Just arrived in Rotterdam. Despite the slight drizzle, the city has already been amazing. Super clean, friendly, modern and (relatively) cheap. Especially after coming from Paris.
It’s going to take me a while to catch up to all of the stuff we’ve been doing on this trip, but here’s a bit from what we did in Venice at the very beginning.
Part of our trip involved going to the Venice Biennale for architecture, which they host every other year. Pavilions from various countries display work/theory/ideas from recent years. There was a lot of interesting stuff. Our favorites were the exhibitions from Holland, Denmark, and Australia. Here are some pics from Venice:
View from our apartment’s front door:
Funny book from the bookstore:
One of the cafes. Kind of makes your head want to explode:
Models from the Denmark Pavilion:
From the Russian Pavilion:
From the Campenile and San Marco:
Some more stuff from the Biennale:
… is a rockstar.
This was just a little sampling of everything we crammed into our 3 days in Venice. It’s a pretty small place, but we managed to pack a lot in. We will be hopping around cities much faster now, so the opportunity to post will be almost non-existent until we get back in about a week.
Just for everybody who has been concerned: We didn’t really have any problems with the strikes or demonstrations in Paris while we were there. Olivier, our visiting professor and native Parisian, took us around during the week and helped us avoid all that stuff. The only thing that affected us were the slower trains and metros. Not to worry.