Serendipity, the biggest pair you’ve ever seen, and pigeons…lots of pigeons.

The Wandering Nerd November 4th, 2007

I’m glad I made it out of Interlaken, for a number of reasons. It had become dangerous for me to stay longer. It involves Jagermeister. Let’s move on.

I came to Venice completely sans a plan. No idea where I was going to stay, no real knowledge of the city. Not a thing. Turns out this is a holiday weekend and more tourists are here than have ever been here. Huh huh!

Despite being periodically burned by it, I followed the Lonely Planet to a hostel hoping to find a room. One thing I’ve found odd about Italy is that set business hours are more of a guideline really. The hostel only opens from 5-8 for checking in. Luckily I met three Aussies, see, thick on the ground here. Even more luckily they are great people. Unluckily for all 4 of us, the hostel was completely booked up, as was the backup hotel they suggested. We called around and found 4 beds at a place run by nuns. That’s right, nuns. It has turned out to be one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. We had another American join us for a five set - a very important number. All good peeps, and all a lot of fun. We’ve been kicking around for a few days.

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From what I can ascertain there isn’t any specific place that draws people to Venice. It’s more just the city itself. I’d been told specifically that I must go to Venice. As I’m easily influenced, here I am, and indeed happy to have made the journey. It’s a lovely city and easily the most difficult place to navigate that I have been in. Josh would be found floating in a canal somewhere around here. Once again I became the de facto navigator. Just try to get from one place to another on something that looks like this:

It’s not so much navigation as it is a tribute to Pac-Man. So far - fingers crossed - I haven’t had any major mistakes. The mitigating factor, if you get lost it just means you’ll find something interesting. The whole town is full of shops, cafe’s and little bars. Gelato, wine, pasta, and not one single car. Not a one. The ambulances here are boats, so are the taxis, and the ’subway/bus’ system. Really though you can walk anywhere and everywhere. It just takes a time, ‘as the crow flies’ has no meaning here.

From what I’ve had the food here is way overpriced and simply gouges the tourists. I’m back on the kebab diet, though they actually put vegetables in them here. Some of the pizza is pretty good - I must admit a nagging desire for a Papa John’s Works though. That and a grilled stuffed burrito from the Bell.

As a corollary to Germany, here wine is quite literally cheaper than water. We found a shop that you can bring your own bottles into and they’ll fill them up with whatever you want. Cabs, Merlots, Pinots, even the local stuff. Tonight I bought 5 liters of wine for a tenners, and it’s good wine - he says as he takes a nip from the Pinot Grigio - not like Franzia, Mad Dog or Boone’s Farm - BOOOOOOONE’S!!! Ah, that brings back memories from college…not necessarily good ones, but memories none the less.

Enjoy your photos you voyeurs, Venice is gorgeous:


thought I could fake this thing alright
thought it could somehow get me by
-finger eleven

One Response to “Serendipity, the biggest pair you’ve ever seen, and pigeons…lots of pigeons.”

  1. DocBroion 12 Nov 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Glub. Burble. Blurp.

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