The first half day was lovely weather, despite being literally on the water. American Mike and I walked from our hostel, located very conveniently over a bridge from the train station. Not so conveniently, it had lots of stairs.
At this point, following our stint at the Opera, I lost American Mike to the bars. The next day he and his hangover went back to Milan.
I didn’t miss out on the gondolas because I spent half my time on the vaporetto.. a water bus! Very effective and, because it cost me €18 to get a 24 hour pass (as if), I was on that thing all the time. Lots of fun, good pictures and videos, and you get to see all the lovely architecture that lines the canal.