05.05.2006 28 °C
From the Venice train station we took a train to Pisa. So again we arrived really late and had no place to stay but this time it was about 11pm. We left the train station and header for all hotel signs and there were plenty!! Every single one was full we had a couple with the same dilema as us except for they had a car so we would race of to a spot and the guy would jump out of the car and try and beat us to the desk, its ok I always got there first, to be turned away. So we walked for a long time through the city and crossed over the bridge into a different part of town thankfully. Around the station there were lots of drunks trying to talk to us. I think we just have this look that attracts old drunken bums because they really seem to like coming up to us and speaking some sort of language. We followed a group of signs that pointed in one direction for hotels. We have a little system that we follow the more hotels with less stars we follown that way. So these signs had a few two star hotels and a one star, yes!!!! Thats a jackpot for us so we headed straight there and went right in. We rang the bell at the desk and heard a load grunt from upstairs, unfortuanlty we still arent familiar with that langugae so we waited and heard another grunt and saw an old man motion for us to come upstairs. This was probably the worst communication we have had with anyone on our trip because this was our spur of the moment trip to Italy so we had no phrase books and he was quite old and knew no english. We finally figured out the price which was quite good considering this was definitly the creepiest place ever!! It was a very large old, old house with huge metayls doors and smelled of cat pee in some areas. Our room was two tiny rooms cold and old but we knew this was our best option. That night went out to the square which was packed to the max with people. This is a university town so everyone was out. The next moring we decided to sleep in a little bit because all we wanted to see was the leaning tower. So at ten Josh went to the train station and bought some tickets for our next destination. Around quater after someone was banging on the door, I assumed it was the old mans son. Anyways he asked what time we were leaving and I said oh probably noon because I wanted to sleep in and he got mad and said check out is at ten, I will give you till 10:30. Apparently we still are learning the mumble grunt language and did not understand the man properly the night before. So i was kind of screwed because to close the door you have to look it so I told Josh to take the key so I had no way to get out of the room until he got back. End of story we made it on time almost. So we had to do the tourist thing and made our way through the beautiful streets until we got to the leaning tower. It really is a sight worth seeing. Once you see it in real life it is crazy how much it is leaning.
They are continually doing work on the tower yet it just looks so funny. Our pictures do not do it full justice but they are fun to look at!It was soo busy so we did not make it up to the top but it was good to see and I got some great souvineers. Once we were hear we started to notice more buildings that look like they are leaning. That was all we were here for so we went to the train station did the waiting game for a couple hours and the headed to our most anticipated stop in Italy... ROME!!!