Monday, November 19, 2007

Finalmente! I have arrived in Venice.

The concierge has informed me that he will only speak Italian to me for the rest of the week. His English is better than my Italian but when I said a couple of words he said, in Italian "You know the language." Hello, that is a huge overstatement. ha.

It took forever to get here. L.A. to Zurich...I spent 11 hours sitting next to a huge man who snored loudly. Flying coach overseas sucks. The man was all up in my space. I do like Swiss Air, I have never flown them before. The airport is so much easier to navigate than Charles De Gaulle and esp. freaking Heathrow. Then we took a little plane from Zurich to Venice only 45 minutes. Instead of paying 100 Euros for a water taxi (I will take one the way back) I took the ferry which was only 12 euros but hour ride.

When I walked into Saint Marks Square I just had to stand there for a minute, despite the freezing weather (to me). The long ass trip was worth it for that view alone.

My hotel is on a quiet side canal but close to everything. It's more of an apartment. I looooove it. If I could find a place like this in Rome I would be very happy.

Now I have to unpack. I was going to get something to eat but it's too late and I'm wiped out.

There is some prison show on RAI with a lot of yelling.

15 comments:

Jess said...

Can't wait to read about this Venice visit, I hope you enjoy everything!

chris & erin said...

benvenuto a Italia! Have a wonderful time

gibber said...

I hope you can post pictures from over there!

Texas Espresso said...

oooo I am so jealous! Venice is my favorite city. I can't wait to hear and see more. ahhh Venice...

dmarie said...

Ohhh--have such a wonderful time!

You know, Venice is the one place I've been to that I didn't take many pictures. It was honestly so beautiful and amazing, I didn't even think about it :)

rose said...

How exciting! I can't wait to read about your experiences there. Hmmm, do you have a flickr account or something? ;)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jess - Thanks...did you go to Venice when you went to Italy?

chris & erin- grazie mille.

gibber - Curious to see what type of photos I will get. It's going to be cloudy for the next two days and then rain for the rest of the week.

texas espresso - This is my first time here. Can't wait for the sun to rise.

dmarie - thank you.

rose - I do have a flickr account, you can access it via my blog. I am so behind. I haven't upload photos in a while.

Michellanea said...

Welcome! I love the Zurich airport. I've flown through there several times. And this summer I lost my 'carta di soggiorno' there on my way to the U.S. and they actually found it and had it waiting for me at Lost & Found upon my return. They were quick, efficient and friendly! Not sure what would have happened had I lost the carta in an Italian airport...Enjoy your trip. I hear warmer weather may be on the way.

Liz said...

Oh wow, have a wonderful time. I am so happy for you to be somewhere your heart is so connected to. Enjoy and eat lots of good food.

J.Doe said...

ope you have a great trip. Are you planning on spending you whole time in Venice then or are going to travel around?

Rose in Cali said...

How fun! I hope you continue to post while you're out there. Have a great time!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

michellanea - Thanks for that weather tip. Ha, I am such a wimp now. I am going to try and connect thur Zurich for now on. I can't believe they found your "carta" and held on to it. Wow.

Liz - grazie. I think I ate too much today.

j. doe - I will be mostly in Venice but will be taking a trip to Burano and to Milan later in the week.

rose in cali - Thanks. I will be posting in a few minutes.

sognatrice said...

Woohoo! You're here! You're here!!!!!!

And I *know* you're impressing more than the concierge with your Italian. Brava :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, enjoy, enjoy!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

sognatrice - grazie!

jen - thanks, I am going to try. heh.