Day two in Venice we waterbused to Murano â€“ the island famous for glass blowing.Â There were some seriously cool things made out of glass, we bought a small blue and white bowl.Â Some shops were more like museums and even charged a cover fee just to enter.Â It wasnâ€™t just the shops that had cover charges, though, many of the restaurants charged 1.5-6 Euros just to sit down.Â Dinners got to be fairly expensive for just pasta (and wine).Â I was brave and tried cuttlefish, cooked in itâ€™s own black ink.
Our first full day in Venice was awesome; we wandered around Lido, a nearby island, and went swimming on the public beach.Â Lots of man-thongs and speedos, but no one was naked.Â Brian and I have only swum in the Pacific and the Atlantic, adding the Adriatic to our list was very cool.
Arriving in Venice was overwhelming, both the crowds and the heat instantly exhausted us. Venice is confusing, but in a really magical way.Â It is IMPOSSIBLE to not get lost, but as long as you are not in a rush anywhere (and have plenty of water) just enjoy the experience.Â After somehow finding our hotel we were ecstatic to find that there was air conditioning, I could not imagine having stayed for 3 days in 90 degrees without it.
Comparing hostel experiences and traveling tips with a bunch of young Europeans on a 6 hour train ride to Venice was the perfect start to our first adventure outside of Germany. Three Icelandic boys had us rolling with laughter as they described just how much stronger they found German beer than the watered down beer from back home.Â A young Croatian girl, also in our compartment, started grilling us about Snowden and was extremely upset about the whole situation.