Thursday morning we left Rome by train and headed, along with 10 students, for a long weekend in lovely Venice where we stayed in a very hip hostel. It was a whirlwind three days! We spent one full, loooonnnngggg day at the Venice Biennale – ten solid hours of contemporary art, some amazing, some not so amazing. Then, of course, there were the pigeons in Piazza San Marco and an amazing gondola ride, a boat ride out to Murano where we bumped into Michelle Obama and the first daughters, an insanely over-priced but totally worth it Aperol Spritz at a cafe in Piazza San Marco while a live quartet played and the kids chased pigeons (they love those pigeons!) Both kids declared Venice their favorite city yet. I think I agree. I could definitely get used to this life!