Jul 4, 2011 0 Comments, Leave Comment
If any of you know me, i have a recent fascination with boat, water and nautical accessories. Thank goodness the fashion gods have indulged my fancy and given me number striped boatneck shirts, pants with anchor buttons and flowy boat dresses, and of course uber cute sperrys. What does this have to do with venice and my experiences here? Well, every day, in order to get to all of the action after class, i get to ride a boat. Specifically, vaparettos, the Venecian water buses that run relatively efficiently and frequently, even for italy. This is because i, as well as most of the other student in the program live in dorm on San Servolo, where Venice International University (VIU) is located. There are defeniately some pros (riding a boat every day being the biggest pro) and cons to living on the island, but for the most part it really is great.
Living on the Island:
The major upside of living on the island, is that i am living on an island and i get to tell people that. Also Since VIU is located on this island it is a VERY short walk to class in the morning and there is a cafe for breakfast or a snack between classes, which is nice. There is a cafeteria that i have not tried but i hear it is nice and you can get a full breakfast for 5 Euro. I personally like my croissant and cappuccino in the morning, but maybe one day i will get up a little extra early and indulge in what the cafeteria has to offer.
Also the dorms are relatively nice. They are clean, wired for internet and come with “air conditioning”(which i still do not believe, but the breeze when the windows are open does us well enough). They came with towels and linens and are cleaned every day by cleaning ladies (which is nice to have a clean floor when i come back from class, but they keep moving the garbage can and we can need find it).
Being away form the tourists is great too. I do not have to wade through mobs of people to get ‘home.’ I just have to deal with them in San Marco, get on the Vaparetto, enjoy a 10 minute boat ride, hop off and walk to my dorm.
There is no refrigerator. There is really no way to store food in our dorms. So for someone like me who like a lot of fruit and vegetables and cheese, i am pretty much out of luck. I really just want to chill a bottle of water so i can drink it later. A bunch of students and i would like to be able to purchase some fruit or cold cuts just to cut down on the cost of eating out every meal. Even the cheap sandwhiches at the cafe are starting to add up and it has only been a week.
We are away from the action. While this is not a big deal because Venice seems to close early, if us students want to go out we have to keep in mind that Vaparettos back to San Servolo stop at around 2am and they only come every hour before that. So if we ever get stuck out, we will be knocking on the student’s door who is living on the main part of venice. Also there used to be a Vaparetto to the Lido(an island with cars….crazy), but it no longer runs from San Servolo. I still have made the trip to the beach on the Lido, but it takes a lot longer than it used to because you now have to go in to San Marco, and then out to the Lido. The beach is still completely worth the journey.
So, overall, living on this island…not too shabby.