Venice is a labyrinth. My guide book is heavy, and I've decided I can live without knowing the architect behind every bridge in Venice. As for my phone, three weeks here and I still haven't worked out how to use it abroad.
Thing is, nothing goes to plan here so you may as well embrace it. I'm letting go, getting lost and trying to appreciate the art, beautiful churches and local sights without pretending to be interested in Renaissance art.
The Plan: Go for a jog, try not to get too lost
What actually happened: I didn't get lost but only because I followed the coastIine by Fondamenta Nové, so I had my left side to the water for most of the run. Stumbled upon a massive church near my flat that I hadn't known existed, discovered some cute cafes and bakeries that I've since eaten at, and was met with this beautiful view!
What actually happened: I did see the glass museum, but I also had a sit down and drew some bridges, found a church with amazing Murano glass chandeliers, and bought myself some glass earrings!
What actually happened: Stumbled across an amazing Beatles cover band, ended up dancing and singing in the street with people in full Carnevale dress.
What actually happened: I took the wrong vaporetto (water-bus), but enjoyed a stunning boat-trip along most of the Grand Canal on a peak Carneval day, which meant that there were gondolas and boats everywhere! I did eventually make it to Giudecca.
What actually happened: I spent a lot longer than I thought I would on Giudecca (an island just south of the main Venice island), because it was so much calmer than the madness of central Venice during Carnevale.