Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cinque Terre

We hiked 6 hours yesterday. Cinque Terre is comprised of 5 small towns grouped together by a various mountain trails. We woke up around 8am to meet Emily and Lauren so we could start or day of pretending to be outdoors ladies. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. I mean, would you really want anything but 80 degrees and sunny?? Nah. The hike started all uphill in Vernazza to Corniglia to Manarola and we ended for some delicious pizza, pasta and salad in Riomaggiore. We then took the train back to Monterroso to do the most difficult and longest part of the hike. Cinque Terre is a little piece of untouched paradise. The houses are plastered to the sides cliffs and you can see nothing surrounding clear ocean. We saw one car and it was basically a uni-bomber white van carrying fruits to a restaurant. (essentially the anti-thesis of Manhattan) The population consists of mostly tourists. Makes you think, people who live in Cinque Terre… rich or crazy? Cinque Terre was hands down my favorite part of our backpacking adventure thus far. I tried to convince Jess, Emily and Lauren to skip out on Rome and stay in Vernazza for a little longer… I was turned down. It is definitely on my list of places to visit again and I highly suggest it to ANYONE
This morning, we woke up at 5:15am to head off to the station to catch the train to Rome. We have 3 days of jam packed quests in Rome before we are off to Madrid. We hope our new brothers and sisters like us!

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