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Laine Rebecca

Chasing the Dreams: Chapter 12

My Erasmus Exchange Journey to Spain: Italian Escapade: Rome to Venice

After a bustling Biomimicry week filled with workshops and visitors from all corners of the globe, I carve out some time for my last remote work trip. The timing is perfect as my work at Biomimicry Granada takes a creative turn, delving into video editing for a Biomimicry 101 workshop, utilizing the footage captured during the intense Biomimicry week. The journey begins with a flight from Malaga to Rome, where I plan to spend a few days before embarking on a train journey to Venice.


A well-deserved day off in Rome is dedicated to exploring the iconic Colosseum, where history comes alive, and Rome blesses me with its beautiful fall weather. I wander through the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, marvel at the grandeur of the Pantheon, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to wish for some fortune.




Fueling my Italian adventure are hearty doses of pasta, pizza, and gelato. However, as much as I revel in the culinary delights of Italy, there's a subtle joy in returning to the local farmers' market upon my return to Granada, loading up on fresh vegetables to balance out the pasta and pizza overload. After a few days in Rome, the journey to Venice unfolds with a scenic 4-hour train ride through the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany. The train wifi works well, and I have plenty of time for a Teams meeting with my supervisor from the office.


Venice welcomes me with its calm canals, historic architecture, and the timeless beauty of St. Mark's Square. One memorable morning, I decide to rise early and witness the sunrise over Venice. The decision proves to be a stroke of luck, as the soft hues of dawn cast a magical glow on the city. A serene morning walk along the canals becomes a cherished memory.



A highlight of the Venetian adventure is a day trip to the beautiful island of Burano, known for its vibrant, multicolored buildings. The island offers a charming escape from the canals and bridges of Venice proper.


Venice itself proves to be a treasure trove of handmade glass, sourced from the neighboring island of Murano. I indulge in some Christmas shopping on my trip, picking up unique decorations for both loved ones and myself.