Sunday morning, I woke early to check out of my hostel & whilst packing up, I met my new roommate, Jessica, an American student, studying in Marseille. We chatted about life in France, my date with Italian Beard & my plans to leave Venice. I was kind of sad that I should meet her, just as I was leaving, but, unfortunately, this is the life when you're traveling. Everyone is just passing by.
Having wasted my one full day in Venice, marching at great speed towards empty destinations, I wanted to make sure I at least saw the Guggenheim before I departed. Unfortunately, me being me, despite wanting to evacuate the island pronto & catch the train to Verona early, I felt guilty about abandoning IB & so ended up messaging him, to see if he still wanted to go.
Leaving my bags at the hostel, I hopped on the vaporetto for Accademia, only for it to turn out to be going in the wrong direction. Thus, instead of two stops, I had to endure about seven & was sat on the bloody thing for an hour. You'd think I'd have got the hang of this by now. Clearly not.
Locating IB, we headed off for the Guggenheim, paid the €12 entry fee each & dumped our bags at the bag check. I'm no expert when it comes to art, but I do have a fondness & a keen appreciation. IB being an art student however, made him my tour guide through the entire building. I started to appreciate art less after that.
Gawping at the works by my favourite artist Pollock, eying up some prints by Warhol & getting lost in the surrealism of Dalí & eventually ending up at my most favourite of places, the gift store! Made sure to buy a postcard or two, one to send, one to keep as a souvenir. There's something about the glorious, overpriced tat of a gift store, that makes me overwhelmed with glee.
Leaving the Guggenheim behind, we strolled off to another museum, which for €15 entry, I decided I'd had enough of art for the day & so, left IB to it & went off to snap photos. Meeting up with him an hour or so later, we finally made it into the St Maria of Salute Basilica for a look around. Nothing to write home about, but at least it was free entry.
Finally the time came to depart Venice & thinking IB was going to come with me to my hostel to collect my things, before heading to the station, I was surprised when he essentially dumped me at the vaporetto stop, in order to walk to there, alone. An awkward goodbye & he was off. Ciao, thanks for...well, not much really.
Solemnly heading off to my hostel, I sat in the lobby, attempting to charge my dead phone & decide what on earth I was doing. After a message or two to Miss Charlotte, I finally gave up on the idea of going anywhere for the day & checked back into my hostel. I don't know what it is about me & decision making, but I get myself in such a twist, I really do. You should see me try to decide between lunch options!
Ending up back in the same room, even in the same bed, I was happy to see Jessica again & the two of us went off on the vaporetto, once again, to San Marco. We spent the evening getting to know each other, chatting & swapping stories. Mine seem to mostly revolve around men, which is somewhat worrying. 'There's always a guy!' There is though, there really always is. Just a shame I can't seem to find the right one!