Lo scorso fine settimana, ho viaggiato a Cinque Terre con miei amiche da universita. Abbiamo visitato quattro citta: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, e Monterosso. Ho fatto un’escursione da Vernazza a Monterossa.
Last weekend, I traveled to Cinque Terre with my friends from school. We visited three cities: Manarola, Riomaggiore Vernazza, and Monterosso. We hiked from Vernazza to Monterosso.
You know those moments when you take in all of your surroundings and just think, “I can’t believe I’m here right now,”? This past Saturday was a day filled with tons of those moments as I explored Cinque Terre and all it has to offer.
We kicked off the day with a quick stop in Manarola. Our short time there was spent snapping the first of many pictures by the water.
Shortly after, we were on the train to the next city, Riomaggiore, where we had an hour to explore the town and grab a bite to eat. Earlier that morning I overheard our guides raving about a take-away placed called Mamma Mia and made it my mission to try it. It didn’t disappoint. Was it traditional Italian cuisine? Nope. It was fried heaven of fish & chips (something I learned to love in London last summer).
The trip we booked had two options for the next stop: get off the train at Vernazza and take a two hour hike from Vernazza to Monterosso where we’d get another two hours at the beach, or skip Vernazza and spend the rest of the day on the beach at Monterosso. We chose the former after debating all morning.
The view was great on the hike, but the feeling of running into the clear blue water afterwards was indescribable.
I’m glad I overcame my apprehension to go on the hike. That is what studying abroad is about: learning, experiencing, and being a little uncomfortable at times but pushing through it. Choosing the beach would have been comfortable and I probably would have left with a great tan. Opting to do the hike was challenging, rewarding, and an experience I’ll always remember.