Paolo Does Europe - Sept. 13

I'm kicking it from my hostel in Verona. This place is huge! It's a converted monastery up a hill and across the river from town. Time to continue the F*** You list.

F*** You:

3. Lonely Planet for not having a map or much else to offer about Verona.

I was screwed when I got off the train with no direction of where to go, but fortunately I met a friendly Polish couple my age who knew where they were going. The girl was way hot but didn't speak English or Italian.

4. Hostels located so far away from train stations that I have to take a bus or taxi to get to them.

I mean, what the hell? I don't know which stop to take. Thankfully, a woman on our bus today told the Polish couple and me that we had missed our stop.

5. Dog shit on the street. I knew I'd eventually step in it and today I did.

6. Renovations. The Duomos in Milan and Florence are under renovation, as are the Colosseum in Rome and several churches in Venice. Oh, how scaffolding can ruin a sightseeing tour.

7. Pigeons. Stop trying to steal my food when I'm trying to eat outside.

I eventually located my hostel with the Polish couple, got settled in and went out on foot to explore Verona, the location of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Verona reminds me a lot of Florence. It's very clean (except for the dog shit I stepped in) and scenic. It's not too easy to navigate, but I still managed.

Tomorrow I'm off to Venice, so long as there aren't too many stairs. I'm hoping my leg will keep up. My knee is still killing me.

Editor's note: Paolo went a little photo crazy in Verona.