In order to get to each city, you can either take a train or you can climb the mountainous trails connecting each city. With the recent rainfall, many of the paths were closed between the five cities, but we were able to take two of the paths and phew! were they ever tiring. We ended up climbing the mountain/hilly trails for two HOURS. TWO HOURS. Believe me, it probably doesn't sound that bad and if I were reading this, I would think 'Rachel, two hours is nothing. You're a wimp. Walking for two hours? Psh, my grandma could do that'. I know
. I know. But it was EXHAUSTING- certainly not a walk in the park. They had carved stairs in the mountain, so up and up and up we went and then we would climb back down and then back up and up and up and back down. It was so repetitive and hot and sweaty and tiring. Other people on the trails were walking with their shirts off- old guys who um, I would definitely like to erase those images from my memory. One lady was even walking in her bra... yeah, not the best scenery. Only one person could fit through at a time on the trail, so it was just awful when people would be coming from the other direction and you would have to squeeze against the ledge and be careful not to fall. Also, I'm not sure if they assumed giants would be climbing the mountain or what, but some of those steps were GINORMOUS for my little legs. Everyone was making fun of me of how silly I looked climbing those huge stairs that were easily a foot and a half high. It was definitely painful in the beginning before the adrenalin kicked in.
However, the entire walk was along the coastline and the view was gorgeous. The pictures turned out so blue. Crystal blue. It was definitely well worth it and it gave me such feeling of accomplishment. I felt so empowered and proud. Disregarding my music 'career' this was easily one of the proudest moments of my life. I thought to myself, 'Hey, you just conquered a mountain in Italy. Get it girl.' Now, how many people can actually say that? :)
Yesterday, we took an excursion to Cinque Terre (Cheen-kway Tair-aye) which translates to "The Five Lands" in Italian. The Cinque Terre towns are hills that overhang the sea on the western coast of Italy. And let me tell you, It could not look more like a postcard if it tried. Honestly, it was so picturesque and breathtaking.