Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Our adventure to Stake Conference!!!
We woke up at 5:30am to get ready and hop on a bus that would take us to the Bologna train station. It was FREEZING!!! We jumped on our train for a 2 hour ride that would take us to Mestre, a city only 10 min. outside of Venice. Taryn slept half the time and the other half she spent playing and making faces at the Russian ladies sitting next to us. She found their "People" magazine to be very interesting. Luckily, they didn't mind her grabbing the pages and pointing to everything brightly colored- actually, they were encouraging it while we were feeling bad and trying to stop it!
At the train station the Elders Quorum president picked us up and we drove about 5 min to the hotel where they had rented out a conference room because there isn't a building big enough in Italy to house all the members they expected. Without the Elders Quorum president and all his hard work and research, we wouldn't have been able to make it this far to conference! He even brought a car seat for Taryn (unlike Thailand, it's required that babies are in car seats)!
We enjoyed conference and then we ate lunch at this beautiful park just behind the hotel. It was awesome to see church members scattered all over the grass with blankets and food. We really enjoyed the day and we were completely exhausted!
Fun trivia- this park is the largest lagoon park in Europe.