Back in April I took a 10 day trip to Italy. It was my first time traveling abroad by myself, and also my first time visiting Italy. My first stop was Venice. After taking a train from Rome (where a British woman asked me why I didn’t have any friends to travel with, and warned me to trust no one…quite the solo traveler greeting) I arrived in Venice as the sun was setting. I checked into my hotel and immediately ran to San Marcos square. Pigeons and all, I found it breathtaking. I was so excited to have successfully made it to Venice by myself, a bit jet lagged, and completely in love with the beauty of the square. I woke up at dawn the two days I was there to walk through the squares and streets with hardly anyone around. I loved watching the city wake up. Though Venice is quite touristy, I found it hard to resist its charms; the canals, pale pink houses, store-front wine bars, cobblestone streets, and gothic architecture. I’m so grateful I was able to visit this floating city and I hope to be back soon.