For Your Throbbing Heart- Venice, Italy
I have this weird fascination with certain places at night. Venice is one of those places.
It’s beautiful at night. The streets say goodnight to the hordes of tourists, children seem to run all over the place chasing each other and the best part? As you walk down the streets you can hear the sound of a restaurant blocks away – far before you will ever even see a glow from their windows. I will never forget the peace I felt just listening to dishes being cleaned & put away, chairs being moved about and the deep seated laughs of people sharing a meal far before I ever stumbled upon them. It was a weird and surreal feeling. It’s the kind of place where you understand that we are all really connected by a thread. Even though there’s a feeling of deep isolation in Venice, you also understand in some strange way that you are never really alone – at any moment you could be rounding the corner to meet a friend for drinks or to take your parents to dinner.
It’s almost because of this underlying beauty in Venice that the people don’t have to fake it. The word solitary makes sense here. Everyone that appears to be together also appears to be apart. I like it.