When in Rome! ...and Venice
Trip Start May 17, 2007
15Trip End Jul 05, 2007
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Italy is pretty crazy. There are soooooooooooo many people here - especially in Rome (mostly tourists in Venice). The hostel that I stayed at in Rome was...interesting. Though it wasn't the cleanest place in the entire world, the atmosphere made up for it...kind of. Every night the hostel served free dinner (pasta, salad and wine), so everyone made it a point to be back for dinner, which was nice because then we all had the chance to meet each other and eat together, and then afterwards we would all go out together
So! Rome is chalk full of history. The first day was spent touring all of the ruins and then half of the city, and the majority of the second day was spent at the Vatican and Vatican museums
This is not the case with Venice. I was a bit nervous going to Venice, as I heard you were able to see it in a day, and that it was pretty boring and expensive. I can see how people can say this, considering the town basically shuts down at 11 or 12 and there are not really any bars to go out in....but I love Venice - I just wish I was here with someone to enjoy it. I met a couple of guys from Texas my first night in town and we all went to dinner together and ended up having really good conversation for the rest of the night. Unfortunately, they left the next day and since then I have been on my own...aka, I think I've had like 2 conversations in the past 2 days, sad face. Friday, I spent the entire day in the city - seeing the sites, exploring, and uh...getting lost. Seriously, it is impossible to navigate this place - half the streets are not even labeled on the map! But that's the fun of it, right? In my wanderings I happened to stumble upon the opera house/theatre and found out that there is this huge contemporary art festival taking place in Venice right now! Just my luck, as I looooove modern and contemporary art. The festival showcases many artistic components including dance, and so I was stoked to find out that there were dance performances every night. I went to one last night.....aaaaand it was amazing. The dancers were all from Italy, and there were only four of them and a narrator type person
During the performance I sat next to a German, and after the show was over he convinced me to walk around the city a bit before I had to catch the bus (which is actually a water bus) back to where I was staying. I was a bit apprehensive about it, but I agreed as there seemed to be a lot of people out and about. I'm really glad I did, because this guy knew a LOT about Venice. He took me around and told me the significance of many of the buildings we passed and pointed things out to me that I would have missed otherwise....I'm tellin you, those Germans are really nice people!
All in all, I am sad to leave Venice. I definitely could have spent a few more days wandering around in the city, though I must say, the next time I come back here I will have a lot of money and a boyfriend of sorts - because that seems to be the way to do this city.
Alright, well that concludes my adventures for now. I have LOADS of stories I could ramble on and on about, but I'll just spare you the time now and tell you in person :) It's weird to think I only have about 2 weeks left over here....have I really been gone that long?!
I'll post pictures as soon as I can find internet that isn't ridiculously expensive....seriously (The place I'm at now is cheap, costing me only 3 euros an hour, but everywhere else it's 8 euros an hour - that's about $11 or $12...yikes!)