Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lisbon to Amsterdam to Milan to Genoa to Cinque Terre

So, I'm being charged per minute for this internet, cluggg. Anyway, a little catch up of what I've been doing.

After spending a few days in Lisbon with Pedro(which was awwesssommee) we jetsetted to Amsterdam, arrived at midnight in the pouring rain without a place to stay. Luckily we managed to find this guy sitting outside of his hotel with one room left, go figure. The next night we stayed with Matthias and then got a hotel for the last night. Amsterdam was gorgeous, we got to see the city, we rented bikes, enjoyed the Heineken brewery tour and got a good feel. Next we headed to Milan on a bus. 24+ hours on a bus, umm...I'm not even really sure how to describe it, I slept on and off for most of the time, read books, listened to music, stared at the chair in front of me, sweated, changed positions 3156441387 times and ate a lot of candy bars. We got pulled over on the France border and it took 2 hours to go through all of our bags and do security checks. About 4AM and then we got pulled over again when we crossed through to Italy, that took about an hour. But as we approached Italy we drove past some of the most beautiful mountains and scenery. We got to Milan at about 10 AM and caught a train to Genoa, Italy. When we got there we got another train to Riomaggiore. The train left at 1:55 and as we were running to the train, Bryson got in first, and as I hopped in the door closed and hit my bag, I pushed through and the door closed. We almost missed the train by about 3 seconds. We finally made it all the way to Riomaggiore which luckily we had  hostel booked for three nights. It is gorgeous here, the scenic views from almost every point is stunning. There are 5 little cities that make up the Cinque Terre and yesteday we hiked the 5 mile trip starting from Riomaggiore. It was sooo hard but each time we made it to the top of a cliff and turned around, the majestic view of the previous city was so gorgeous it made the pain obsolete. On the 4th mile a guy in the middle of a cliff was selling hand squeezed lemonade, so we stopped and enjoyed that for a second and then we were off again. Once we finished the hike, we got a train back to our city and cooked dinner with some guys that we met in our hostel. We enjoyed the night just talking about where we've been and how we got there. Good company, good times.

We just booked a boat from Milan to Barcelona, then booked two nights in Barcelona. The trip is almost over, I'll try to write again when I get a chance. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

Caio.

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