From Kristen Pontz:
Yesterday I longed for more time in Hungary. It is a beautiful country, and I wished that we could have more time to serve Word of Life and encourage them in the ministry they have there. I thought that a longer stay there would be better than a trip to Venice. I now realize I was wrong. Venice is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and perhaps it will remain so until I leave this earth. I’m so thankful that we were able to spend our time here today. Exploring the city, shopping, and eating great food ensured a wonderful time of cultural experience, and growing in relationships with our classmates and teachers.
One thing that I have learned through this trip is that God is the only one who knows what is best for us, no matter what we may think we know. I have been taught this before, but I never experienced it quite the way I did this week.
From Dawson Bert:
Today we went to Venice. Going to Italy has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. The day started off with a fresh pastry from the local grocery store. We then made our way to the train, which we rode into Venice. When we got into the city, we rode the water taxi to Murano. We got to watch a master craftsmen create beautiful pieces of glass and then had the opportunity to purchase some of the pieces. Our next destination was a highly recommended pizza place in which we all had true Italian pizza.
When we went back to the main part of the island we got to explore the city starting at San Marcos Square where we had gelato…multiple times. Exploring and taking pictures of the city was one of the highlights of my trips. Venice is one of the most unique and glamorous places in the world and I am truly grateful for the opportunity we had today. We ended the day by eating an authentic Italian dinner and taking our closing water bus trip back to the train. Overall it was an indescribable experience that I will remember forever.