So…Venice look out. Here I come! I have dreamed of visiting Venice for as long as I can remember. I always used to think that a city with water for streets would be the coolest city on the Earth. But I also really love preparing for a big trip. You just sit at home and check over your paper work ten million times. You print out your Ryanair boarding passes and try to find the best way to get from the airport to your hostel once you get there. You check online to make sure that your cell phone company is not going to charge you extreme amounts of money to use your cell phone in a foreign country. You print out the confirmations for your hostels and then realize that your printer is just as bad as your roommate is always complaining about. Then there is the packing.
After travelling through Europe so much, I find that packing takes approximately 20 minutes. I know exactly how much clothes I need to take and all of the toiletry items that I need to take. In fact, most of my toiletries were still in the ziploc bag that I used the last time I went flying the world. I just had to refill my shampoo and conditioner and add my toothpaste and deodorant. The hardest part (for me) is trying to decide which electronic items I should bring. This time I am bringing my Kindle (travelling is MURDER without it), my Smartphone (which is going to double as a camera this time. We’ll see how that goes), and my netbook (because I am totally planning on blogging it up…and I much prefer to do so on a real computer as opposed to a smartphone). In any case, my suitcase is now packed and ready! :
I love my suitcase! It is the standard size for a carry-on suitcase on any of the really cheap European airlines. And it has been everywhere with me! I bought it at Primark last year when I was in Central London and carried it throughout the city with me (so it has had a good look at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Thames). It got me through Rome, Athens, and Berlin. Two weeks ago it took a little weekend trip down to Nekarzimmer with me. And today it is going to Venice! I hope to find a really cool sticker or something that I can put on it. I think it would be really cool if I could decorate my suitcase with things from all of the different places that I have been.
In any case, I need to get prepared mentally for my long trip! The flight itself is only a couple of hours, but the travel to and from the airport is the irritating part. I have to leave Duesseldorf Hauptbahnhof at 3:15 in order to catch a flight at 7:40. So I have about 4 hours of down time to kill before my plane even takes off the ground. Then it will probably be about 3 hours before I actually arrive at my hostel. Luckily, I have my Venice book! I am going to be reading “Daughter of Venice” by Donna Jo Napoli. I already have it downloaded on my Kindle! I have 210 books on my Kindle right now as well as 156 that are only a download away! So hopefully I won’t even notice the 7 hours. I got through my 9 hour trip from Düsseldorf to London by reading “Robots and Empire” by Isaac Asimov. And that was one of the craziest trips I have ever been on. The flight itself was only an hour. And “As You Like It” got me through waiting for my doctors appointment for two hours last Sunday.
But in any case, I most likely should go eat a couple of Bratwurst to get up strength for the journey (and they need to get eaten because they have been sitting in the fridge for too long). I have to leave here in about an hour in order to get to the Hauptbahnhof in time. If I have enough energy after I arrive in Venice and if there is WiFi at my hostel, I will try blog about my trip then. But in any case, keep coming back! I intend to blog every day about the cool stuff I see and the adventures that I have while I learn my way around Venice!!!