I didn’t realize Roman forum and Palatino were that big. I started early in the morning and finished in late afternoon. I had to skip some places because I was too tired. I then walked to Colosseum but was told it was closed! 🙁 I had my ticket in my hands. I was so disappointed. Lucky that some tour guides there told me I could use my ticket to get into Colosseum the next day. The ticket was valid for two consecutive days!! Yeah!!
After visiting the Colosseum, I took a train to Venice. The trains were better than I thought and with the help of the hostel, I booked a few ‘business’ class or ‘first’ class ones at a low price. 🙂
This one to Venice was a normal one but I met an Italian guy who was sitting next to me and two American ladies who came in with two paper bags of McDonalds. When the Italian guy saw it, he grimaced. We shared the same table so we started talking for the entire journey. The two ladies were mother and daughter. The Italian guy was working in the Silicon Valley in Italy (Sila Valley) developing websites and app for pubs and bars. I didn’t know how his app worked and he said it was a secret so I stopped asking. When I think back now, it could be those we use nowadays – taking orders and settling the bills. The mother told us they wanted to try the McDonalds in Italy and it was their first time to try it. The Italian guy was happy to hear that. It’s true. Why would you eat McDonalds when there were so many nice restaurants in Italy? The mother asked the Italian guy how her daughter found a boyfriend in Italy. The Italian guy said, ‘just shout “I am rich!” then you can find one.’ 😀 That was so funny. I was told we had to buy ferry tickets all the time so we might as well buy a pass. So I shared that information with the family.
After we got off the train, we headed to the ticket booth to buy the pass. There were a few of them so I went to check. The mother thought I went missing because I was out of her sight and she kept looking for me. It was so kind of her. In the end, we found the right ticket booth and bought the tickets. After that, we went separate ways.
I checked in my hostel and was so surprised! It was like a hotel with a bar downstairs that served quite good food. It felt a bit like the one I stayed at in La Paz but this one was way quieter. Lovely. 🙂
Venice, I will see more of you tomorrow! 😀
10 – 11 March 2015
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