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Day 27, Cinque Terre to Rome

storm 16 °C

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We woke up bright an early this one, well I did. It was dark and windy and the shutters on the outside of the room were crashing and banging against the side of the house. I had left laundry out overnight to dry, so I ran out to grab it. It had also rained that night and I woke Shane up right away. By 0645 we were walking down slowly towards town, pausing at all the view points to look at the ocean along the way. We had breakfast at 0700 in our coffee shop. No tourist were out this early, only locals. They were very lively and animated with one another while sipping their early morning espressos. In such a small town they all knew each other well. We walked down to the marina and stood watching the waves crash on the rocks for quite some time.

After we satisfied ourselves we went back up to the room to pack. We lazed around until 1045 when we shouldered our packs and made our last decent down the hill. We tried to buy some lunch, but were unsuccessful, there was nothing worth buying so close to the station. Our train to La Spezia left at 1123. As soon as we got off the train we bought some lunch and by lunch I mean junk food, as our only other option was McDonalds. The train departed for Rome at 1205 and after some minor confusion about our seats we were settled. We watched a few episodes of the Tudors and acknowledged the cloudy day continuing into Rome.

We found our way to our B&B by 1630. We rang the doorbell and waited. No one came so we rang again. We had told her our arrival time to be 1800 so we wrote down the phone number. We walked down the street and found a pay phone. It was out of service. We were tired from carrying our packs through transit and were getting frustrated by our lack of knowledge of how to use the pay phones in Europe. They don’t take change. You either need a calling card, which you can only by country by country or a credit card, which we have yet to try. On our way past the B&B again we rang the bell. This time someone answered, it was another guest staying there. We came on in and walked up the stairs. They were Dutch visitors that spoke better English than us (I think they have such cute accents!) They tried to help us call Barbara the host. We tried 3 different numbers and none of them worked. So we picked up our packs and left the apartment, there was no where to wait inside.
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We sat just inside the doors of the building where the rain hadn't reached. We waited until 1800 before we tried ringing the bell again. She still wasn’t there. While I was outside the front doors ringing the bell I saw a big woman with a shaved head coming down the street. Her walk was rather paculiar so I looked a little close. She wasn’t wearing pants. No pants. No underpants. Nothing, Just a shirt and a sweater. I called Shane quickly and told him to look out the door to the left. Then I laughed at his reaction. When “when in Rome” doesn’t apply. We tried looking for Barbara. Finally at 1810 we met her. She showed us to our room, recommended some things to see and gave us a map.

We dropped our bags right away and went to find some dinner. We wandered around quite a bit, weaving in and out of the old Roman walls. We ended up at a restaurant with perfect homemade pasta. We say perfect because it tasted exactly like ours! It was really nice and the wine paired well. On our way home we found a 5 euro bill on the ground, we were both hesitant to pick it up. I said to Shane “this reminds me off the comics you read where it’s attached to a string!” We took that 5 euros around the corner and spent it quickly on gelato to make sure it wasn’t fake. When we got home I FINALLY got to update the blog, it took a few hours.

After we were showered and adequately tired we tried to fall asleep. At just that time a thunderstorm rolled in and the rain came down in sheets. I was very happy for a warm bed while the cold swept through the open window. The roaring thunder deafened us a few times while it filled the room, sleep was almost instantaneous.
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Posted by s-a 12:13 Archived in Italy Tagged rome terre cinque

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