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venice – tips and travel advice..

it rained this morning and it was chilly..but now the sun is here, bringing warmth to the day..alhamdulillah, rain or shine, there’s oxygen for us to breathe in..aside from the annoying noise coming from the construction site just in front of my flat, everything else is doing fine, i’Allah..boyfriend is down with a little fever but i get him under control..i’ve just fed him with some warm chicken porridge and hopefully he’ll get enough vitamin C from the fresh mangoes we bought yesterday..

let’s continue with my journal from the previous trip i had..well, we had..jack and i i mean 🙂 the first destination was venice..

if we managed to get into the first flight, we would have arrived in venice earlier that day..but unfortunately, we had to take the longer road..hence we arrived around 7 that evening..instead of arriving at the much cheaper airport (treviso) we arived at marco polo airport..

from marco polo airport we took water taxi to get to san marco – the heart of venice..the ticket was EUR15 per person one way but it’s advisable that you take the return ticket which will cost you EUR28..i did not take that ticket because i did not use the same airport to fly back home..it was a long 2-hour journey and the water taxi stopped at several stops..here’s another thing..water travel is expensive as the fare is EUR18 per person per day so if you plan for a longer stay in venice, do stay nearby san marco as you will be able to find bridges to cross and avoid using vaporetto..so the only vaporetto ticket you’d need after that is vaporetto line #2 as it will take you either to the car park, train station or the bus station..

here’s more on the guides to use vaporetto that’s very useful for pre-departure preparation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialsections/ricksteves/Getting-Around-Venice-by-Vaporetto.html

**the article is a bit out dated but it pretty much describes the vaporetto service perfectly well**

there are several halal kebab shops in venice but you have to explore a little to find them because most of them are not rightfully situated in san marco..we found one in san polo and we met a few fellow malaysians there 🙂

what else about venice..?oh, do check for the weather before going so you could bring appropriate clothes and enjoy that place despite the weather..

it was raining, and this was a photo when we were in the boat, overlooking the island as we were approaching it..the boat had to make ways to the passing speed boats and that made the journey much slower, other than having to stop at several stops before reaching the main stop..which happened to be the last stop (san marco)..
it was raining, and this was a photo when we were in the boat, overlooking the island as we were approaching it..the boat had to make ways to the passing speed boats and that made the journey much slower, other than having to stop at several stops before reaching the main stop..which happened to be the last stop (san marco)..
the canal as seen from one of the bridges..this is the bridge in front of the train station..and it's sunny!
the canal as seen from one of the bridges..this is the bridge in front of the train station..and it’s sunny!
the gondola ride is EUR80 per ride and that's the cheapest it can go..pair up with fellow travelers so you can split the cost..and that's also the way to talk about the trip and exchange some very useful information!
the gondola ride is EUR80 per ride and that’s the cheapest it can go..pair up with fellow travelers so you can split the cost..and that’s also the time to talk about the trip and exchange some very useful travel information!
it got a bit warm especially if you come from the cold UK and europe's temperature was such a blessing for you..if it gets windy, settle for cupped ice cream and not conned ice-cream..you don't want the wind to melt your ice cream and fly on some stranger's clothes..no, not during your short and highly anticipated holidays..
it got a bit warm especially if you come from the cold UK and europe’s temperature was such a blessing for you..if it gets windy, settle for cupped ice cream and not conned ice-cream..you don’t want the wind to melt your ice cream and fly on some stranger’s clothes..no, not during your short and highly anticipated holidays..

 

 

 

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pre-italy..

that trip to italy was supposed to be super economical..i was doing my assignment one night when an email notification attracted my attention..it was from one of the budget airlines promoting its 10pounds fare..so there i went, hurriedly making mr banker to decide if it could be a ‘go’ and fortunately enough for me, he gave me a very supportive green light..so hooray for that! 😀

well, let’s just say luck was not on our side on the day of departure, and we missed that flying machine that was supposed to take us to venice treviso..

it was a very fine morning that day..it wasn’t windy, it wasn’t too cold..a perfect, sunny spring..as we sat at the airport border control waiting to be cleared out, i saw jack restlessly flicking and tapping on his phone, trying to look for the cheapest next flight out..all his concerns and worries were clearly shown on his frown, on his sighs..i perfectly understood why he was bothered that bad..everything was pre-booked, and it was a trip he very much anticipated to have..

we got cleared out eventually..and by that time, i learned a very important lesson as a traveler..do book your taxi/shuttle to the airport at least 24hours before your departure..some countries like england and new zealand did have a 24-hour taxi service but they could not necessarily get to your place on time as you wished..especially when you’re calling them on odd hours such as 4 or 5 in the morning..because at those hours, they might take more than 30 minutes to arrive at your place, which could further delay your arrival at the airport..

so we had to spend so much more than we expected..especially when we had to take a train to birmingham airport and paid for new flight tickets..here’s another tips..if the train fare was ridiculously expensive online (especially when it’s a very last minute thing) do not buy it online or from the self-service machine..go to the counter, and ask them if they could give you the cheapest fare possible..they usually would break down the fare according to the main stops the train would be making..so instead of paying for a direct fare, you’d be paying for a series of journeys’ fare..you won’t be having transits or stops it’s just you’ll be given a discounted fare 🙂

so off we went, trying to reflect on our faults, and trying to swallow the painful truth that we’re spending on new tickets, and tried not to spoil the holiday mood..the train ride was long enough and calm enough that we managed to stay calm and contented..i slept some time off..letting the train attendant to do his job of selling coffee and snacks much easier for not having to attend to another customer..and said thank you half-awake to the ticket master who did the checking from time to time..

i leaned comfortably on jack’s worried and sad shoulder..trying to share some remaining peaceful state that i still owned..he hadn’t been around for months..rain or shine, sad or happy, i’d cherish the trip still..

this is during the train ride to birmingham airport..we kept ourselves entertained so we won't lose the holiday spirit..
this is during the train ride to birmingham airport..we kept ourselves entertained so we won’t lose the holiday spirit..
our new tickets that cost us nearly 200pounds..this is my first experience of missing a flight..i think i should put highly defined photos when i write for travel purposes..just like the other travel writers..
our new tickets that cost us nearly 200pounds..this is my first experience of missing a flight..i think i should put highly defined photos when i write for travel purposes..just like the other travel writers..
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post-mortem: of that general election..

i rarely have time for this blog lately..assignments are piling up, distractions are everywhere..i wonder where i left my dedication to this genre at..

a lot have been happening lately..husband is here with me now, bringing colors into my kitchen and lounge..dissertation is also on the line, waiting to be researched and written carefully..and two final assignments are waiting to be completed..

and not to forget, i’ve been traveling too, to a few places to get my head cleared..it’s been fun now that i travel with my life-time travel-mate whom i can bother with my bags and cameras, and my annoying and impulsive cravings for random food..

anyway, i’ve been inspired by several travel blogs and i think i would love to try making this blog into a travel blog..but i do have the tendencies to write beyond what a travel blog should contain..hahah..alright, we’ll see how i do, alright..

as for now, i’ll do some editing with my photos, and may be reflect on the result of the recent general election back in malaysia..?

well if you ask me a few years back i sure have no interest in politics but my involvement in linguistics has driven me to at least, observe on the patterns of political scenes and occurrences..what i can conclude from the campaigning processes up until the wrap up count of the votes last night, i can at least list down 3 critical observations..

1) campaigning by the national party are cowardly done because they hinder the opposition party from using the mainstream media..referring to the literal meaning of democracy, do you think this is how a clever and dignified campaigning should be..?

2) supporters from both parties have been showing endless support and to some extent, too much support that they jeopardize their humanity and intellect by cursing each other, harming each other and threatening one another..leaders shout wholeheartedly while campaigning as if if they don’t shout, the message cannot be conveyed, the voting spirit will not be triggered..dear malaysians, do you really think these are “what it takes” to win an election..?and really, do you think winning the election is the sole aim of all these campaigns..?

3) result wise, i can see that more malaysian chinese are voicing their presence by voting for DAP for their personal gains..however, the majority of malays are still scared to vote for PAS believing the nation will fall ill under PR’s governance without cleverly seeing how ill the country is now with the current governance..my fellow malays, educate yourself, use whatever means of media to educate yourself before getting scared unreasonably..

be clever malaysians..and congratulations BN..

i’ll see you in the next post..this might be one of the many obligatory post-election posts..