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Cliff Notes....Because thats all you could handle.....

sunny 75 °F

5 train segments to get to la Spezia, Italy.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich on the Train Staion Floor.
Getting on the wrong train, finding out that information as it was starting. And literally jumping into the correct train as it was departing. It was exactly like the movies....only more stressful and less graceful.

Got to our Hostel in La Spezia.
Lights out. Doors Locked. Random Residential Neighborhood, 10pm.
The neighbor had a sign on their door with pictures of knives, handguns, shotguns and dogs....we opted to not ask their advice.
Finally got inside, and had a laughing fit when we counted over 20 frogs in our room. (Not real ones...stuffed, painted, ceramic...you name it)

Hiked in Cinque Terra National Park
Top ten most beautiful places in the entire world. End of Story.
Aside from our getting involved on a 5 hour uphill hike through vineyards, along a rocky coast. Exciting and tiring.

Lake Como Ferry to Belagio
Bridget and I had prime seating for an absolutely grotesque people watching couple. To give you some perspective on how outrageous it was, the man was wearing a red silk scarf that was tied around his waist as if a fashion accessory. Oh, and he was also forcefully making out with greasy girl who had a boyfriend. We photo-documented for our ever growing WTF album.

Lake Como Bar Snacks.
Put any excuse the US has for bar snacks to shame. We are talking platters of deliciousness. It was also super cool because the same group of old italian men came to the bar every evening to split bottles of red wine and talk about life, women and sports...very loudly.

Venice.
Bottles of wine are 4 Euros. (5 Dollars). Bridget and I split one at 1pm, another at 2, and started our third just after 4. Which explains our laughing melt down in the middle of a cobble stone alleyway. Lots of Honking and Walky-Talkying.....Which resulted in very peculiar looks from other tourists and locals. We did not do a good job at being vigilant and descreet travellers that day.

Aqua Alta
A rare occurance in Venice....When the entire San Marco square and surrounding streets is completely flooded. Lame tourists wait in line to walk on elevated boardwalks throughout the city. Bridge and I take off our shoes and run splashing through the center of the square. Ending up on Italian news and in a lot of random peoples photo albums. Again, not a very low profile day.

Montevegelio, Italia
An interesting day of attempting to track down my old, old relatives. More to Come Later. (My hands are getting tired, and the sun is shining.....anddddd there are ripe figs and pomegranates that need to be picked)

Farm Stay.
Heaven. Hiking. Horses. Fruit. Blue Skies. Mountains. Camp Fires.

Is there really only a few more days left.....
Thank goodness I have a bike, a puppy and some incredible people waiting for me at home, because leaving is going to be pretty tough.

Quote of the Day:
Smile. Inside and Out. Even smile with your liver.

Next Race:
October 31st - Duathlon (Run, Bike, Run)

Heres to Peace, Memories and Prickly Pear Fruit,
Aubs

Posted by AubreyJ 05:49 Archived in Italy

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