June 5, 2017 Monday
Today was my first day of class, so I had to be up early. I woke up around 7:45 am, got ready for the day, then headed down to breakfast with my roommates. The restaurant place where we ate is pretty much right below us in our building, so it wasn’t a far trek to find food. I had the continental breakfast which consisted of eggs, bread, meat, and fruit along with a cappuccino. All in all not a bad way to start the day. We then all headed over to the classroom which has a stunning view of the water and the breeze gave it the perfect temperature. The class is from 9:00- 12:00 with a 15 minute break around 10:45. Because today was the first day, we had some introductions and an overview of the class for the first part. We then discussed our readings (selections from Judith Martin’s No Vulgar Hotel, selections from John Berendt’s City of Falling Angels, and Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark).
After class, a group of us girls took the 12:40 vaporetto from San Servolo to the stop at San Marco’s and decided to get lost in Venice. Some people needed to buy SIM cards for their phones, so we followed a map to the recommended place. After that, we found a crowded restaurant to eat lunch at. The eight of us took us most of the counter, and each ordered a slice of a different kind of pizza. I chose the pizza with meat on it, which turned out to be a great choice. We then just traversed along the calles looking at the various stores and just taking in everything Venice has to offer. It was hot out and we were all thirsty, so we continually stopped so people could buy some water.
Around 5 o’clock, we split into two groups of four since some of us wanted to drink spritzes and talk while the others wanted to go back to rest. The four of us who remained enjoyed our spritzes then continued to wander, eventually ending up in some kind of courtyard art exhibit. Later on, around 6:00, we decided to head back, but when we tried to get off the boat we realized too late that we had missed our stop. We figured since we had to wait another hour anyways, we might as well walk around some more. So, we found this quiet residential area/ park to walk through which was beautiful and quiet and serene. By the time we returned to the busy areas, it was time to catch our boat. But when we got to the boat stop, we realized too late we were at the wrong one and had already missed the boat. So, again we traveled around the streets to distract ourselves while we waited yet another 45 for the boat. This time, by 7:50, we made it to the boat and finally got back to San Servolo. We had dinner outside and sat and talked until 9:30, then I went back to my room to shower and do some homework before turning in for the night.
Ciao for now!