Monday, March 22, 2010

Buongiorno Venezia!

Well lovely readers, last weekend was extra special because I went to Venice!!! I realized that this is the first trip I have taken outside of Spain (minus going back to the states for Christmas) so I was really excited. I went with the guy I'm dating on the frisbee team Alberto, his roomate Jose, and Jose's girlfriend Ani who also play on the frisbee team. We arrived in Venice late Friday night and met up with 2 of their friends Lara and Alejandro who guess what...also play frisbee! Who would have thought? Anyway Alex is studied in Venice and both are living there for the year which was nice because staying in Venice is really expensive. On Saturday we woke up to eat breakfast and have some delish cappuccinos. Then we walked around the center of the city to see the big sights. Our first stop was St. Marks Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and St. Marks Square which were all really beautiful just like you see in the movies! I hadn't realized how many canals there were in Venice and that you can only walk in the city. We were in a pedestrians paradise where you could walk all over the city and never have to worry about crossing streets or traffic, it was fabulous! We walked some more around the city to see the ruins of a 14th century castle and then it was time for lunch so we ate pizza! The pizza was absolutely amazing because it had prosciutto and lots of other delicious toppings. After lunch we walked around the Grand Canal to take pictures. Then Alex and Lara made us spaghetti carbonara for dinner. On Sunday we got up to get some typical Venetian pastries that was like a sugared bread with dates in it and watch the Formula 1 race. Formula 1 is the european version of Nascar so classier but still just as boring. However, a Spanish racer Fernando Alonso was favored to win so we went to eat some snacks, watch the race, and drink a typical Venetian drink called a Spritz. After the race we ate some lunch and took a boat ride on the Valporetto (no I didn't go on a gondola because they were ridiculously expensive). The Valporetto is the Venice version of the metro so you just hop on and can tour around the canals. After so much walking I was pretty exhausted on Sunday so I slept really well. On our last day we went inside of St. Mark's Basilica and toured around some of the Murano glass shops that are really famous. I bought some souvenirs and we ate some more pizza! After taking sips of our last cappuccino, we headed back to the airport and back to the real world (sniff, sniff). As always, here are some pictures!

With a gondolero that looks super enthusiastic to be in this picture with me.

The Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge
Alberto and I on one of the canals

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