Planes, Trains and Vaporettos

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April 6 2011

As I’m sitting in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, I am trying to figure out the timing and logistics of getting to Venice and getting checked in by the deadline tonight of 11:30. I have reservations at the Istituto Canossiano, one of the convent/monasteries that I have reserved.

I spoke in Italian and English to a wonderful Italian woman, and I asked her advice regarding taking the autobus or train to Milan’ s Centrale train station from Malpensa airport. During our conversation I learned we are arriving in Milan at rush hour, 5 pm, and the bus is best, although it takes an hour. Apparently the train goes to a different train station.

I already know that the latest train I can take from Milan to Venice is the 8 pm, or I will not make it in time. Once this travel day ends, and I am in Venice in my room, I will start to relax and really begin to enjoy Italy.

I know from previous experience that the travel day is always long and seems like a lot of work, but it will be so worth it! I already love listening to the sounds of the Italian language as I was waiting for my flight with native Italianos. I also truly enjoyed being able to understand much of what I was hearing, thanks to my wonderful Italian teacher, Lori.

5:30pm I made it in time to buy a train ticket on the direct train from the airport. Cost 7 Euros. The woman who told me that there were no direct trains found me at the baggage carousel and told me that I knew more than she did, pointing to a sign listing the time I had previously researched on my iPad. I guess I know more than I think.

Another Italian woman came up to me at the baggage carousel, inquiring if this was d’Amsterdam? (from Amsterdam). I understood and answered in Italian! I am loving this!

It is warm here…someone said 25 degrees, which is 77F. I am not tired yet, so that’ s a good thing.

7:05 pm I am on the train to Venice! I just made it! Expected arrival time is 9:40, then it’s a walk to the vaporetto station and buy a pass and take the vaporetto to the closest stop of my accommodations and then walk there and check in. By then, my guess is I will be tired.

At 11pm I arrived at Istituto Canossiano, a convent, which now is a guesthouse for tourists and also living quarters for students of the Canossiano Institute. Two wonderfully welcoming nuns and a young college-aged man were here to greet me, and I was so happy to see them after my 30 hours of travel, including 3 planes, 3 trains and a boat, not to mention the walking.

This place is so peaceful and quiet and has beautiful gardens and a courtyard. The directions I had from the vaporetto were perfetto and the ambience was lovely walking these side streets of Venice and stil seeing people strolling the  streets, happy! I am going to get some sleep now.

Now I am in Venice enjoying the atmosphere and speaking Italian to everybody! Tutto bene!

4 Responses

  1. Bonnie D

    If you had to come home right now you would have still had a wonderful time! Carry on!

  2. Donna Musser

    Sleep well tonight!

  3. Tamela Robinson

    Fun! Fun! Fun! This is super, play by play, hour by hour…I will be using the Milano airport to train information., thank you. Boris and I did this Feb. 2009; I think we took the bus, but honestly I can’t remember a thing.
    Wish I were with you now; that convent sounds fantastic.

  4. Go Margieeeee Go! 🙂 🙂 🙂 So happy for you to hear of your adventures…. Wandering around the small streets of Venice so far is one of the best memories of my life… enjoy! 🙂 and eat lots of gelato! Much love…. & pizelliez!

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