Anyways, we got the 9.17 train out of Genova, and got into the first village, Monterosso, a nice fifteen-or-so-minutes late (I don't believe people who claim some Italian trains are on time). Originally it was supposed to be me and seven (!) guys, but this group of five Americans had decided they wanted the beach instead of the hike, so it was just me, CC and our new ginger friend Matthew from North Carolina.
We queued to ask the ladies at tourist info about where to leave stuff. "You can leave them at the laundry," said the bored lady. "Down the stairs and to the right." We thanked her and went down the stairs and turned to the right. It was the underground bit where you can get onto the platforms, and we saw not even a hint of a laundry. !?
After about ten minutes we went back to the ladies at the tourist info, this time it was the other lady we were talking to. SHE was a bit more helpful, drawing the way to the laundry on a simple map. It was indeed down the stairs to the right, but what the first lady hadn't told us was that we have to walk about 500m down the street before actually doing the right turn!
Found the laundry, it seemed a bit dodgy since there was no one there, only about ten rucksacks or suitcases for anyone with any physical capability to steal. We went in, and after a while the lady working there came out from the back room. After she managed to understand what we were saying, she said "ah", told us it's 5euros per bag (ok, expected...). But she got my name and gave me a receipt, so it seemed a bit more legitimate.
Ok, yay, bags dropped off, so we started on our trip.
|Our walk ahead of us :)|
|Bye bye Monterosso!|
Second bit: Vernazza-Corniglia still more gorgeous views, I was getting quite tired though and let the boys walk in front of me most of the time.
|From a cute café at the half-way point|
|Tops serve as good headwear|
|Obviously everyone has to jump when with me ;)|
Another reason we ran was to catch the train from Manarola back to Monterosso - the laundry that was keeping our bags was closing at 19.00. Luckily there was a train at 18.22, which we jumped on, picked up our bags (they were still there, and even my computer wasn't stolen, hurrah!). It was just me and CC now (Matthew had to go back to Genova), and we decided we'd check trains to Pisa, then get dinner at one of the quaint restaurants in Monterosso.
AAAARRRGHHHH is all I can say. We managed to learn from the ticket machine we would have to get the 19.03 train, which was in fifteen minutes. Okay, well no sit-down dinner. We also learnt it's Intercity, and in Intercity you must buy seat reservations beforehand. The ticket machine wasn't responding to touch (so much worse than even the French ones!!), and there was no other ticket machines. The American girl in the yellow top behind us told us that it's always like this. When it finally did start working again, it didn't let us choose the interrail-option, in other words there was none. (Even though interrail.eu said there was.) Ok... So ticket office it is. Massive queue.
I queued whilst CC went to get us the quickest food he could find, which was fatty burgers/kebabs (tho he did say we needed fatty food after the hike.....). Time was ticking, at 18.58 there were still at least three people in front of me. It was 19.03 when the guy in front of me, very hurried too, started getting tickets from the ticket guy, and miraculously at 19.04 I got to him, got the seat reservations (which are only 3euros per person!), and we ran to the platform. And got on the train, which luckily Italianly was a few minutes late.
Italian train adventures!
Got to Pisa, and because of my lack of organisation and knowledge wandered about for ages (bless you CC I was not very fun company:( ), so by the time we got to our hostel we were both COMPLETELY dead. Showered and went to bed in our quaint little red room with three nice Chinese roomies. :)
|Frozen yoghurt whilst taking a break from hostel-searching!|