And it was kind of a miracle because for starters we got to bed at 11:30pm and had to wake up at 1am! Yikes. And poor Deanna had just had a 10 or so hour flight. What a trooper. But we woke up on time, praise to the heavens, and got outside to catch the bus at 2:09am. However, my contacts were going all funny and I couldn't read the map, so expert navigator Deanna successfully got us on and off the bus at the right stops in a country that she had only been in for 13 hours. And Deanna wins the gold.
The hitch was that we transferred to the right bus station, but it never came (after asking several people on the street if they knew if it was coming, several of whom had had a BIT too much of the drink...fun). So 20 min before our booked coach bus left the station, we were still quite a ways a way cause the dumb city bus never came. Sooo, we asked another city bus driver for help and sweet soul got us on our way and told us what alternate bus to take. However, at that point we were cuttin to the wire on time, so we decided to get a cab. Unfortunately, neither of us had cash. Really. Why are the fates against us?
So I ran down the block and found an ATM just in time to get the cash and dash. We got a cab and got to the bus station with a few minutes to spare. Miracle? Uh huh.
At the moment, I am in Venice at the hostel (called A Venice Museum) using the free Wifi (awesome). Venice is a dream. Though navigating around is a bit tricky. The walking streets go straight for about 2 yards, and then they connect with another street. So we keep having to get out the map every block to see what street to turn on!
Also, the city is so quiet without cars. It's a bit eerie, really. And despite all the stuff I've been reading about tourists taking over Venice, there doesn't seem to be that many really. Many times today, Deanna and I were completely on our own walking through different parts of town.
|Gallerie Academia museum we went to today. Interesting cause the building was|
quite in disrepair yet it was housing these priceless and beautiful works
|Church of Santa Maria della Salute. This picture, though beautiful,|
doesn't do it justice. The sculptures on the building were 3-D ish,
bathed in all these lovely shadows and coming out quite far from the building.
Love to all and so glad family got the package. And I heard about the little rock band get-together John had with the dudes and the chat you parents had with a friend of mine :) Gimme the details! Also, I'm enthralled that you guys went on a vacation to Topsail. I think this is the first holiday in what, 15 years?? You deserve it. love to all, xoxo