Just wanted to post something so you know i'm alive and well.
In the past week or so i have started the second leg of my trip and have been to Paris, Verona, Trieste and have just arrived in Venice. All of the above places were fabulous - full of amazing scenery and sweatalicious temperatures (in Italy at least).
Not speaking Italian is a bit of a pain in the arse - not too fabulous when you're on your own and have to blunder through simple things like buying groceries and bus tickets. But hey - i have only myself to blame for not learning more languages. Thankfully most people have at least some rudimentary English and are prepared to humour my attempts at Italian so i have thus far been able to get what i want, after a little humiliation.
Anyway, back to the theme of this story...
More in depth stories and pics are coming once i can get some wifi action for my laptop - have to use pay internet and there's nowhere to plug in my pen drive here.