My Favourite Italian City: Liquid Dreams

It's early, I've woken up to a surprisingly silent city with my best childhood friend, she is heading home to Canada. I have signed up for a 3 hour walking tour of the city but due to my train, I'm not sure if I can do it. The train ticket is so cheap, I'm going to stay and go on the tour. First, I need to get E to the bus so she can get to the airport. Like I said, it's early, it's silent and I'm surprised because there is not a soul in sight! This is the best time to explore a city, when the sun is coming up. In Italy, anyway, because Italians aren't very early risers (or at least not in this city). This is the second city E and I have connected in during our time in Italy. Before being here, we spent a weekend in Rome at a hostel during one of the hottest weekends of the summer 2014. I had my period, it was hot, we were staying in a hostel, money was stolen from me...not a positive experience I would have to say. (My opinion about Rome has transformed since then, it really helps when you know people who can show you around their home!) I take E to the bus, we walk slowly, taking in the sights together once more before she departs to Canada, I will miss having a buddy with me on this journey. E leaves and I get teary eyed, I full out cry because now I am completely alone in a new city and literally no one is around, just the rising sun and I.
I decide to stay because YOLO and whatnot, who knows when I'll ever be back here again! Plus, tomorrow is my 23rd birthday and what better way to celebrate than being here! This time last year I was gearing up to climb a mountain in Jasper, AB on my 22nd birthday. My how things can change in a year. 
We had been staying in a hostel, once again, so I headed back to get ready for the day and the walking tour. Now that E was gone, I was sharing a big room with just men, kind of a odd feeling. I guess this is the adventure of staying in hostels. I ate some breakfast, packed up my bag and got ready for our walking tour, no way was I missing this! There was a small group, 4 of us and the tour guide (who wasn't very knowledgeable if I'm being honest), 2 young English women and an 18 year old boy from the US. We meandered through the cobble stone streets and markets, by the water and into a couple of extravagant churches (this is Italy after all). Thousands of pictures and steps later, we arrived back at the hostel. I now felt I had a good grasp of the city. I had no dinner plans, I connected with a couple of guys at the hostel and we had an awkward and mediocre meal together, perfect.
It’s the morning of my 23rd birthday! Amazing how time flies and things change. Here I am in this magical city celebrating my birthday, but I am alone. I proceed to the breakfast nook when I plunk myself down next to a beautiful Brit and we get chatting. I mention that I’m leaving today and it just so happens to be my birthday. No, she says, you’re not going unless you have somewhere important to be. I didn’t. We’ll spend the day together, she says. A new friend, this is something I have always loved about travel!
We head out into the fresh new day and we wander to our hearts’ content. The city was pulsing, it was the middle of the summer in an extremely popular tourist destination! We wound up at the hostel to rest up for the evening and we met two Scottish guys who we invited along on our adventure. We set out once again with a new group and had some major fun in the sun. This city literally floated. I guess I should probably tell you the name of this magical city, the locals call in Venezia. To celebrate, we all divided the cost of taking a gondola ride. It was a magical experience, enhanced by some good wine and laughter. The water was choppy but we didn’t care!
I haven’t returned to Venice since, but for a week after my visit, all I could dream about was water and the twisting/narrow streets.

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Italy is such a breathtaking country, it's hard to choose my top, number one destination. I chose Venice for this post because of some really beautiful memories and it's a classic. That being said, the city I live in, Chieti, is just as beautiful and unique and when you live in a place day to day, you're really immersed in the life and you see all aspects. I've been so fortunate to travel around (not extensively, but a fair amount) this country and there hasn't been any place that I dislike!





This blog is part of a link up, #DolceVitaBloggers is a monthly link up to ignite and explore your love for Italy and it is brought to you by these lovely ladies: Kelly italianatheart.com, Jasmine questadolcevita.com and Kristie mammaprada.com!


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  1. Sounds like you had an awesome birthday and last day in Venice. Great memories Lauren. :)

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    1. It was a birthday that will go down in my personal history, that's for sure! Thank you!

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  2. Oooo Lauren, loving the look of the blog! Haha, I almost want to say "love what you've done with the place"! Also loved the format that you wrote this in, as you know, I love a bit of creative writing and so I really enjoyed how this was not a typical "my favourite city is..." post. Very entertaining to read and I can't imagine having my 23rd birthday in a place like Venice!

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! I have to admit that I didn't really through my heart into this entry. I want to try and broaden my horizon in my writing style, I just need to really do it and get into a rhythm!

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  3. What a fantastic city to turn 23 in -- or any age, I suppose. Love your writing style!
    -Alison

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  4. This sounds like such an amazing adventure and in Venice of all places!! We've only been once but we didn't get to explore too much, we'd love to go again! Lovely post! :)

    Lucy and Kelly
    www.theblossomtwins.com

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    1. Thank you ladies, personally I feel the need to get back there! Once was not enough and my partner hasn't been yet, which blows my mind!

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  5. Love making hostel friends! So glad you made some friends to celebrate your birthday with in Venice!!!

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    1. It's a great feeling! The birthday Gods were definitely smiling down on me and provided me with some great people to celebrate with!

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  6. This was such a great read. I feel like I came on your journey with you. What an incredible memory to have I don't think you will ever forget that experience. It's funny as well how sometimes when we think things are going be tough we surprise ourselves and have one of our most amazing experiences. Kristie - Mammaprada xx

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    1. Thanks Kristie! If I've learned anything from coming over here, it's just that, that I set myself up for failure so many times and was pleasantly surprised by what this place has to offer me in terms of adventure! If I hadn't come over here, I wouldn't be writing this comment right now!

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  7. A gondola ride is something I've actually never done here, sounds fantastic with wine! What a great place to celebrate a birthday :)

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  8. Traveling on your own opens up so many cool opportunities. I'm glad you made an awesome friend on your bday :) -- Sarah @postcardacademy

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