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Five Cities and a Hike

Sep 27, 2011

Location: Cinque Terre
Author: Chris Meagher
Today we got up at 5:45 to get to Cinque Terre and enjoy a great hike. After the normal grumblings of an early morning wake up we jumped in the dinghies to shore before catching the bus to the train station. When we arrived at the train station we ate breakfast fresh from the bakeries around the town. Cinque Terre is a group of five villages which are built on, or into the cliff sides of the coast line, all connected by a hiking trail which is exhausting, but breath-taking. The first of the villages we stopped at was Monterosso. From here we hiked to the rest of the towns. But before we left we decided that we would try to get a gelato at each town we stopped in, which unfortunately was far too much sugar for us. On the hiking path we met many people from the United States, Canada, and Australia, which caused the joke to start that we had some how ended up back in the States. At the second town we each did different things. Some went to the beach, others took the train to the next town, and others decided that after the hike it was time for lunch. Those of us that chose to eat lunch got take away pizza and went onto a roof top patio, which gave us an amazing view of the town cliffs and the sea. After this we continued on our hike full of gelato and pizza. This slowed us down to the point where we fell asleep on the trail and took an extended siesta. The siesta ruined the rest of the day because we then had to rush the rest of the trails to get to the meeting place in front of the train station on time. Over all it was a good but exhausting day.