I have a new favorite city, I think. Vicenza. It was nice to see cars after the lovable-but-snail-paced vaporettos that make Venice a tourist destination (in addition to all the churchs, and stuff and that place called San Marco or something? Whatevs). This is Vicenza:
I started freaking out a little bit as soon as I got off the train at Vicenza, because what does this look like? I felt like I had been transported back into the good ole US of A — albeit not to the Best Coast. The historic statues, the trees… it felt just like the East Coast to me. The reason why I worked up the motivation to travel to Vicenza (it’s about two hours by train from Pordenone) was because Alessia told me about a chocolate fair there… A CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL! So yes, I took an equal amount of photos of the chocolate as of Vicenza. Nomz:
Vicenza is also famous for having a bunch of architecture designed by Palladio (as if this city needs anything besides the chocolate!). I liked what I saw.
Also on Saturday I rode a motorcycle! Elena has one. I kept saying “I’m living the dream I’m living the dream” to which she just laughed because apparently youngsters in Italy often have motorcycles…. I was mildly terrified the whole time, but we deal.
I also ate a lot of food (what else is new) because we went to two dinners with family friends in one weekend (freshman fifty…). I love those dinners. I get to try new food and speak Italian and learn that in Italy, people sometimes combine chocolate with liquor. Who knew. Tomorrow I’m going to Padova — ciao ciao!