This past weekend I went on a guided trip with a tour company Bus2Alps, I spent the entire weekend in Paradise, otherwise known as The Amalfi Coast (in Italy). Beaches, sun, fruity drinks and jumping off cliffs, what more could I ask for?
Thursday April 26th: I started off my trip by going to my friend Lauren’s (Geisser) for dinner. We made a delicious meal of whole wheat fusilli pasta, eggplant and peppers with pecorino cheese on top. Then Lauren, her roommate Kelly, and I all taxied to Termini train station to catch our 10:30pm bus to Sorrento, our first stop on our Amalfi Coast extravaganza. We arrived at our hostel at 3:30am. Not a person was in site. We checked into our room and soon found out the other 8 people were sound asleep and we were left with zero blankets. So, I ran downstairs met a nice Bangladesh man and had him take me on a hunt for blankets. First stop: back to our room, named “Sweet”, he told me to check the cupboards for blankets, I found one. He then took me to our next stop, a random girls room at the end of the hall. He looked at me, laughed and said “Shh” and told me to go in and look for blankets while a rando girl was sleeping. Awkward. Boy, did I feel safe. Regardless, I found blankets for Lauren, Kelly and I and we all went to sleep since our wake up call was at 6:30am to start our day.
Friday April 27th: Waking up at the crack of dawn was quite a challenge after our 2 hours of sleep, but we made it. Breakfast in our hostel consisted of cocoa puffs, crossiants and tea, fancy. We headed off on our day to take the ferry to the island of Capri. Hundred of us study abroad students piled onto the ferry. Once we arrived in Capri we were all split up to take another boat tour of the island. First stop on the tour was the Blue Grotto, one of the seven natural wonders of the world or Europe, who really knows. We got on tiny little boats with tour guides and went into the blue grotto in groups of four. In order to get in to the tiny opening in the cave we had to lay down in the boat. The color of the water was crazy, SO blue, almost as if it was dyed with food coloring. We spent approximately 2 minutes inside the Blue Grotto and then continued our tour. The 80 degree weather was absolutely perfect and it was amazing being on a boat. On our tour we passed the white grotto, green grotto, tunnel of love and amazing houses on Marina Picolo. After our boat tour we stopped in the center of Capri to take a hike from Marina Grande, the port, up to the city center. We had a very nice hike up to AnaCapri where we had limonchello tasting, chocolate tasting and were able to design our own custom sandals made by a little old man. We all indulged in amazing fruity drinks called Granitas, I had a lemon/orange one which was to die for, basically a natural fruit slushie, way better than 711. After our samples, Kelly, Lauren and I took a chairlift (single rider) up to the top of Monte Solare, where we saw breathtaking views of all of Italy (even the boot!), Sorrento, Sicily and Mt. Vesuvius. We then took the chairlift down to arrive back in Anacapri and take a “topless taxi” otherwise known as a convertible taxi down to Marina Picolo to tan and grab some lunch. The taxis were incredible, so comfy, great leg room and so fun. The sun was shining, our hair was blowing and we were in Capri, seriously, a dream come true. We arrived in Marina Picolo and sat down at a beautiful table looking over the Mediterranean Sea and the Tunnel of Love. We sat in the sun and I had a very refreshing lunch of Proscuitto and Melon. After lunch the three of us rented chairs overlooking the sea to tan and relax for a few hours before heading back to Sorrento. We took another topless taxi back to Marina Grande to get gelato and meet our ferry and group to head back to the Hostel. We all relaxed and chilled before going to a group dinner organized by the trip at a nearby restaurant. It was a crazy dinner with tons of people and horrible service. I mean we ordered margaritas at the beginning of the meal and received two margarita pizzas at the end… awkward. We had a really fun dinner and then just went back to our hostel/club which basically is a party every night. A live DJ and tons of people filled the lobby of the Hostel and there was music blasting till after 2am, party.
Saturday April 28th: We were able to sleep in till after 9 today and again had a fancy breakfast in our hostel before taking the bus to Positano. We arrived in breathtaking Positano and walked down thousands of stairs (no exaggeration) to get to the black sand beaches. Once we finally made it down, I grabbed a bacardi breezer, ruby grapefruit flavored, laid out my towel and ran to the water. After relaxing on the beach for a little we all decided to take a boat tour to go cliff jumping and cave swimming. So 8 of us hopped on to a little boat with our nice driver Pepe and got driven to the cliff jumping area. Pepe dropped us off and we all ran to climb the cliff and jump off. It was absolutely incredible. So much fun and so much salt in my nose and ears. But, well worth it. Obviously the child I am loved jumping off the cliff that I had to do it again… and again. After swimming in the water and jumping over and over again, another boat picked the 8 of us up and took us to a cave nearby. A few of us jumped off the boat into the freezing cold water and went for a swim in the clear water. It was so fun, especially when we all fought to stand on top of a rock and waited for Lauren to take our picture from the boat, typical. Soon after we boated back to the main beach in Positano and grabbed paninis at vino e panini. Turkey, tomato, mozzarella and pesto, the usual. We all sat on our towels at the beach, ate our sandwiches and tanned for a while before shopping and heading back to the hostel after 7pm. We relaxed and got ready for dinner and drinks in the hostel where a live band was playing that night.
Sunday April 29th: Again, we got to sleep in and have a nice breakfast in the hostel before packing up and heading off to Pompeii. I have already been to Pompeii so when we arrived I went off to lunch with some other friends that had already been and spent the day laying in the sun and walking around the shops in the area. We spent a few hours in Pompeii and around 3:00pm boarded the buses to head back to Roma. Arriving in Roma a little after 5:30pm and taxiing home. Later than night Ilyse and I did our usual Sunday night ritual of Insalata ricca and gelato. Delicious. A great way to end an absolutely incredible weekend.