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Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

The next day I met up with Yolanda from Melbourne, a German guy, a girl from Columbia and one from Brazil for dinner. A tiny kitchen, much cooking, wine and laughter later, yolanda and I decided to go hiking the next morning. It was probably the most beautiful hike of my life. While not overly long, it was by far the most scenic.

We started off by wandering through the olive groves. November is harvesting month, so the ground is all laid in orange netting to catch any fallig olives. In some areas there are people out harvesting, singing songs, telling jokes and stories to each other. Much of the ground is covered in what looks like very talll clover, and creates the feel of a soft garden bed. It's quite magical.

Once you climb up out of that area, you walk along the crest of the mountain overlooking the sea. At some points the path is extremely narrow, and the drop very steep, which is exhilirating! Yolanda and I both tried to make sure we were on the inside when passing people, just in case.

We each took about a million pictures, she is a photography student and so she took her time taking shots and was always searching for the perfect angle. It gave me lots of time to look around and appreciate the view.

Most of the way we hardly passed anyone, it was incredibly peaceful. After the hustle of the big cities, we both kept commenting on how wonderful it was to be surrounded by nature, and not cars. The sun was hot in the afternoon, and we were wishing we could take a dip in the water.

At the end of the trail you descend the mountain into Vernazza, a cute village perched up on the rock. We had lunch, then took the train to Monterosso hoping to lie on the beach for a bit. Unfortunately by then it had clouded over, but we still sat and read our books till it got cold.

When we got back to the hostel, who should we find but Marie, who I met in Siena and said she might hook up with me later. So we headed off to the market, got food to cook an amazing dinner, then sat around talking, eating and drinking wine all night. This is Italy after all!

The next day I took Marie on a speed version tour of the area before we caught our train to Venice. It was nice to have company on the 6 hour train ride, just too bad my playing cards got ruined a while back!
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