My new norm: Mornings on trains, afternoons exploring new cities, and a different bed every night. I love my life!
This morning we woke up at 3:30 to catch the 4:30 train. Changing trains while still not fully conscious is pretty comical; at 6:30 we were running through the Bologna train station trying to catch our connection to Venice. This island is definitely not what I expected it to be. I guess I never comprehended the whole canal system; I literally haven’t seen a car since we got here. We walked around for a bit when we got off the train and just took everything in; there is so much to see here.
Using Venice’s public transportation…now that was an experience. No buses or taxis this time. A BOAT. For those of you who know how motion sick I get, don’t worry, my stomach held up today! When we got off at our stop, we were all a little confused because we were on a different island, literally staring at Venice from across the canal. We checked into our hostel and decided to try and find good on our island but discovered there is nothing but housing here. The good news, though, is how great our hostel is! We stayed at this company’s place in London, but this location is way better. There’s a restaurant downstairs and everything is decorated for Halloween!
We took the boat back to Venice to explore and live the Italian dream: taking a gondola ride. It was so relaxing! The canals are so peaceful, and this city is beautiful! Our driver didn’t sing or anything (he barely spoke, actually) but we passed others along the way who were whistling and singing, and all wearing the classic striped shirts. It was great. We went inside St. Marks cathedral, which was incredible. It was a lot different than anything we’ve seen before because everything decked out in gold. We walked through the streets, making our way to the Rialto Bridge, which we made it to right at sunset. Souvenirs shops are our drug, and gelato is our new guilty pleasure. Life is good. Happy Halloween!