Saturday, July 30, 2011

Venice and Split and holy cow are we really only just starting?

Oy. So much to cover in a blog entry the trip so far.

First of all, I feel like I've been here forever, and we've only been to two locations: Venice, Italy (3 days), and Split, Croatia (today). We were looking at all the other places we're visiting and WOAH, this trip is nowhere close to finished. Nine days left. THERE ARE STILL NINE DAYS OF THIS.

Which is awesome. Because, EUROPE. Our days are spent photographing beautiful places and then filming a really incredible pastor when he speaks at night. So, not a bad gig. It is hard work, no doubt, but certainly not awful.

Venice was everything you would think Venice would be. Super-touristy in the touristy parts, but crazy beautiful and quiet in the non-touristy parts. We got ourselves lost yesterday on our way back to the ship and ended up walking around some residential areas along the canals, window boxes full of lovely flowers everywhere, clothes and sheets hanging on the lines, and gorgeous architecture everywhere. It's hard to believe you're really there and no photo really captures its beauty, which is actually a good thing because there's no chance I'll be able to upload ANY photos with the internet the way it is on the ship. Yikes.

Another thing photos don't capture? Smells. Oh man, the bakeries. We literally stopped and smelled a bakery for several minutes at one point. Wow. And GELATTO. Let us all take a moment and discuss how ridiculous real Italian gellato is. And if you've never had it, know this: it is ridiculous.

Today we were on to Split, Croatia, home of Emperor Somethingorother who is best-known for massacring every Christian he could find. Hooray, history! What made me laugh here was that inside the palace courtyard, a group of actors comes out, playing the Emperor and Queen and some fancy guards, and they make a big announcement all theatrical-like, and then all the tourists cheered. Yaaaay, Emperor Somethingorother! Way to massacre us all!

Anyway, I don't have the energy or the time to type all kinds of witty stories about stuff we did, especially since my boss is trying to sleep in this room and it's, oh, almost 2 a.m., so I'm guessing I'm not really her favorite person right now, but the Cliff Notes version?

Europe rocks. And oh man, this is going to be a long trip.
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