Yesterday was the day I lost my mind. I dont know why, I , the girl who literally took band class to avoid having to go to P.E. thought that I should join everyone on a 7 mile hike through the 5 towns of Cinque Terre. It never occurred to me, even as I looked at all the towns on the mountain side, that I would be hiking UP and DOWN....UP...and DOWN... on a rough rocky terrain, no sidewalks or real stair cases in even increments. After about the first 90 minutes things started getting especially challenging and it actually crossed my mind that maybe i would just lay on the ground and wallow around cursing and crying cause I was so STUCK on this adventure. No way to get back without finishing the treck for another 2.5 hours. UGH totally misery. Heat, Sun, No water, lots of stairs... and a very cheerful husband who was loving every minute of it and smacking me on the but like a donkey saying " its the pain that makes it good babe" which is what he always says when running and it starts getting hard or his body starts hurting... its like his mantra. It almost got him pushed over the mountain side yesterday! So needless to say, I didnt make it the whole 7 miles. More like 5 before I found myself a water taxi and got on back to the beach like a smart non athletic girl should. We all had bad ankles and knees by the end because you are stepping so carefully and sometimes so far down those steep stairs that you put alot of pressure on the joints. Here is a pic of part of the trail in our hotel. They TRY To warn you about the stairs!
The amazing thing about here, and most of Italy that we have seen, is the older generation, and how they refuse to give in to their age. I have seen so many granma's here trecking like no body's business on that trail, getting on and off these wobbly water taxis.. and they dress the part too. Picture Sophia from the Golden Girls but wider and wearing Air Jordans and carrying a Louis Vuitton purse. HA. Seriously. They have major attitude to go with that look as well and aren't scared to yell or push you at any given moment. Its all too funny! Lots of people watching here!
Today we have been shopping around the towns and laying on the beach. I cant bring myself to get into the water but Erik did! Its pretty cold. Beautifully clear and colorful, smells so fresh and is ICE cold! I got smacked in the rib caged today by this ball some German boys were throwing around. Lucky for them the water at my feet was so cold that my whole body was flexed, so it didnt hurt. I went to throw it back to them and made an angry face, kind of joking around but it was lost in translation. Pretty Funny. Anyway tomorrow is Florence and that is where I am most excited to go I think ( because of the shopping mostly) ha...
Here is our meal from last night. Seafood here is interesting. It is basically cooked exactly as it is caught with all the heads, legs, tails, shells etc and nothing is done to flavor it so it can be a bit fishy! Erik eats "gnocchi" every night. ha