Wow! Study abroad 2010 is officially over! Last night, we all gathered in the hotel lobby and said our goodbyes since most of the group left early, early this morning to get back to Utah. It was strange not meeting up with everyone this morning! (A side effect from being with the same people for a month!)
Venice has been a wonderful end to our trip! It's amazing how while you know this is a city based on canals and water, you still find wonder in seeing the foundations with water surrounding them... or in watching an ambulence not on the streets, but in speed boat fashion making its way through the canal while the water waves furiously. There's really no capturing the unique sensation of seeing Venice, but here are some pictures (which I know is why you come to this little blog anyway!):
I couldn't help but take this picture! My thoughts went straight to my family's three lhasos and how excited they get over car rides... now put them in Venice. I can just picture it. "Cooper... Cooper, do you want to go on a boatride?"
The only problem is he wouldn't be able to fight for the spot on the driver's lap.
I remember in Art History last fall how my professor talked about the art of Venice and how they weren't under the same kind of rules and restrictions of those cities that used the Pope as a civic leader, as well as spiritual. Venice would be the get away spot for revelry and fun. I raised my hand and asked "So basically you're saying that Venice is the Las Vegas of the Renaissance? What happens in Venice stays in Venice?"
She agreed with a laugh. Keeping this in mind made me feel much more at home! The artwork was very different and St. Mark's is absolutely beautiful!