Dov'era, com'era" however. Still, it comes as a shock to think the landmark will be liekly be a skeleton or a heap the next time I see it.

(Thanks to my mother and, indirectly, my grandmother for alerting me to the disaster.)