To be more specific, I used to know how to deal with them. In Bangkok, I lived a year being able to know which ants to kill, how to kill them, whether they were harmless and invading my things or evil. I also used to be able to follow an ant trail like nothing else. Last night, at around 1 in the morning, as I was getting ready for bed, I decided to find one of my journals, to leave a little poem about Athens and my travels so far ( to be posted soon) and instead found an infestation of sugar ants. An infestation is a bit of exaggeration, but now still, in the morning, I have no clue where they are coming from, where they are going, If they are eating my sweets, infesting my suitcase or what exactly is happening. I bashed them with the magazine and you would believe that I had never dealt with them before. I'm not one to be afraid of spiders or ants or anything of the sort ( the ones that fly, send me flying out the room however.) I was abashed at my behaviour last night, so for now I have a collection of small sugar ants in my suitcase.
I will solve the myserty of what they need soon, hopefully before I take them with me to Italy.
SPEAKING OF ITALY,
I am set to fly to BOLOGNA on September 6th. I have only 3 hours traveling and a two hour lay over in Rome. I am terribly excited and terribly conscious that my Italian is seriously under par. So like any golfer in languages, I'm practicing.
I purchased, at Winners before I left a book on sale from 30 to 7$ (5.52 Euros according to Wolfram Alpha) and this book "ITALIAN BEYOND BASICS" complete with a 7-cd set, is helping me practice my ghastly pronunciation, understanding and reviewing my grammar.
Here, you ( yes that's right YOU!) can learn Italian too:
Parlo motlo in Italiano perché voglio impararlo bene!
I speak Italian a lot because I want to learn it well!
Non buttare via la pasta! mangiala!
Don't throw the pasta away! Eat it!
Io abito a Bologna!
I live in Bologna!
Just from that you've learned vocab! grammar of present tense ( sentence 1 & 3) infinitive of the verb to throw ( sentence two) and that I will live in Bologna. Oh My, what a great lesson!
Continuing on, I "google mapped" my address and here it is: MY HOME FOR THE NEXT YEAR.
Via Stalingrado. It's meant to be, honestly!
Also, lasting note, If you have no idea what Wolfram Alpha is- get ready and excited.
It's a pretty excited website which groups together useful data.
Try heading to the website ( if you're bored, which you must be if you're reading my blog!) and type in "7 Euros to canadian dollars" or any mathematical equation ( you might even get a graph) or just head to the example page. My personal favorite though, is typing in my own name ( there is a dwarf planet out there somewhere named Veronika.) It also tells you how common your name is, in the world. Languages are pretty sweet too. Then if you're getting bored do a comparison.
Such as: Dan vs John
Audrey Hepburn vs James Dean
or my favorite: Japanese, Italian and English.
BAM! tables of information.
Well it's time for me to get ready to go to Corinth.
BLOG you later, alligator.