in riomaggiore again
We got up fairly early because we wanted to start the hike in the morning when it was relatively cool and we wouldnâ€™t be walking in the middle of the day in the worst heat. In our house thingy there were these American guys who were also getting ready to do the hike so we all decided to do it together. You actually have to pay to do this hike I think it was like 3 or 4 euros or something. Then you get this little card and you have to keep it on you because apparently there is random ticket checkers walking along who might ask to see if you have paid but we never got stopped. Man that would be the worst job ever, walking in the heat back and forth between 12km. But I guess it would keep you in pretty good shape! The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is fairly easy, itâ€™s all on a cemented path and itâ€™s really nice and doesnâ€™t take that long.
Manarola is the place where we went the night before dinner and itâ€™s a really beautiful small little city. The walk from Manarola to Corniglia was alright. It was definitely a lot harder then the first bit and it was getting a lot warmer outside. The worst thing was at the end of the walk to get up to Corniglia you had to go up about a million stairs and that killed us. The guys we were with wanted to be all fit and ran up the stairs! They were crazy anyways haha. Melissa and I took our time and almost died. Corniglia is so beautiful though and the view is just amazing! The walk from Corniglia to Vernazza is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It killed me! And it wasnâ€™t a cemented path or anything, it was like proper hiking and climbing and it sucked.
I mean we got some really good views and it truly is really beautiful but it was definitely hard work! Along the way up in the trees there is this random tiny little shop that sells water etc which was so good because we were all out and dying. The man who owns that place must make a fortune selling to all the people who are half dead lol. We eventually got to Vernazza and we decided to stop there for a while. Everyone went into the water but I decided to skip it because I didnâ€™t want to be all wet and feeling all salty and the have to walk again and feel gross so I sat in the shade and it was very nice. After that Melissa and I got some lunch and then we started the hike from Vernazza to Monterosso. Apparently that bit of the trail is the hardest. The guys were way behind us and Melissa and I were finding it hard to keep up.
We made it up far enough to the look out where you get really good pictures and then we decided to go back to Vernazza and take the train to Monterosso lol. So whatever were lazy butts but we already did so much exercise and couldnâ€™t do any more! We got to Monterosso and we stopped and had some yummy gelato and then we walked along the beach and sat on the sea wall type thing where the path came out and waited for the guys to finish the hike. We hung around in Monterosso for a while and then we all went to get the train to go back to Riomaggiore. While we were at the train station there was the most awkward couple there. It was so funny all we were doing was watching them from the other platform and laughing. It appeared that they were fighting and the girl was really mad at the boy and she smacked him and was ignoring them and then they started kissing like crazy and really awkward kissing and were all over each other and it was hilarious.
Very good entertainment while waiting for the train haha. Got back to the hostel and we all showered and got changed and then we went into the city and we had a nice dinner. I remember I called my sister and talked to her for a long time and I was starting to get really home sick as we had been away coming up 2 months now. I think we stopped at a shop and we got some beers and some wine and we went and started drinking near the water. We met some other random travellers who were climbing on the rocks and stuff and we chatted with them for a while. Then we went back up to the house and were drinking more I think? I donno I was really behind on the drinking compared to everyone else and I went to bed shortly after that.
beach in monterosso