Yes, yes, this was one of those quintessential tourist traps, but that didn’t make it any less amazing to watch. This art takes 15 years of training to master, and while taking a tour of the facility I noticed all the other glass blowers were passed out around the compound. I guess standing in front of a furnace for hours at a time will do that to you.
I think one of my favorite parts of traveling is the people you meet. It creates spontaneity and breaks me out of my shell. While we were in Italy we met a guy from the same town our mother lives in now, and we even have a mutual friend. There are times when the world doesn’t seem so large and intimidating. We also hung out with a group of Swedes, after a day or two of semi-awkward eye contact. They definitely made up for the weird, aggressive Swedes we met in Barcelona.