First swim in the Mediterranian
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That afternoon we managed to catch our train without too much stress. The trains have individual cabins and were quite comfortable! We had to change trains at Genoa and head towards La Spezia where we wod change again.
reached La Spezia we wanted a bit of a break (it was very hot by this stage and
the new train was packed so we had to stand) so we jumped off. We headed for
the coast and found a cute little beach complete with a bar! We grabbed a
couple of beers and chilled out on the sand enjoying our first views of the
beautiful blue Mediterranian. To the west were mountains with dark and ominus looking
clouds and we suspected they were headed our way.
Our predictions turned out to be correct, the storm was definetly headed our way. We held out as long as we could but when the locals began packing up we figured it was time to leave. We made it back to the train station just in time, it poured!
had mostly cleared when we reached Manarola Station (the tiny costal village
where we were staying). We managed to find out hostel quite easily, right up
the top of the hill next to the big church. The views from the hostel were
fairly amazing but we did not hang around long, we were soon back down in the
village munching on pizza and admiring the sunset.
Back at the hostel I got chatting to an Aussie girl in my hostel room (the hostel rooms were single sex only). She told me about her 40+ day Contiki trip and how great it was. She also mentioned that her and a few Canadian girls she had befriended had attemped the hike between all five villages along the coast. The did not make it to the end as they were caught in the torrential rain. She told me the hike was quite difficult which made me nervous as Adrian and I were set to do the hike the next day. We went to bed fairly early that night and I dreamed that I could not do the hike because I was sick (trying to make excuses?).