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view from piazzale roma from the new bridge.
the bus stopped in a big plaza which was full of activities, although the bus hadnt opened its doors yet, lots of people were already swarming in the bus doors, i just rolled my eyes - couldnt they wait?! lol. as i got out, i was so mesmerised by the atmosphere of venezia - the clear blue sky, the glowing architectures lit by the sun, the beautiful aquamarine water that snakes around the city - for the moment i just stood there and admired the grandeur that lay upon me. i had never seen such a city this beautiful! and i just got here! but i was really confused as i looked from the map that i had printed from the internet, because it wasnt stated where i was standing, i have to find sta. luzia train station, i follwed a path leading to a new constructed bridge and i really stopped because the view is fantastic! the snow covered alps can be seen in the clear blue sky! i had to shake the feeling of amazement because i am on a mission to find sta.
view from the new bridge - the grand canal and ponte degli scalzi.
luzia train station! wahahahaha


i was circling the area and it was so warm! i was wearing my winter jacket but its not that "cold" in venice as it was in düsseldorf. i was tired dragging my backpack, so finally i asked someone - first i asked in italian and then asked him if he can speak english hahahaha - the guy said to me to cross the new bridge and just go straight because the central station is there, pass the huge church - in no time, i found myself in sta. luzia train station - went to the ticket counter and bought tickets to ljubljana for me and byiang!

now - the challenge comes! finding the way from sta. luzia to san polo district of venezia! to my hostel - locanda poste vecie!

situation 1

as i got out of the train station, i looked all over the place and still mesmerised - i asked 2 youngsters in the stairs where the streats leading to rialto are, they said to me, just cross the bridge in fron of sta.
view from fondamente santa lucia.
luzia station - ponte degli scalzi. as i crossed the bridge signs where all over to rialto ans plaza san marco, but i looked at the map - i wasnt really going there - same direction but not really as i have to find pal abrizzi because as google map says - thats the location of the hostel. i was really mesmerised seeing the canals of venezia with its green waters, and i said to myself that it wouldt hurt to get lost a bit and take pictures - i still cant feel the tiredness of my shoulders anyway plus according to google map - the hostel is less than a kilometer from the train station. after getting lost for a while, i started asking people questions on how to get to san polo district - they just just directed me here and there - it wasnt exactly the informations i was looking for lol but they were nice - but i always end up in dead ends!


situation 2

i was sweating so hard because it was so hot! for my standards anyway - then i met an old woman who was accompanied by a younger girl and i politely asked the signora and the girl the directions to rialto, they were so nice - but still in the end i took the wrong direction! arrrghhhhhhhhh - but i know i was close to the hostel because the house numbers are already on 1400s and my hostel is number 1612! it was just so frustrating and looking again at my map - i dont know why but it wasnt cooperative! lol - then i met on the street a friendly looking woman and i asked her - she helped me so much - she said that i am in the rio terra which is not far from pal abrizzi! good good! i really thanked her - but i was on adrenaline and i kept talking to her! lol then we said ciao, and with high hopes i followed her directions - to campo san polo! when i was there i know its easy to find the hostel!  i kept circling the streets! looking for the hostel but its really weaird instead of the house numbers increasing above 1400s its slowly declining to 1000-900! whattafuck?!!! i kept walking and wlaking passing a bridge that said by the map and google map but i kept going back to calle del cavalli! i paused in the middle of campo san polo and out of breath and smoked a cigarette!

situation 3 and the best of the venezians!

circling around san polo for almost 1 hour and 1 hour getting lost in venice - so that makes 2 hours of just finding that damn hostel! and i was dissapointed - a bit because the light is slowly fading *groaaaannsss* i wouldnt be able to see venice in the last remaining daylight before i even checked in to the hostel! i was in this place full of activity - there were carpenters in the area, it might be better to ask them because they might know the address! it was so hard to communicate with the language barrier!!! but the good thing was - i know what is left and right, straight ahead, streets in italian! hahahaha sometimes, i love myself - because i can pick up latin languages easily coz i learned spanish and german is close to latin! and i worked with italian kids in düsseldorf! waahahahaha - but although te language thing works - i still couldnt find the hostel - it was nearing 3 hours and i slumped on the street and smoked and told myself to relax.
view of the grand canal from ponte degli scalzi.
then a very sophisticated man came on the street and he was in a hurry, but i really bothered him! i asked him to direct me to the address and with little words -
he put out his mobile phone and called the hostel!!!!! apprently google map had the wrong address of the hostel!! what the fuck was that?!!!! he asked for my map and he drew dots and lines towards the address of the hostel at campo de la beccarie near the fishmarket! which was actually far from the information from google map! grrrrrrr. i thanked him so much in my life and we shooked hands - i may forgot his face but i will not forget his deed. venezians are amazing people!

the direction to campo de la beccarie was so easy! piece of cake! i passed a familiar building thats near to the hostel and voila! found the small alley leading to it!!!! i smoked outside before getting in - then after i was finished i rang the bell - and then at the reception a bubbly middle aged guy gretted me .
in black and white
.. ah mr. lauro ***********, yes i said lol and i complained to him that google map is wrong thats why i was 2 hours late for the check in! but as italians - que serra serra attitude - he told me - the important thing is that i am there! lol he was fucking right! hahahahaha - then he said to me - that i come from the philippines so i must know spanish and i told him - well - yes - a bit lol then he got lazy talking in english and we conversed in italian and spanish hahaha like a chicken talking to a duck lol and the most amazing things is that he told me that he will be putting me in a two bedroom suite!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET! lol - i was never so happy as i needed a good sleep! but he told me i have a roomate that would check in, in about 2 hours i told him its fine! so he showed me the room! oh my god - with a fridge, tv and a bathrooom for just fucking SIXTEEN EUROS! wahahaha and best of all with nice showers with free soap and shampoos!!! couldnt get any better than that!

i went down and left the key to him so that the other guy can check-in later while i roamed venice, light was definitely fading but luckily enough to take a few shots! i was just in the rialto passed the fish market then headed back because i was so hungry and tired for the day - i remembered i passed a chinese restaurant just down below the hostel - cinese i said because the waiter and the people inside are well - chinese! lol hahaha when i went inside i was surprised! because they served italian! italian cuisine prepared by chinese?!! why not?! so i ordered pasta funghi - and you know me i am picky with food - but it tasted so good!!!!

after my dinner - went back to the hostel and showered with really hot water - after that - my roomate came! giovanni from london - he has italian name but hes well - british! lol we agreed to look around venice at night - he just came from florence and was teaching piano there - and then went to venezia.
the grand canal.


giovanni and me had fun laughing out and getting lost in venice - i didnt used that crappy map we just followed the signs and naturally we ended up in dead ends hahahaha - after our long and tiring walk around venice - we decided to have a drink! it was weird because there arent any bars in venice! we found one - harry's but they dont serve beer only wine and coktails thats shoots up to more than 100 euros! are you kidding me?! lol so we walked and walked until we found a plaza were lots of people were gathered outside and i had to laugh because i told him that we search for almost an hour for some bars and "nightlife" in venice and it was just a walking distance from or hostel lol! hahahaha well it wasnt exactly a nightlife but its where people our age go :P wahahaha giovannie ordered corona and me becks and we sat outside - beside us were 3 women - one was a grand old dame - a true signora and the 2 were giovanni's age hahahaha.
a canal in black and white.
the three women were amazed at us! lol even the signora was talking at us - problem was - she was talking too fast and i cant understand her - but she said it was nice that we were having fun in venice! well not really but something like that! wahahahahaha then the other woman came to us and talked she even bought chips in our table! she doenst know english! but she braved to speak to us and giovanni was flirting with her but giovanni cant speak italian! wahahahaha so i came to the rescue - the woman spoke slow italian which her name was elissabetta. so elissabeta talked to us un italian and me a mix of spanish and italian to her and fucking translating it in english for giovanni! wahahahahahaha

we had fun talking! i love it! giovanni was so impressed by my language skills and i told him that i am impressed with his piano skills wahahahaha after our  hat its time to go home as it was very cold and i said arrividercci to the signora and the girls and we went back to the hostel! was still early about 9pm but it was so cold outside!

when we got back at the hotel, i relaized that my pants were damaged! the bottom part was teared awkwardly and its hard to walk because my shoes kept stepping on it, i asked givanni if he has scissors and apprently not and he suggested to saw it with a key - i did that but we were laughing because it didnt made any progress, lol, then i sneaked out in the kitchen and found some butter knives there, i went wuickly back to the room and saw my jeans with a butter knife - in just 5 strokes the awkward tear was fixed! hahaha i quickly washed the butter knife and put it back in the table :D wahahahaha

after setting in and watching some cnn on the tv, we said goodnight to each other!

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
first glimpse of the canal in sta. croce district!
. first day in venezia, and to be honest i do not feel like a tourist here! like someone who came back to his home after a long vacation - strange feeling but true!

bouna serra venezia... la citta della serennisima!
lauro says:
salamat ann ^_^ pero mas love ko ang experience ko! wahahahaa
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010
mabby says:
I so love the photos!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010
thina22 says:
opo!

daytrip po!

sa Valentines day!


hahahaha!
Posted on: Jan 09, 2010
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view from fondamente santa lucia.
view from fondamente santa lucia.
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in black and white
in black and white
the grand canal.
the grand canal.
a canal in black and white.
a canal in black and white.
first glimpse of the canal in sta.…
first glimpse of the canal in sta…
just beautiful! the canal, the col…
just beautiful! the canal, the co…
colorful windows in faded wallpain…
colorful windows in faded wallpai…
a small iron bridge in a canal.
a small iron bridge in a canal.
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the reception at locanda poste ve…
the heavy door of the hostel/hotel!
the heavy door of the hostel/hotel!
my two bedroom suite!
my two bedroom suite!
venice in a painting!
venice in a painting!
super clean toilet!
super clean toilet!
my room for the night.
my room for the night.
the hostel is located in a narrow …
the hostel is located in a narrow…
modern speedboats replaced tge cha…
modern speedboats replaced tge ch…
san polo district of venezia.
san polo district of venezia.
turning back the time.
turning back the time.
he looked at me! lol
he looked at me! lol
at the market near the pescaria.
at the market near the pescaria.
reminder of the carneval in venezi…
reminder of the carneval in venez…
this is just awesome!
this is just awesome!
san polo district near the pescari…
san polo district near the pescar…
crossing the rialto.
crossing the rialto.
old venezia!
old venezia!
venezia and the grand canal in fad…
venezia and the grand canal in fa…
the rialto linking san polo and sa…
the rialto linking san polo and s…
rialto in black and white.
rialto in black and white.
the little chinese/italian restura…
the little chinese/italian restur…
directions going back to piazzale …
directions going back to piazzale…
having a cigarette.
having a cigarette.
the bar!
the bar!
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the chinese waiter in the italian…
my pasta funghi!
my pasta funghi!
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giovanni and me always end up in …
san samuele at night!
san samuele at night!
giovanni and me.
giovanni and me.
having a drink to end the day!
having a drink to end the day!
in our room! wahahaha
in our room! wahahaha
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