After my crazy 22 hour long journey from Split, Croatia I arrived safely in Venice, Italy. Time to find the hostel! I walked around the canals and after missing it the first time I arrived at the address that I was given.
There wasn’t a sign outside that said anything about the building being a hostel. There was a canal, a small bridge across the water, and a door. I went up to the door and pushed the buzzer. A guy stuck his head out of a window above and asked if I had a reservation. I said yes, and he let me in.
I checked in to the hostel, paid five euros for dinner at the hostel later on in the evening and then headed outside to take a look around. I heard the gelato is delicious in Italy, so I had to give it a try.
I looked up the best gelato place around and found a shop called Grom, which was very highly rated on TripAdvisor. Lucky for me, it wasn’t too far away. I found the spot, ordered my gelato, and ate it by one of the many canals. Life is good.
I headed back to the hostel, ate some noodles, talked to some of the other people in the hostel, and went to sleep early since I was still exhausted from the previous journey.
I woke up and started getting ready to go on the walking tour. First up: take a shower.
This shower absolutely sucked. It was small, the bathroom was dirty, and I had to hold the nozzle since it was broken. On top of all of that, there wasn’t any hot water. Luckily for me, I’ve done a cold shower challenge for three months before. Its all about the mindset.
I turned the shower on full blast and had a great cold shower. What a way to wake up in the morning!
I got dressed, packed some things up, and went to the walking tour. This lady was a bit more serious than my past walking tour guides, but I decided to go and I learned some interesting facts along the way.
The gondolas (famous boats in Venice) used to be very elaborate since it was the rich people that owned them. Eventually the city passed a law that said all of the gondolas must be black. I don’t believe this law still exists, but they are all still black to keep the tradition.
It was 80 euros for a half hour on the gondola before 8pm and after 8pm it was 100 euros for a half hour. I’m definitely not going on one of those!
I saw where Marco Polo’s house used to be and where Casanova used to live.
There were typically three levels to each house. The first level was used to connect to the canal and store goods. The second level was where the main residence was. The third level was the servants’ quarters.
After the tour I walked all over Venice. I saw Saint Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, and the place where the build and fix the gondolas.
I was exhausted from all the walking around so I decided to head back to the hostel for a bit before getting something to eat. Then I met a couple of Canadian friends that were thinking about getting the five euro dinner from the hostel that I had the night before.
I told them it wasn’t worth it since you don’t get a lot of pasta and so the three of us decided to go get some food. We all had spaghetti! It was delicious.
After dinner we got some gelato and walked around Venice a bit and then hung out on the Rialto Bridge.
I woke up the next morning. It was my birthday!
It was also a travel day though so I couldn’t spend the entire day celebrating and laying by a beach. I planned on going from Venice to Cinque Terre. I grabbed some breakfast and headed to the train station.
The first couple of trains I wanted to take were full so I had two hours to spare. I walked back to Saint Mark’s Basilica and hung out there for a little bit.
I ran into my new Canadian friends from the hostel while at the main square. Two of us were headed back to the train station so I got a nice birthday picture on the way there.
I made it on the train. It was about a 6 hour journey, which was nothing compared to my last couple of journeys.
I arrived in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. To get to my hostel I walked up lots of stairs. The view was nice though!
After I checked in and put my stuff in the room I went to get some food. I was told that a place called Mamma Mia had some good sea food so I went and ordered a mixed calamari cone. I didn’t realize what “mixed” meant until it was in my hands.
Good thing I was hungry! I ate the whole thing and then went down to the marina and relaxed on one of the boulders there watching the waves for a bit.
Afterwards, I headed back up to the hostel and made friends with everyone. It was a small hostel and everyone was very friendly. We all decided to go out and do a little celebrating for my birthday that night.
The next day I decided to do a hike from one of the towns to another.
After lots of stairs I finally arrived in the next town. It was time for a meal! I had this pesto pizza all to myself and it was exactly what I needed.
After that I walked around a bit more, hopped on a train back to the hostel, and went to sleep early that night since I had an early train to catch the next morning to Switzerland.