Our professor left one weekend completely open to give us a chance to explore the country on our own. Most of our group went to Portugal because it was only a couple of hours away but I wanted to be a little more adventurous. Three girls and myself planned a side trip to Venice and although planning it was stressful, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. First, we had to book a flight and a hotel and we needed it to be cheap. The flight was right around $100 round trip because the countries in Europe are so close together. We stayed at Hotel Centrale (http://centrale.hotelinvenice.com/) and it was only €40 per night. Overall, I spent less than $250 for a weekend in Venice.
We knew nothing about what to do there, so we just explored and it worked out great. The front desk clerk at our hotel spoke perfect English and showed us where the bus stop was located. Our hotel wasn’t on the actual island but it took us under 5 minutes to get there.
While there we went on a gondola ride… ($40 per person for 45 min.)
and of course ate pizza, several times.
Also, we visited the island of Murano, where they make Murano glass.
The trip was amazing but we did run into an issue at the end. We had to be back for class Monday morning but at the time, the bus systems in Spain were having strikes on the weekends, so we could only get a ride back to Salamanca on Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. However, to get from the airport to the bus station, we had to take the subway that closed from 3:00-5:00 a.m. In order not to miss our bus, we had to leave for the bus station at 3:00 a.m. and wait for the bus at the station. We ended up spending our morning in a little cafe in Madrid, then outside of the bus station in the cold.