Today was another travel day. Yay!
We slept in a little, was fed another yummy breakfast (even the cereal here is better!), packed up, and said a sad goodbye. We took the train first to Zurich, then a long one to Verona, Italy. The scenery during the trip was unbelievable! Too bad Nina can't stay awake on trains, because she missed most of it, but occasionally I would poke her and she would open one eye, look, and go back to sleep. We first went through the Swiss Alps with the steep valleys and cute little towns. We went past Lake Como, in the Italian Alps where George Clooney has a house and I decided to return there one day and find him. Then we began to enter Tuscany, with the green hills full of vineyards.
We got to the station in Verona still in the daylight and found the right bus right away. Things were going great. We hoped on the bus and waited for our stop... and waited... and waited... until we were quite a ways out of the city in residential and industrial areas. I finally asked the bus driver who told us that it was coming up, only 3 more stops. When we were finally about 15 minutes outside the city limits, he waved me down. We found the hotel, in the middle of the industrial area of town, and went inside. We noticed after a few minutes that the owner was having difficulty checking us it, and we came to the conclusion a few minutes later that he was drunk (this was 5pm). Oh well. We did get the bus schedule from him (the only way into the city) and quickly realized that there was only 1 bus left for the night. So... we are in the middle of nowhere, with no transportation, no food, no restaurants around, and 1 last bus leaving in 10min. Ok, run! We dropped our stuff and ran out to catch the bus, not quite sure how we would ever get back.
We made it into the old part of Verona, with is soo beautiful. There is a big square with an old Arena and outdoor cafes everywhere. We wandered into the small streets behind (where restaurants in our price range are) and found a cute place to eat. Tonight we discovered something new... marscapone cheese on pizza... amazing! We are definitely bringing that one back. We were able to find a taxi back to our hotel for only 12 euro (hooray, we're not stuck!) and made our way back to crash, but only after watching Guiness Book of World Records, Italian style. Nothing quite like watching people do stupid things to make you feel good!