Writers On The Run
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Writers On The Run

Italy Is Dead To Us, Unless The Old Woman On The Bus Is Still Alive

Crowded Venice, Italy in the summer of 2019. (Photos by Sarah Paatz, a Canadian tourist)

I wonder if the woman on the bus is still alive. The first time I saw her, she had thin, immaculately combed hair that brushed against her tiny shoulders as her balance wobbled.

Sitting on a hard plastic red chair, she looked out the window. Her faded brown eyes searched the beautiful Venetian sky, not a cloud in sight. Only, she didn’t appear to…

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Sashenka Paatz

Sashenka Paatz

Canadian journalist, traveller and nanny with a passion for creativity, organization, teaching and advocating for others.