In the summer of 2015, my family and I took a trip to the beautiful country of Italy! In Venice, one of the first things we did was go on a gondola ride. We went onto this skinny little boat with this very kind man who was standing in the back and paddling us through the city. We went through a lot of narrow spaces between buildings. If you looked to your sides, you would see just a door leading to the inside of a home or building. No walkway or anything. During the ride, we played Italian music and took pictures – a lot of pictures! I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful experience and I would go back any day!
Venice was really interesting because it was nothing like I had seen before. Boats are basically the only transportation (other than walking through very small spaces between buildings). People would meet up at these little squares between their buildings, where kids would play games and have fun with each other. Almost all of the restaurants are family owned and are really friendly, especially because we didn’t speak Italian. We would usually just point to something on the menu and were really lucky if they knew how to speak English!
One of the things I love the most about traveling is getting to see how other people live and spending a day in their shoes. I always feel like I’m living in a little bubble where everyone is basically doing the same things everyday. Going out of your comfort zone and exploring different ways of life is remarkable experience.
Where was a place that you traveled that was very different from where you live now? Let me know!