Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Amalfi Coast: Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Pompeii

The Amalfi Coast:

The second week of April we took our last trip of the semester to the Amalfi Coast. We went with Bus2Alps and the trip included visits to Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Pompeii. We stayed in the same hostel the entire weekend in Sorrento. We got there on Thursday night close to midnight. It was a big room with ten beds. The bathroom was right down the hall and it was really clean and so everything looked nice. But we were pretty confused as to why there were so many bunk beds in our room. We were all pretty tired from the trip so the five of us--Me, Blair, Dom, Jenny, and Melissa--all got ready for bed and went to sleep.

Around 3 a.m. we hear someone at the door trying to get into the room. There is this guy yelling down the hall asking one of his friends for the room key..."ROBBY!! Where's the key! Yo man come on! Do you have the key?? Eh, Robby!". About four or five guys come into the room making so much noise. They realize we are all in the room trying to sleep so they tried to be quiet...but we soon realized that they were hammered and so they kept us up while they were trying to get situated. Yeah we pretty much couldn't stand them at first. We were all supposed to be waking up at 7 a.m. to go catch our ferry that would take us to Capri.

Alarms go off the next morning, and all the guys are passed out in the bunk beds next to us. A little while after we wake up, one of the guys' alarms goes off, and Spanish house music starts playing--it was five American guys from Barcelona where they were studying. They were part of the Bus2Alps group that came for part of their Spring Break trip. They were so obnoxious...but still kind of funny.

We all hurried to go grab breakfast and sign in to go on the boat to Capri. The weather was overcast and a little cooler than we had hoped. The walk down the coast was pretty long, but eventually we made it to the boat. We took a tour around Capri before we got to it, and we also got to go to the famous Blue Grotto. So awesome!

Four at time we had to get into a little tiny boat with this guy and he lead us to the grotto. We all had to lay down in the boat to get inside of it.

Inside was gorgeous. The water was so blue! And clear! The natural light from outside illuminated the water so that it was a really vibrant light blue color.

We were only inside for a few minutes, and it was hard to get a perfect picture, but it was really awesome.

We spent the rest of the day on the island of Capri. It is BEAUTIFUL in Capri. We walked through the stores, tasted lots of limoncello, and took a chair lift to the top of the island. It was a great view, although it was a little cold all the way on the top. We hung out for a while and then rode the rinky-dink chair lift that looked like it was a 100 years old, back down to the town.

The following day, Saturday, we went to Positano where we were all excited to go cliff jumping! It was a beautiful day! The weather could not have been nicer when we woke up and so we saw all of this as a great sign. We got to Positano and had to ride the bus all the way down the mountain side to the beach. I have no idea how these big buses can do it, but we made it. The views of the coast on the way down were so gorgeous. The water was so clear and blue! And I loved all of the colorful small houses that were stacked on top of each other up the mountain side. (I don't know if it was really a mountain...but I don't know what else to call it. It was a lot bigger than a hill, that's for sure.)

We finally got as far down as we could and then we had to walk the rest of the way. It was a really pretty walk through streets lined with flowers of all colors, amazing paintings and pictures being sold, cute tiny shops, and vines all over the place. I ended up not really minding the walk because it was so pretty. We got to the beach and as we were walking to the sand, we ran into something that I will never forget:

He was so cute!! I saw him and I HAD to go see him. One of the cutest puppies I have ever seen. The man he was with was so great too. He let me play with the puppy for so long and gave me his leash and said, "I'm going to head over there for a little bit, you hang out with him for as long as you like!" So the man left me his cute puppy to play with while he talked and ate food with his friend. SO AWESOME! I would've kept the puppy...but I knew that Jack would be jealous when I brought home these ridiculously cute puppy. Jack loves attention. He is the best doggie in the whole wide world, so I didn't want to make him feel bad.

We spent the day hanging out on the beach in Positano because we weren't allowed to go cliff jumping due to the wave currents or something. Such a bummer. But we enjoyed the beautiful views and soaked in some rays. We also had to watch about 50 kids from Barcelona celebrating their Spring Break American style. At one point Blair and I went to go get something to drink and left Melissa to watch our stuff. When we got back, there was a random guy passed out on Blair's towel. We ask Melissa who this guy is, and she turns around and has no idea why he is there. So Blair goes over to the guy, "hello? Hey! Wake up! Hellooo."
Random girl sitting with a group near us: "Hey, just leave him, he's fine."
Blair: "Um, no. He's not."
Random girl: "Hey just leave him! He'll be fine!"
Blair to the passed out gut: "Dude get up! Hiii. Come on!"
Random girl: "He's fine! Just let him lay down."
Blair to the girl: "No...this is my towel. He is on my stuff."
Random girl: "OH! Jamie wake up! Hey come on! Get up!"

So we finally woke up this random man and moved him off of Blair's stuff. But of course...we had to get a picture of it all first:

That was kind of funny haha.

The next day we checked out of our hostel and got on the bus to go to Pompeii. It was a long tour, but we learned a lot. It was sad to see the bodies of people who buried alive. Their bodies were so well intact though, it was amazing. There were still walls left with original art work. Homes were still standing that you could walk through and see what a real home back in those days was like. It was really interesting. The weirdest part was at the end though were you walked through their Red Light District, which is basically the same idea as the one we saw in Amsterdam. It was an old brothel. There were pornographic pictures painted on the walls of the rooms. It was really weird to see that, I had no idea that existed back in those days.

By the end of the trip we were all tired and ready to go back to Rome. It was our last trip so it was sad to know that our semester was almost over, but I was excited to spend the last few weeks in Rome. And, my mom and my sister would be coming soon to visit!

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