Venice-The Land of Overpriced Everything
Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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I booked a train from Pisa to Venice. The train would go back through Florence since Pisa is west of Florence. I found my seat and started to relax. The first guy that came around for a ticket check was no problem for me. Since I had a ticket. After about an hour, a different guy came around and asked for my ticket. I gave it to him and then there was a problem. Since I used my Global Eurail Pass along with my reservation, I used up a day of travel time. I only paid for 15 days of a flexi-pass valid only for 2 months. I wrote in the day in pencil and not in pen. Immediately upon seeing my penciled in date on my flexi-pass, he said I was being fined 50€($75) because it was in pencil. Naturally I tried to talk my way out of it but the prick wouldn't budge. I told him to pen on top of it but it didn't do any good. Apparently you are supposed to read the fine print on the back of the ticket
Upon arrival I asked the tourist office where the nearest hostel was. They said there were only 4 in the city and only 1 near by. So I was pointed in the direction and went to it. Immediately after stepping outside I noticed how dam hot it was. The humidity in Venice is incredibly high here. The temperature is only 32 degrees C but you sweat your ass off just walking around. Especially with a 30 or 40 lb of backpack on you. So I walked to find this mysterious hostel and of course I couldn't find it. So I asked a few small hotels their price and they at first seemed pretty high. So I walked around for 30 more minutes until I was too sweaty and tired to care. So I found a decent place that was a bit cheaper and checked-in
The first night wasn't too exciting. I spend the better part of the night getting lost in the maze of the city. At least in the part where I was at, the city seemed to be kind of deserted.
My first full day in Venice and I started the day off with a complimentary breakfast. Standard fare in most of Europe(Hotels) are slices of ham, cheese, cereal, croissants, OJ, and coffee. Most of the hostels will just nix the ham and cheese part and give you only bread. So the ham and cheese is nice to have. At least it's free. Immediately after I headed to the ferry terminal across town because I wanted to reserve my ticket to Greece. At first I had planned to leave the same day but then I wouldn't have had the chance to fully see Venice yet. So I will try to leave the day after. After my 30 minute walk in the blistering sun at 9:30am, I made it there and was told to come back the day of travel because I was using my Eurail pass with the trip. I spent the next 4 hours getting extremely lost in the city. I must say, I've been lost before but never this bad. I have a map with me but it doesn't matter. Most of the streets are either not on the map, or poorly marked. It seems to be a common theme in Europe. All the Old Towns are obviously built thousands of years ago and remain in pretty much the same position as they were laid out