On Friday night I met this kid named Michael who was also staying in my hostel. He had been working in Spain for two months so we instantly bonded over our love for Spain. We made plans to hike to Riomaggiore the next day around 10. We didn’t end up leaving until 1 because he discovered that he had bed bugs and he had to wash everything! In 2011 there were huge floods here that damaged the waterfall trails between villages so we had to hike the mountain trails. The waterfall trails are paved and flat and the mountain trails are the exact opposite. The trail to Riomaggiore was literally cut out of the mountain. Pretty walking up the hood river stair for a mile. They were straight up and never ending. After five minutes of climbing, because let’s be honest this should not be called a hike, I was sweating and thought I was going to pass out. After about 45 minutes we made it to Riomaggiore sweaty,sticky messes.
Of course the first thing we did was reward ourselves with two big scoops of gelato. I got Mango and strawberry and it was soooo good! After finishing our gelato and wandering through town we headed to the swimming hole or as I like to call it the mermaid lagoon. It looks just like the mermaid lagoon in Peter Pan. The water was so clear and blue that you could see the bottom and the temperature was really nice. We spent hours soaking up the sun, swimming, and jumping off the rocks.
Later in the day we took the train back to our town (there was no way I was hiking back) where we got dinner.
We spent the evening watching the sunset over the water while drinking wine and talking about how much we love Beyonce, quoting mean girls, and laughing. To conclude the “quite nice” (as Michael would say) day we had together we wrote a message in a bottle and threw it into the Mediterranean Sea.