This past Saturday, February 17th, a group of 18 OUA students and some staff took a trip to Cinque Terre! Cinque Terre is translated to “5 lands” and is a group of towns off the Mediterranean Sea! We took an early train, leaving around 6:30. We had some troubles (missing our connecting train), so we ended up getting to the fourth town, Vernazza, to drop off our luggage around 1 PM! We grabbed lunch and went to look at the spectacular view from Vernazza. Then, we hopped on a train to go to the fifth town, Monterosso, which is a beach town. Since it was still February and cold, we just enjoyed the views and walked around the beach. A group of us went on a small hike up a hill to get this view!
It was a foggy day, so you can’t see the hilltops and the water was crystal blue. After we explored a little more, we decided to head back to Vernazza, where we had a group dinner and evening activities.
The next day, we woke up and had breakfast (eggs and bacon!) before we left for the day. There were groups of people doing different things, but I went on a hike from town 4 to 3! It was about a mile and it took an hour, but we had gorgeous views the whole way! This is an example:
When we got to town three, we took a train to town 1 and met up with some friends for lunch! We shared memories and pictures to commemorate our time in Cinque Terre! A small group of people, spent their day in town 2 seeing the famous views it has to offer and they shared their photos with us so we could all see! As we all loaded up to take an afternoon train home, there was a unanimous decision that we loved Cinque Terre and would hopefully get to come back again!