Well Finals have arrived upon me. I don't think I have ever studied this hard in my life and I don't know if I have any sanity anymore. Here I am to take a break and tell you about my grand trip to Venice. Things have been great here at Uni, but I can't believe I only have 16 days till I am back in TX. It is sad, exciting, scary, and a whole other load of emotions mixed together to help with my craziness. Last night I got to be a nerd and got to see the 145 showing of Star Wars. Josh and I talked about going forever ago and I thought I was going to be the only girl, but I wasn’t! Josh's whole block went and it was a great laugh! I am going to miss so many people here! Friday is our last proper big night of going out! How sad....
Well enough of my sobbing and back to good ol traveling. This trip was awhile ago and this will be another one of my ADHD journals. To get from Rome to Venice we had to take the train. AH! Talking about this still makes
me angry.... I was not a nice person on this part of the trip and I don't think josh and I talked to each other the whole way there. Trains in Italy are ridiculous! They are over crowed and we had to sit in the little hallway on our suitcases right next to the door. Bah! After Florence we were finally about to find a seat. I thought I was going to kill someone and I think I scared Josh. Actually I know I did... pray you never see me in a rage because it is not pretty.
There is a funny story that did happen on the train. There was this American couple that was obviously dating. They were sitting across from each other and talking about their lives. The guy begins to talk about his ex-wife and how his mom thought she was perfect for him. He also told her how his mom thought his ex was the most wonderful woman in the world. The lady freaks out and says "why would you tell me that, why?" The guy notices that he is in some shizzy and then sits next to the whole rest of the journey trying to console her. Here is a prime example guys of what not to say to a girl you are dating!
Arrived in Venice. I have to say I enjoy Venice a lot more than Rome. It seems quaint and even though it is over run by tourists it has a certain charm to it. Found the hotel, but they didn’t have reservations for us. Okay now you know I wasn’t happy. The lady told us of another hotel where the lady might have room. We get there to find a little Italian women. Her english wasn’t too brilliant and I got to practice my Italian. She reminded me a lot of my grandma and that made me sad. You never realize how wonderful someone is until they are gone.
Well this lady takes us up these stairs into the attic and to our room. It wasn’t a room so much as a sheet hung up with two beds behind it. Then it was off to dinner. There was a restaurant right next to the hotel and we sat down for a brilliant meal. I can't exactly tell you what I ate, but I know it was good. We ordered a liter of wine and I ended up drinking 75% of it. Yeah... I wasn’t walking well after that. Then in my tipped out state we had gelato! Ah gelato.... drooling at the current moment... ok I am fine. We ate our gelato by the canal. It was beautiful and I think I got Josh addicted to it by the time we left. Went back to the hotel for chats and question time as I call it. I would have slept wonderful except for the mosquito that was attacking me. I guess the mosquito wanted to eat gelato as well and I didn’t want to share!
The next day we went to Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and saw all the beautiful elaborate gold rooms. You spend most of the time in the palace looking up at the ceiling and almost running into people. My favorite part of the Palace is Ponete dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). It got its name from a writer reference to the sighs the prisoners made while crossing over to the prison. You know they had to have had second thoughts at the moment for what they had done as they saw their last view of Venice.
I had this one regret in my life for not going into the Basilica Di San Marco last time I was in Venice. I finally made up for that. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Basilica. The ceiling shone with the gold it was adorned with. As I was walking out I lit a candle for my mom.
Took a little walk around the Piazza San Marco. The tourists are nuts and love the pigeons. One woman kissed the pigeon right on the mouth. At that moment I puked a little. What disease is that woman trying to get?!?! I think I talked about that all day!
Grabbed lunch at the supermarket and ate our picnic lunch next to the canal. Had the best proscuttio sandwich and an orange. Then we were bad and had a gelato! Okay that is my obsession I know!!
Josh and I decided to walk around. My goal was to find a hand blown flaming horse for my godmother’s birthday. Found the horse and we went to have a cappuccino. Ah Italian cap! Has to be my favorite thing in the world next to gelato! Yum! The wondered through the canals we talked about life. How people were changing, getting married, getting pregnant, and how sometimes you have to wonder the direction you are headed in. I am always confused. I mean life has changed so drastically in the last couple of months that I am not sure how I am going to be in the next adventure!
Dinner time finally came around and we went to the same place. Had wine, but Josh was the one who had too much. I had a brilliant Italian pizza! It is sad because when we went to grab out last gelato the gelato man knew us! Ha ha! Wow that is really sad on my part! Then it was off to bed. The next day I spent a good 6 hours in the airport. I was glad to get home to my family. I missed them and I wanted a day to soak them in before I was off on my way to England.
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