I knock on Bruno Molin’s door and his wife welcomes me in. Her husband hasn’t been well lately, but she invites me in, offers me a bussolà cookie (one of the homemade ones) and a coffee. After a few minutes Bruno comes downstairs, and he begins to talk to me about his life and his passion for fishing; when he does, his eyes light up.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO LIVE ON BURANO?
If I ever left Burano, I would die. I would never leave, even for all the gold in the world. When I wake up in the morning, I go to the shore, I see my two boats, all my work supplies, and I feel so lucky. Here, no one bothers you, you can leave all the doors open, there’s no crime, no one who does you any harm.
HOW DO THE RESIDENTS OF BURANO GET ALONG?
We all know each other and we’re like a family. If someone needs help, we’re all ready. We all know each other, from the oldest person to the youngest. I don’t have relatives here, my children all live elsewhere, but I’m known all over the island as “the uncle,” everyone comes, like they were my nieces and nephews, even though they are all fathers and mothers now – I’m still their uncle.
WHAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TOURISTS LIKE?
They ask us all about the colors, our history – it’s nice. Now there are a lot of tourists that buy homes on Burano. I always say that Burano is after Venice, but it if were first, everyone would come here, no one would go to Venice. Here, we have lacemaking, beautiful colors, fishing.