Today was a fairly busy day with a bus ride from Salzburg to Venice, a ferry ride from the Venice mainland to the island, a walk, a short amount of free time in the afternoon, dinner, and some more free time after dinner.
The bus ride started at 7.45, which meant an early start was needed. We saw some beautiful views from the bus, such as the Alps and some nice country side. It was still quite cold and it drizzled most of the way to Venice.
After the long bus ride, we arrived at the ferry wharf in the early afternoon, where we left the bus and took a short ferry ride to our hotel for the next two nights, the Hotel Iris. We left our bags in the hotel rooms and it was quickly discovered that some of the rooms had not been prepared properly. We then walked to some shops where we were given about one hour to get a late lunch. Nearly every boy got pizza. After lunch we took a short walk around the islands to get a gist of the place and see some of the nice views and landmarks such as the St Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza san Marco, which was amazing but also packed full of tourists.
Dinner was in a different part of Venice to where we had lunch. It was in a restaurant next to the Grand Canal in a busy part of town. Most boys were not impressed by dinner. After dinner we were again given about one hour of free time to explore this new part of Venice; visiting shops, buying ice cream and even just walking around. We then returned to the hotel between 9.30 and 10. I remember being one of about fifteen boys all crammed into the lobby trying to use the Wi-Fi as it didn’t work in our rooms.
All in all, our first day in Venice will be one to remember.