Trenitalia train strike!

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Riomaggiore -- the town where we stayed
Italians like to strike. 

The first time I went to Italy, it was during the Olympics so there was a mutual decision that there would be no striking.  The second time I went to Italy, there was a metro/bus workers strike. 

Today, there was a Trenitalia workers strike in Tuscany!  Many of the trains leaving out of Florence were cancelled.  Including ours to Riomaggiore!!!  The train station was packed with people, not knowing when/if we were able to leave Florence.  Only the Eurostar trains were running at this point.  I spoke to one of the train station employees who told me that we could catch a train to Pisa which would be leaving in 2 hours.
  From Pisa, we would hopefully catch a train to the Cinque Terre.  The train to Pisa was packed to the brim and we ended up having to stand the entire way. 

We met a couple of Kiwis (from New Zealand) in the Pisa train station, who were traveling for 6 months around the world.  We were so jealous!  They were also going to Riomaggiore, so we decided to stick together.  We met an Italian woman who was also going to Riomaggiore, so she told us to get on the same train as her.  She was a godsend!!  I think we would've gotten on a wrong train if we hadn't met her.   The Kiwis were also going to Nice on the same day as us, so we bid them farewell until then and went to pick up our key.  We got our room from Mar-Mar Affittacamere.  We had a cute room with a balcony with a view of the sea.
View from our room
  It was so quaint and homey, if you ever decide to stay in Riomaggiore, you should stay here!  They have a variety of rooms/apartments, as well as dorms. 

We got some gelato and walked to the marina, which had a nice sea view as well as a nice view of the village.  We ate dinner at Ristorante La Lampara, which was just downstairs from our room.  It's located right by the entrance to the tunnel, which leads to the train station.  The staff was friendly, especially the grandpa.   There's nothing quite like a charming Italian nonno!  He thought we were from California -- actually, quite a few people we met throughout our trip also thought we were from California.  I don't know why!!  We had a great dinner -- seafood salad, seafood risotto, spaghetti al cartoccio (spaghetti with mixed seafood, cooked in foil...SO GOOD), fried calamari, and DOC Cinque Terre white wine.  Perfetto!

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Riomaggiore -- the town where we s…
Riomaggiore -- the town where we …
View from our room
View from our room
Our room is the one with the balco…
Our room is the one with the balc…
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