It’s hard to believe, but yesterday we went on our last trip of the semester! We got up early to catch a train to Cinque Terre for the day! Cinque Terre, Italian for “Five Lands” consists of a strip of five colorful villages along the coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We got a day pass for the train and trails, and spent the day exploring each of them!
The highlight of the trip was definitely the 2-hour hike from Vernazza to Monterosso that I did with Sarah. Everywhere we turned, there was ocean and mountain and forest. Hiking is one of my favorite things, and a setting like this is an easy reason why. Another is that I always forget about is how friendly people are on the trail. As we passed each other, Sarah and I were greeted with constant Hello’s and Ciao’s and Bonjour’s.
The villages were more populated with tourists than I expected, but it was actually really nice to chat with people about their travels. We had a great casual dinner next to a Canadian couple who told us some stories about their time in Rome, and made friends with a Benny from Hong Kong who chatted with us the whole way back to Florence. As my semester abroad comes to an end, I’m finding myself more and more eager to engage with those around me, friends and strangers alike. It’s funny how running out of time can call your attention back to people and surroundings.
By the way, that dinner I mentioned was delicious: spinach and ricotta ravioli with walnut sauce…! Writing it down in case I forget…but I probably won’t.