Cinque Terre

Yesterday was my last trip of the semester. Katie, Lane, and I did a day trip to Cinque Terre, Italy. It’s along the coast of the Italian Riviera, right outside the city of La Spezia. Cinque Terre is made up of five villages and literally means, “The Five Lands.” The five villages of Cinque Terre are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

So the three of us woke up super early and caught a 7:00AM train to La Spezia. We had to transfer trains in Pisa. The whole trip took about 2.5 hours. So when we got to La Spezia, we saw a group of Americans that were all a part of a Euro Adventures (one of those travel programs) trip so we asked how to get around and everything and he helped us out and showed us what train to take to get to the town with the hiking trail. Since it’s been rainy, a lot of the trails have been closed because of landslides, so we hiked up the only trail that was open. We took a train from La Spezia to Rimaggiore and then another train to Vernazza which is where the only trail was open. So we hiked from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare. It was a two hour hike and it was uphill and intense! It actually reminded me a lot of camp. Obviously camp isn’t on the mediterranean coast line, but the actual hike up was similar to portages (the land you have to hike in between lakes on cane trips in Algonquin Park, Canada). And there were fresh water streams along the way up the hike which gave me flashbacks to streams in Algonquin Park. I was loving it!

I ran into a guy that I met in Budapest on the hiking trail. His name is Iman and he is friends with my friend Michael Kagan, who I bumped into in Budapest. This whole abroad thing makes the world so much smaller and it’s soooo weird. Anyway, at the end of the hike, we were in Monterosso. We had a seafood lunch and sat by the ocean. After lunch, we caught the train in Monterosso to go back to Florence. We had to transfer again in La Spezia and Pisa. It was pretty easy.

Last night, we all went out to Space Electronic, which is where we saw the Fat Joe concert one of our first nights here hahaha. Everrrryone was there last night. The last Saturday night in Florence, so sad, but it was fun!

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Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Look at this foliage

Look at this foliage

Inside a tunnel through one of the mountains

Inside a tunnel through one of the mountains

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

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Katie, me, and Lane

Katie, me, and Lane

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The trains were PACKED with tons of people

The trains were PACKED with tons of people

A train going through a mountain

A train going through a mountain

These two Italian men were playing music along the hike

These two Italian men were playing music along the hike

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The hike up

The hike up

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The natural streams. I was loving it!

The natural streams. I was loving it!

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Vineyards

Vineyards

The end of the trail

The end of the trail

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Classic solo shot

Classic solo shot

 

Me, Katie, and Lane before going to Space

Me, Katie, and Lane before going to Space

Jenna, me, and Allie. They are both in AEPhi with me at IU.

Jenna, me, and Allie. They are both in AEPhi with me at IU.

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