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I did it!

For a long time I had a dream, to ride in a gondola in Venice. I had seen gondolas in movies and read about it in books. It seemed like such a romantic thing to do, and frankly, I couldn't imagine being in VENICE and not riding in a gondola. All day I would tell my friend:"I want to ride in a Gondola! I want to ride in a Gondola!" (Just like that...all day...he was so annoyed!) So finally when we saw a series of gondolas docked, I said "This is it!" I asked the gondolier how much it was to take a trip on the canal...he said it was the equivalent of about $95.00 US! I was amazed! It was SO expensive! I didn't think I could afford it, so I went on my way, dissapointed and sad that it was so expensive. We kept looking around and I stopped at another gondolier, he had the same price. I was so sad. Then I thought to myself: "When will I ever be in Venice again? When will I ever have the chance for this experience again?" So, I decided to do it! I bargained with the gondolier and got more time...like an hour in the gondola, but for the same price, but I never have regretted it. It was the experience of a lifetime.
O Sole Mio!

July 11th 2002
My trip to Venice was short, but wonderful! I was working in Oberaudorf, Germany and we had a few days off, so we travelled to Italy. Our first stop was Verona to see an opera and then off to Venice. We only had one day to experience Venice, but what a day this was! I was with my dear friend Daniel and we spent the day walking around Venice. We saw the sights and enjoyed some beautiful weather. No ... read more
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