This is the second trip that my program organized for us, the first being Rome. It was so nice to have everything planned and booked for us- it can get a little stressful and time consuming trying to plan every detail of every trip. Our alarms blared at 7am, too early for a weekend, and we quickly made our way to the train station. We had two quizzes the following Monday, which I planned to study for on our train, but as soon as the train pulled out of Santa Maria Novella Train Station, I was out for the count. Next thing I knew, we arrived in the unique, sunny Venice.
Dinner was literally next door to our hotel, so we scooted over for a huge four course meal of seafood, seafood, and more seafood. Because Venice is on the Adriatic Sea, the seafood is absolutely scrumptious. Appetizers started with a platter of assorted sea life, including crab and shrimp. The main course consisted of pasta with squid ink with large chunks of squid, a muscle risotto, and beef lasagna. Honestly, each item was really interesting but also really yummy. Our table got a kick out of how the squid ink died everyones mouth black... we couldn't stop laughing ate each other. For dessert, tiramisu. After dinner, about 20 of us Wisconsin kids headed for a night on the town. We jumped around to a couple different bars, singing, dancing, and staying out much too late. I feel so lucky that my program consists of mainly kids that attend Madison. It'll be awesome to still be able to hangout with everyone next semester. WOOHOO!
Breakfast in the morning was delivered directly to our room, making us feel like queens compared to our 99 cent cereal in Florence. The sun was out again, YAY, so we jumped on a boat and headed to the island of Murano, famous for its Venetian glass blowing. On the island, we immediately stumbled across a glassware house and were quickly ushered inside. The owner demonstrated a couple glass blowing techniques that were absolutely mind blowing. He made a beautiful glass vase in under five minutes and extremely intricate horse within two. We were all mesmerized. It was only right to purchase a few hand made glass items after watching it done in front of us! For lunch, a couple of us bought a few items at a grocery store and sat by the canals eating. The sun was HOT and the water was beautiful, all was right in the world. Murano was so breathtaking! I don't know how anyone could not NOT fall in love with this city. We didn't have enough time to visit the second island, Burano, but that just means i'll have to return...someday!