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Report 1968: A Month in Venice

By BJinNM from New Mexico, Fall 2011

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Page 5 of 28: October 8, 2011 Boat to Nowhere

photo by BJ Firestone

Ukraine Biennale Exhibit

We just can't seem to get going in the mornings so about noon time we left the apartment with absolutely nothing in mind to do nor anywhere in particular to go. So we went to the hospital, the Ospedale, which is directly across from us. Actually we went there to use the ATM as it is the closest one to us, but decided since Alan has now visited the hospital, maybe we could write the trip off -- not!

We also had to see where Guido Brunetti spends so much time. We cut through the hospital, a very impressive old and new building, to get to the vaporetto stop called the Ospedale; coincidence, I think not! We then proceeded to catch the first vaporetto that appeared, not knowing nor caring where it went. It was the No. 51, and it went around the outside of Venice, past the cruise ship docks, San Marco, the Giardini, and onto the Lido which is an island where the beaches for Venice are. At the Lido stop we had to get off one vaporetto and onto another even though they had the same number. The new vaporetto continued on past S. Pietro di Castello, the Arsenale --and back to the Ospedale stop. Back through the Ospedale (do two visits to the hospital count for tax purposes?), and across our very own Piazza d. SS Giovani e Paolo for a gelato stop at Rosa Salva -- caffe gelato for me and mint chocolate for Alan. We went back to the apartment where we finally met our landlady, Sabrina and her family. After they left, Alan and I had leftover Harry Potter pizza, salad, and wine for dinner. Great day!

Yesterday when we were out and about and got to La Fenice we noticed that the Ukrainian Biennale exhibit was across the way. It was amazing with thousands and thousands of blown out and decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs put together into a Christ painting.

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