The Most Romantic City in the World: Perfect for Friends

The trip to Venice was definitely one of my favorite experiences from the trip. After the boat ride across the Adriatic, we were all eager to explore the new city and see what it is so famous for. Unfortunately, as the boat docked, a rainstorm began and by the time we were standing on land, it looked like the streets were slowing turning into canals. However, the team made the decision to have a positive mindset and to make the best of the day.

I split off from the big group with three of my friends, Noah, Wyatt, and Marty. We had a wonderful day exploring Venice and seeing what the city had to offer. Initially, we went to a wonderful pasta restaurant that had authentic Italian cuisine. After the delicious meal, we went to the Rialto Bridge and decided that it was necessary to invest in  a Gondola ride to truly experience Venice’s famous canals. This set the group back about 80 Euros, but it was well worth it in the end. Finally, we spent the rest of the day roaming around the city, voyaging up the bell tower, and popping into high end shopping stores.

On this one day excursion, it occurred to me that traveling his always enhanced when you are doing it with people that you enjoy. It is fun to have a variety of perspectives and to be able to have fun discussions about the various things that you see. Overall, Venice will be beautiful for anyone who visits; however, friends are a necessary packing essential.


Slovenia and My Expectations

cropped-slovenia.jpgSlovenia inherently holds thousands of opportunities for his visitors. For me, it holds the chance for me to visit Europe for the very first time. Because my traveling has been limited to just North and South America, it is difficult to imagine what the cultural and societal differences of this far away land. In the time our class has spent preparing and learning about the trip, several things caught my interest.

The portion of the trip that I’m most looking forward to is our visit to Lake Bled. Just a short trip north from Ljubljana, the lake has a picturesque view of the Alps as well as some forest area. On this portion of the trip, the group will be taking a tour of the Bled castle which sits upon the mountain top as well as embarking on a boat ride to the Bled island which lies in the middle of the lake.

I have also done a fair amount of research on Venice. The group will only be spending a portion of the day in Venice, but I think it will be a highlight of the trip nonetheless. We are taking a boat ride across the Adriatic from Slovenia to get over to Italy. Once we have arrived, we will spend the day going to St. Mark’s Cathedral and exploring the famous canals.

Coming in with very vague expectations, I know that Europe will absolutely exceed my prior anticipations. Our group is under good leadership and well prepared for a great learning experience. I will be posting throughout the trip to provide updates and other information about the trip.

–Jack Hane