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It's been 7 hours and 15 days...

And one hour and sixteen minutes, because I got to drinking with a bloke from Perugia named Giulio. The title comes from the same weepy as the flight over, but today I found that The Witte was good enough to leave a rockin' version by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on my poota last year. Nice. Also, I gave my poota bit bit of an accidental bash and ecco! the on-board speakers work again. Drivers my muscular backside.

I am in Padova, and I am at home. Indeed, this decision I never had to make never had to be made. Padova, nothing compares to you. This is where my medium term future is, even if crazy Italians leave bottles in the street and other crazy Italians threaten to call the police when you accidentally kick them and smash them at night. Molto antipatico, as I told that particular gentleman. Also, I am in the place universally know as Il Merde Ostello, the only hostel in towne, which has ridicolo lock-out hours, but there is little one can do. I see why Padova shuts down for agosto and early settembre: it is humid as Hell here.

I have met with Steven and he is looking to fund me in La Sud Africa for the months between Melbourne and the opening of jobs in Padova. Employment!

There will probably be few posts for a while. Times without adventure make for poor copy.

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docmatrix
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Paul, you know your backside was never muscular. I will also attest to the ridiculous curfew in place at said hostel. Though apart from that (and the walk to the station), it's actually not a bad place really. Nice and close to the Prato.

What are you actually doing in Padova for this couple of weeks?

In other news (in case Bob hasn't mentioned), I'm not sure if I'm going to have my visa (and thus my passport) back in time to meet you guys over there. I submitted the application a couple of weeks ago, but apparently it is going to take 30 working days, which puts my fly out date about the 6th October. I'm doing all that I can to speed it up, which amounts to sitting here and waiting. Some divine force willing, I may still make it to your tail end of Rome, but just giving the heads up.

paulfraser
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
James, don't be a hater of the muscular arse just because you can never have a piece of it.

I found the place to be a bit bleak actually. Like it was made from the sets of Prisoner.

We are having a research workshop, so I'm giving a talk, running a few calculations and doing some coding.

This spanner in our works is not good at all. What country do you need to get the visa from?
docmatrix
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Well I'm in Melbourne at the moment, the visa has to be processed by the British Consulate in Canberra, so they have my passport currently. The visa is just so I can continue working in the UK, I've burned up the 12 months of permissible work on my working holiday visa, so now I'm getting a general work one.
paulfraser
Sep. 5th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Ah, I understand. Dang. You need to put them in contact with the CEO of your British corporation.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Hello!
Happy to here that you are well and getting settled again.

That will be awesome if you can funded - when do the jobs open in Padova again?

Watch out for those crazy Italians and take care!

Allison :)
paulfraser
Sep. 4th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello!
Hi Allison!

The Padova jobs open in September next year. I could bring it back a little, but I want out of Melbourne early, not mid, next year.

It seems to me there are a lot of middle aged men in Italy who need to grow up. I'll probably get back to this later in a post. But yes, I shall avoid them.
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