Every week seems to pass faster than the previous which means it's becoming increasingly hard to keep my days straight. My days are packed with one activity after another and honestly, i'm finding it difficult to set time aside for some R&R. However, I'm happy that I have the opportunity to constantly be on the move because I know my summer activities will include work, work, and more work. I'm soaking up my seemingly responsibility-free semester to the fullest. Life is tough when the only this I have to stress about is where i'll be jet setting off to the following weekend. Seriously, feelings extremely blessed to be here.
It felt amazing to wake up Friday morning fully rested for the day ahead! The train station we needed to depart from was LITERALLY across the street from our Airbnb. We decided to buy a super cheap train ticket to Pompeii! Originally, Pompeii was not on my must-see list, but I am extremely happy we decided to go. The train was dirty, a common theme in Naples, but short. When we arrived in Pompeii it was a warm, sunny and 67 degrees. Meg and I both had huge smiles on our faces the entire day. After some consideration, we decided to splurge and buy the 11 euro walking tour of Pompeii. I am never disappointed when I pay a little extra to have a tour guide share interesting facts and show the most important part of the scenery before me. Pompeii was no exception. I still cannot wrap my head around how the entire city was covered in ashes and rocks for nearly 1500 years after Mount Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD. It's amazing how much you can tell about a civilization just by studying their remains. I could rant about all the interesting facts I learned in Pompeii, but i'd rather do that in person, so hit me up when I'm back in the States!!
Our tour ended around 3pm and with the whole day still ahead of us, we decided to hop back on the train and ride it to the end of the line to Sorrento, Italy. Sorrento was a gorgeous, small town right on the coast; the views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea were breathtaking. Sorrento was everything I thought Naples was going to be: beachy, bright, and beautiful. Meg and I grabbed a couple Italian beers and stumbled upon the perfect place to watch the sunset. As soon as the sun disappeared into the horizon, we realized how hungry we were. We meandered back up the into the town and enjoyed scrumptious gnocchi and red-wine. I was thoroughly enjoying my conversation with Meg when we realized it was time to go. We ran to the rain station in order to catch the last train back to Naples and luckily made it just in time. By the time we arrived home, we were both exhausted and collapsed into our (sorta) comfy bed. Right as we were dosing off, fireworks started going off in the distance. Meg and I stumbled onto our terrace and watched the entire show- it was spectacular.
Coincidentally, I woke up early Saturday morning to go to the bathroom and when I looked out the window, a gorgeous sunrise was taking place right before my eyes. I could see the whole thing transpire right from our terrace; it was the perfect way to start my day. A couple hours later, I woke up again but this time to sunny, blue skies. On our agenda today: Capri, Italy. Around 11am we boarded a ferry to the Island where CapriSun was named after. As soon as we stepped off the boat, I was in heaven. Meg and I decided to take a chairlift up to the very top of the Island; however, it was cloudy so the visibility was slim to none at the top. Being above the clouds was still really cool and the views while taking the lift up made the experience worth it. Next, we went to the other side of the island and found a cute garden where you could see the famous Capri rocks. If this site was good enough for Dolce & Gabbana to film a commercial, then its sure as heck good enough for me. Originally, Meg and I had plans to visit the Blue Grotto while in Capri but because of the high water levels, it was closed for the day. What was at first a let down, turned out to be a perfect day. To cap off our time in Capri, we grabbed some scrumptious gelato. I got mint chocolate chip (first time since being in Europe!!!!) and nutella. Might have been my favorite combo yet. On our ferry ride back to Naples, I couldn't help but thinking about how excited I am to return to the Amalfi Coast with my Florence friends at the end of the semester.