June 12, 2017 Monday
This was a rough morning because I was so tired from my adventure in Verona the day before that I started my day a little later than usual. I had to be at class by 9 am, so I woke up around 8:20, put on a dress and sneakers, then met my friends for breakfast at 8:40. We sat outside in the sun and I had my usual eggs, meat and bread, and double espresso. It was a bit more rushed than usual because I had less time, but it was no less enjoyable. In class we discussed the connection between Plato’s Phaedrus and Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice.
After class, I went back to my room and wrote for an hour about everything I had done the previous week. Around 1 pm, I went downstairs to the hotel restaurant and ordered some lunch which I ate outside in the shade with a group of my friends. We had all brought work to do at the table but no one was doing it, and instead we were all conversing and laughing and having an overall pleasant lunch. Since we did all actually have to do some school work though, we cut lunch a bit short and headed back to our rooms. I read and wrote a bit more, until about 3:45. That’s when I and a group of other girls headed into Venice to walk around and explore some more.
We walked around Canareggio looking into shops and checking out cute cafes for a couple hours. We found this adorable little chocolate/ dessert store that would accept our vouchers, so we each bought a little something to satisfy our sweet tooth. I bought a bag of small chocolate and cookie sandwiches that taste so yummy. Gabrielle bought a slice of chocolate cake that was so dark it was black and tasted fantastic. We then went into a nice jewelry shop in which all the jewelry was made from beads and the store was separated by color. It went from blue to purple to pink to red to orange to yellow to white to black. All the jewelry was stunning. Maggie and Francesca each bought a bracelet and then we continued down the calle. We went into a couple of other stores, with people making small purchases every so often and then we got hungry.
We happened upon a tiny restaurant, “Pontini,” right on the water that appeared to be very popular and according to Gabrielle had gotten great reviews online. Because it was busy and because we were a group of six people, we had to wait for about 15 minutes before we were seated. Once we were seated inside (we didn’t get to sit in front of the water unfortunately), we had a chance to look at the menu and enjoy our complimentary bread. I ended up ordering spaghetti ala bolognese. What startled me a bit when I took my first bite was that it tasted so much like my mom’s homemade bolognese! It was also a great portion size, not too much but not too little. Other people got salads (which were huge), a caprese salad, gnocchi, and spaghetti ala vongole. The people working there were so nice and accommodating and even let us pay separately at the end which was a huge help.
After we left the restaurant, we walked to a grocery store on the Grand Canal right next to the Rialto Bridge. We had shopped here before because they accept our vouchers and we can buy lots of fruits and veggies for a reasonable price. We stocked up on these items as well as some cases of bottled water (which can be expensive to continually buy on the street) and some other necessities. We always make a commotion when we’re paying because we have to figure out how we’re going to add everything up and what we can use the vouchers on. It’s like a scene out of a comedy act where everything is going wrong, but in a comical way. Finally we paid and then trekked back to the San Zaccaria vaporetto stop while lugging our shopping bags through the streets.
We returned to San Servolo around 21:30 and parted ways at our respective buildings. I put away my purchases when I got back to the room, did some work, and then relaxed until midnight when, with my eyes drooping with every word I read, I finally decided to go to sleep.
Ciao for now!