With school in full swing I rewarded myself with a student trip to Carnevale, in Venice. Carnevale is the Italian (European) Mardi Gras. The trip was a great deal (only 35 euro), it included all of the transportation (buses and water taxi) to St. Mark's Square for the day trip.
Hope you are in the mood for pictures, that is mainly what this post will be! Be prepared.
I woke up at 5:30 am to pack a lunch and bundle up before meeting up at the train station at 6:30 where the buses were supposed to be waiting to whisk us away to Venice. In actuality we waited for a little over an hour for the buses to arrive and everyone to figure out the correct bus that they were on. We started the 3 hour journey (which ended up being longer with an hour bathroom break at a rest stop).
|Melanie and I on the bus to Venice!|
|Hoards of people headed to the square|
|Famous Bride of Sighs|
|Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)|
|Finally made it to St. Mark's Square|
|Interesting fact: these horses atop of the cathedral are so old that historians|
are unsure how old they are, they may have dates as old as BC.
|Unfortunately, like most of the buildings here, the basilica was under |
restoration while we were there :(
|Eating lunch in the smelly alleyway with a view|
|Climbing the steps of Rialto Bridge|
|The only fish at that we could find|
We made our way back to the the Piazza to meet up with the rest of the group and start the journey back home. We ran into a sea colorful people in a piazza which i'll post pictures of below (in bright orange and yellow) who were extremely entertaining. Everyone in costume was in character and happy to pose for pictures. It was completely different from the American stigma of Mardi Gras which, in my opinion, was more fun. The atmosphere was all about having a good time and really getting into the character of their costumes. I enjoyed people watching and just enjoying the show that was being put on around every corner!
|Lost in a sea of colors|
Again, we were about an hour late to depart. I wasn't too sad about the extra hour as it allowed me watch the sunset and purchase a Murano glass ring and a pair of earrings. However, by the end of the hour the water taxi couldn't come soon enough!
|Chilean Soccer team also enoying Carnevale|
|I gave some sleeping people a scare on the|
bus ride home with this mask.
|Me, Elyssa and Melanie on the water taxi|
On the bus Elyssa and I had an enthralling conversation with Lorenzo (helps with ESEG the student group) about Amercian food and all of the wonders of KFC and Mac & cheese, neither of which he has been able to try. Needless to say, I miss french fries and cheeseburgers already!
We got off the bus, onto the metro and headed straight home. Once home we splurged on some take out and crawled into bed. Overall, it was a great day in Venice and as always i'm grateful to be able to experience the beauty of Italy!
I'll leave you with this little snippet, I saw Johnny Depp!
Gotcha! Only someone dressed up for Carnevale, he was very believable and had the mannerisms of the true Captain Jack Sparro.