So, the last part was about the eventful start to our Italy trip that you can read here.
Our Day 2 was to be at Venice so we started early from our accommodation at Milan, took the first metro (literally) to the central station to catch our train to Venice.
We had booked our tickets online way in advance and got a cheap deal that offered us a first class travel, so S was quite excited about it. Our tickets were booked such that we take the 1st train from station A to station B. catch another train in the 10 minute transit time, that would take us to Venice. What we didn’t know was that the second train was going to go back to station A before changing it’s direction to Venice. Some logic these online portals have in assigning such tickets.
We reached the station well ahead of departure time and boarded our first train. Happened so, that our train was delayed. We tried asking the station masters if we could take the train on the other side of the same platform that was leaving earlier than ours, since we had to catch the connecting train. They spoke only Italian and it sounded as good as Latin to us. We had just then heard from our friends who had done an Italy trip a month before us, about how they’re very strict in the Italian transport and there’s a chance of being levied with a hefty fine. So we didn’t risk it and remained on the correct train. Our train happened to be exactly 9 minutes late. We had just about a minute to rush to the other platform to catch our connecting train. We jumped out with our luggage and ran to the platform in time for the train doors to get locked and watch it leave. The security there advised us to go to the information centre and ask them to replace our tickets for the next train for no extra cost. The earliest train was at 8.20am and the time the office opens was at 8.30am. If we missed that train, we would have had to lose 3hrs to take the next one (with another connecting train involved, now that’s scary!). We tried gesturing to the employees who came in early trying to get them out and catch a word but they denied to speak to us until the official opening hours. Yes , very friendly indeed. We finally paid an additional sum (a huge one, sadly) for the first train to Venice and headed out. We finally reached Venice 2hrs later. What an exciting start to the day, no?
In the meanwhile, we filed an online refund request on our way, explaining the situation and hoped we get our excess expenses back since whatever happened wasn’t our fault. After 4 months of repetitive reminders and explaining, we finally got the refund cheque on our first wedding anniversary. Yay 🙂