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artem_kamchatka It's time for me to change my job I think, so why not to move to Venice and become a gondola driver or a gondolier, despite how weird this word sounds like. During my visit to Venice I was impressed how proficiently they mastered their long gondolas through narrow channels accompanying this movement with beautiful songs. Alas! It's easier to become an astronaut than a gondolier. And it's not just an exaggeration - driving a gondola has always been something like a private club. Gondoliers were often close to noble people and it was a professional code to never reveal what happened or was said on board of theirs flat bottomed elegant boats. Today all those guys are close to tourists only but even nowadays the gondolier's license is passed from father to son or to another male family member. And every gondolier must belong to the thousand year old Gondolier's Guild which is strictly controlled. The City of Venice awards only 425 gondolier licences and there're years of apprenticeship and a major exam to pass before you can enter the guild. The exam checks not only practical skills in handling the gondola but the knowledge of venetian history and landmarks and even foreign language skills. Just imagine - there's a job which requires you to be born into it or to be found by another gondolier who will teach you and grant you a license! Gondoliers' exam results are even published in the local paper. It has always been a male profession but several years ago a woman broke the rule, passed an exam and was awarded with the license. And it's worth it because it's a highly-regarded profession which lets you learn up to 150,000 $ each year! So I called my dad to ask if he or any of our male relatives is a gondolier willing to grant me a license. After the brief conversation I realized that I'm not gonna be a gondolier. But what stops me from just riding any boat here and singing? ПО-РУССКИ 2d
  •   soulsistacaro Interesting! @artem_kamchatka 🤗 2d
  •   iperchik Все так восхищаются Венецией, а мне кажется жутко неудобным передвигаться по каналам 😮 2d
  •   nastasyamaleva Viva Venice!!! 1d
  •   bearcrawlz Fascinating! So, your father wasn't excited you wanted to change professions!? 1d

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  •   kloktek @malcom_outlew I'm considering it. And thanks so much! Since I'm still at secondary school, I have a few choices. 2d
  •   ukie_power Very cool :) 2d

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