La Notte Bianca
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September 18th, 2004 – by: Eric
In theory the the event is a great idea, but in practice there were simply too many people and not enough streets to contain them. Foolishly, my friends and I decided to take the Metro.
We got off at a stop near the Spanish Steps and the streets were just as packed as the subway. They were so crowded you literally couldn't take a step forward until some person at the far end of the seething mass took a step and that step somehow reverberated through 4000 people and opened up a small space in front of you to step in. Later I learned that there were over 2 million people out, so it's no wonder it seemed impossible to get anywhere.
Once we finally made it to the Spanish Steps we got to watch Cirque du Soleil give a short but entertaining performance. There were freakish clowns that pranced around to demented music, a woman who did crazy moves with hula hoops, and an opera-type singer who was almost booed everytime she stepped onto the stage because the tired crowd wanted to see something more exciting than that.
I could go on in more detail about the rest of the night, but instead I'll just summarize by saying we inched our way through the crowd from place to place, trying to find something to do, but most often failing. Once we got a bit further way from the Spanish Steps, the crowd thinned out a bit, and it became more enjoyable to walk around. Eventually I got tired and stumbled back to my apartment around 3 or 4AM to catch a few hours of sleep before leaving on the train for Venice the next morning.
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