happy house

Burano. I have never heard of this place until that day when we were in Venice and tried to find out of the things to do in venice and its surrounding. There’s nothing really special from this tiny island besides its colorfulness! “The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot.” (Wikipedia) and some of the legends say that the houses were painted in different colors originally to allow the fishermen to recognize their houses from afar when they are out at sea. Cool, isn’t it?! :)

The island is really small that you can cover every corner within 1 or 2 hours. It was quite funny to see how the inhabitants are no longer affected by tourist who freely and frequently walk past their houses, sometimes being nosy trying to peek inside or watch them. As we were exploring the island, we saw many people were doing their household chores, and they didn’t look up anymore even when they knew that we (tourists) were there, as if we are already a part of their lives. I’m not sure if I would ever be comfortable having tourists or strangers strolling by every now and then in front of my house…

It is like a small, colorful version of venice :) divided by many narrow canals filled with boats. Once we sat by the canal trying to enjoy the scenery, we were surprised by the appearance of an old woman coming out of her house with a big cooking pot, and threw away some kind of black water (or whatever it is) into the canal and calmly walked back into the house as if nothing just happened. and it happened not just once! she kept going in and back out with something new to be thrown into the canal… sigh… how could she do that? and what would happen if everyone does the same thing?

using my shades as filter :D

anyway, coming back from this happy island to venice, i suddenly found venice to be very dull colored! :D


sneak peek into the parliament

Thanks to the international student office from Mannheim Uni for organizing the visit to EU parliament in Strasbourg. So glad that we got to join the tour around the building and went inside one of the meeting rooms and the big chamber :)

On another note, I just read some friends’ blogs and envy so much how they could describe things aptly effortlessly (and not with big words, but instead with the right, simple words). I wish I could describe all the things I want to share as well as they do, but I realize I can do it a lot better through pictures :) anyway pictures tell a thousand words, dont they? ;) und jetzt los…

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