Sunday, May 24, 2009

On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful

This weekend we decided to escape the busy city of Rome and jet off to the Amalfi Coast. It was so beautiful! The whole coast is rocky cliffs surrounded by the clear blue Mediterranean. The entire place was stunning.

Our journey getting there, however, was nothing short of an adventure. We woke up at 5 in the morning to catch a train to Naples. But the electronic boards were not working so we didn't know which platform to go to, and apparently no one else did either. It was a scramble to figure out what was going on. I tried my best to speak to some people in Italian and I understood them but no one was helpful. So we missed our train and the one after that and were sitting in the train station for over two hours before the boards finally started working and we could catch the right train. The train ride was fine but once we got to Naples we had to take the Metro to Sorrento. The Metro broke down while we were on our way. So a 45 minute metro ride turned into 2 hours. Then we had to take a bus to the hostel that we were staying in. So that was another hour trip. So by the time we reached our hostel, the warm inviting coast was just what we needed to see.
It was my first time staying in a hostel but this one was great. We had our own little bungalow with 2 rooms, a bathroom, and a little kitchen area. It was perfect for our little weekend getaway.

On Saturday we took a ferry to the island of Capri and enjoyed a fabulous day exploring the island and laying on the rocky but beautiful beach. The water was so refreshing, except for the jellyfish.

As part of our ferry ride we got a tour of the outskirts of the island and had the opportunity to see the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is supposedly a "must see" thing on the island. It is a cave that is illuminated by the sunlight, lighting the entire cave in a bright blue glow. So we decided we would see it. I was unfortunately separated from my group of friends but I still got to see the Blue Grotto and I must say, it was a disappointment. We didn't see the blue glow. We saw the cave. The boat rower's song though was highly entertaining.

The weekend overall was a fabulous getaway to the most beautiful place I have ever seen and we were a little bit sad to return to the hot, busy city and our schoolwork.

On the plus side we did have our first star sighting!! On our way home from the train station we saw Eva Longoria Parker and her husband Tony Parker lunching at a restaurant! We were star struck!

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