In the summer of 2015, my family and I took a trip to the beautiful country of Italy!
The first city we stayed in was Venice and, of course, we had to go on a gondola ride! There are a million of these gondolas all over the city, so you can’t help but experience one of these popular boat rides yourself. The gondolas are very thin, but they manage to hold a good amount of people for their size. The boat is usually led by someone who paddles you through the city and the narrow spaces between buildings.
If you looked to your sides during the boat ride, you would just see a door leading to the inside of a home, with no walkway or sidewalk. It’s interesting to see all the beautiful architecture and the different lifestyles people have in a city that’s practically floating on water.
In Venice, boats are basically the only transportation – other than walking. People would meet up at squares between the buildings, where kids would play games and eat gelato together. Almost all of the restaurants were family owned and really friendly, which was great because it’s definitely harder to communicate when there’s a language barrier.. (still working on my Duolingo)!
But, we still blasted Italian music on the boat and took a lot pictures during the ride! I’m looking back at them now and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I guess some things just stick with you!
One of the things I love the most about traveling in general is getting to see a completely different side of the world. I always feel like I’m living in a bubble, where everyone does the same thing everyday. Going out of your comfort zone and exploring different ways of life is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind experience.
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