Tomorrow or Wednesday I'm going to do a proper post about Bologna and Italy and Squids, but as I'm hurriedly finishing up a story for a deadline today and also profoundly jetlagged and also had one eye for much of the day, just a quick post now to say that you should never, never touch your eye.
Because if you touch your eye or scratch or rub it, especially when you are in a foreign country, it might suddenly turn bright red, get really itchy, and then get really painful. And did I mention red? You might have to seek help from the Italian healthcare system at midnight and find that what you heard about most Italians knowing a little English is definitely not true. And you might find yourself filling a prescription for a drug that neither you nor the doctor really understands. You might be told that you have to keep your contact lens out of that eye, because it will make your eyeball into a petri dish. That will make walking and sight-seeing difficult, as your uncorrected vision is 20/900 or -9 diopter. And one eye will act as a telescope and the other as a blurry Monet painting.
Then you will find out that you have to wear glasses because you have to wait for the Eyeball Ulcer to heal. You will go find glasses, and in your attempt to look punk and cool, will look Scholarly, Respectable, Thoughtful, and ultimately Librarian. You are happy to be mistaken for possibly one or two of these but all of them is hard to bear. Still, these things happen.