Arrival in Venice

Venice Travel Blog

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We arrived in Venice and checked into our hotel, which was right next to the train station. As soon as we stepped out of the station, we were treated to the sight of the Grand Canal and the bridge. It was an awesome sight, somehow exactly how you would picture Venice but still surprising and very surreal. I think what topped off the image of Venice was the smell (it smelled strongly like the ocean) and the sounds (the quiet splashing of water). We were so excited to be there that after checking in we ran, hopped, and skipped through the gorgeous streets of Venice, and got lost pretty quickly. We asked some locals where to go at night, and we were pointed towards either the Rialto Bridge or Accademia. Following signs to the Rialto, we stopped by a kabab shop whose owner was from Jordan. I spoke to him in Arabic and we became friends. The shawerma we got from there was probably the most delicious thing we've had all trip.

We encountered some guys from Kansas who showed us to a nearby bar with a decent gathering. We engaged some locals, but there was not much going on there so we decided to move on. The guys from Kansas went home, and Adnan and I followed the signs to Academia.

We found a nightclub were people were dancing, but most of the Italians we encountered did not seem too interested in talking with foreigners. We left the bar and began talking to a group of Italian guys with one American girl, who happened to be from Indiana. It is such a small world.

We left the club and spent A LOT of time wandering the streets. We couldn't find our way back, so we asked some people at a water taxi station how to get back to the train station. They told us to the easiest way was to take the taxi. Since we were in the mood for a boat ride through the canals, we got on and took the boat home.
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