Sorry it’s been so long since I have written you all. It has been a while since I have done something worth writing about…but today I’m so excited to tell you about my trip to Venice for Carnival weekend!
After a very long week of sleepless nights studying for midterms, 11 of us set out North on a 4 hour train ride to Venice last Friday. Unfortunately, we bought our tickets too late and they only had “standing seats available”…which means you stand in the isles OR you sit in a fold out chair and get up every 2 or 3 minutes to let people pass by. Needless to say, it was going to be a long train ride! Some of us (who will remain nameless) decided to drink to pass time. (Don’t worry mom I didn’t partake in the drunkenness.) HOWEVER, those who did seriously regret doing so for reasons you will soon find out.
In our first hour we heard a group of people speaking english (this is very rare) so my friend Brooke and I decided we were going to go introduce ourselves. As it turns out, there were 6 students from California studying in Rome this semester. We talked a little about studying abroad and living in a new country, and then we exchanged numbers on Brooke’s phone and made plans to meet up in Venice.
When we arrived in Venice, we got off the train, I gathered everyone up, and we headed to a nearby coffee shop to relax and reenergize for the walk to our apartment. When we sat down one of those who remain nameless remembered that he forgot his ipod and $90 headphones on the train….guess it serves him right for drinking and riding on a train! haha anyways, Brooke then realized that she left her phone on the train too(which had the numbers to the Cali friends we just made). So we didn’t exactly start off on a great foot in Venice.
Now if you are planning on coming to Venice you should know that 1)it’s beautiful and unbelievably romantic. 2) the nightlife isn’t exactly “happening” and 3) you should pack light and don’t bring rolling luggage because bridges are everywhere and they have stairs on every one of them which makes rolling luggage pretty annoying.
So we finally got to our apartment that we rented for the weekend…yes ALL 11 of us we sharing an apartment for 4 people. I’ll get to sleeping arrangements later. So we we’re in Venice for Carnival which is basically Mardi gras in Europe….but much bigger! People go ALL OUT for their costumes. All the girls on our trip decided we were going to dress up as kittens, so we wore all black and bought cat ears and painted noses and whiskers on our faces and headed to San margaritone square. We had a few drinks and met a group of girls from Pennsilvania. Around 1 or 2 I decided to call it quits and head back to the apartment. Luckily, there were only a few of us that we back so early, so 3 of us girls slept in one of the beds and went to sleep.
The next morning, I looked to my right and saw my friend, Melissa sleeping on the floor with a towel(since all the blankets were being used) and our friend Michael quickly said “Melissa do you want to use my curtain? it’s actually quite warm!” Apparently he found a curtain on the floor and we all thought this was hilarious!
That day we got up, got ready, and headed to the market to shop for Carnival masks! I ended up finding the perfect mask, and we decided we wanted to wear them and go on a gondola ride! I mean we ARE in Venice so it was worth the 15euro a person! When we got back to the apartment we got ready for dinner and found a small restaurant on the water. I orded a four cheese pizza and after the first bite I realized that I made a wrong decision. The cheese was way too strong for my liking…and it wasn’t settling very well. Unfortunately, I had to stay in that night because I was feeling sick to my stomach.
The next day we cleaned the apartment and headed to the train station. It was a beautiful weekend and we met alot of great new friends. Carnival in Venice is like no other place on earth and I am so excited I got to experience it!