Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Breakdown of Christmas. feat: Jared-Flat-Butt.


10am wake-up call.

Coffee plus a Ham & Cheese sandwich from the only place open on Christmas morning.
{Apparently, eggs & toast are hard to come by in Italy.}


11am began our Cinque Terre hike, starting in Monterosso.


Stopped to do a yoga pose on a kick-A bridge somewhere between 
Monterosso and Vernazza:


2 hours in, reached the next town over: Vernazza.


Enjoyed amazing spaghetti and a litre of red wine for lunch.
{Truth be told, I could have had more wine and been just fine.}


After lunch, began our next trek over to the town of Corniglia.
About an hour in, took a little break to work on our mad camera timer skills enjoy the breathtaking view:


2 hours after lunch, we reached the next town of Corniglia.
{Calves and glutes on fire by this point.}


Met a man named Jared {from Washington}.
Annndddd, I think this lone stranger needed a friend or something, because from there on out, we couldn't shake the fellow.
So I ended up having to stare at this the rest of the time:


And let me just tell you, there are MANY uphill climbs on this hike.
So I was staring at "Jared Butt" a lot.

Moving on.

Now this is the part where I don't know what went wrong.
We may have taken a wrong turn, or chosen the more "advanced" route, 
because all of a sudden, we were climbing up.
and up.
and up.
and up some more.
Walking along treacherous, tiny pathways, staring down into a dark and deep abyss.

And before I knew it, it was dark. Very dark.

But bless Jared and his flat little butt, because he had a flash light!
And if it weren't for that, it's quite possible I would not be here today to write this post, because I surely would have fallen off the side of the mountain to my perilous death.
{So Jared, thank you and your butt for leading the way and saving us.}

What seemed like a bajillion hours later, and a million steps downward, we finally made it to the next town of Manarola.
{Thank sweet baby jesus. If my glutes were burning 2 towns prior, just imagine how they felt by this time.}

Annnnd this is where Mishi had to be a little baby and call it quits.
There was one more town to hike to: Riomaggiore.
However.
I quickly shook Flat-Butt-Jared's hand 
and said, "Nice to meet you, but no, thank you."
Then hopped on a train back to our home turf of Monterosso.

So yeah, okay, I whimped out.
But hear me now: I will be back.
And I will conquer the Cinque Terre in full.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays!
We just got to Florence today and I'm putting these sore glutes to bed.
Maybe I can get a certain someone to give me a nice glute massage...

TMI?

...

xoxo


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14 comments:

  1. you are hilarious!!!! poor flat butt jared lol I love hiking...you are going to have amazing glutes and legs come spring!

    Happy Holidays!

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  2. Reading about your adventures are my favorite :)

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  3. Haha thank God for Jared Flat butt!!!
    Beautiful pics btw.
    Bianca from Lotus Blossom Design

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  4. I need for my glutes to be on fire after all the eating I've been doing these past few days! Gorgeous pics, as usual! Merry Christmas!

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  5. uh that's why you travel with that certain someone to do some much needed booty massage.
    yes.

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  6. nice post and great blog
    http://doseofglambition.blogspot.com/

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  7. Haha that's too funny! At least he was helpful with the flashlight!

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  8. i hope you drank a litre of wine to make your glutes feel better!

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  9. Hahaha, glad to see someone worked out on Christmas! :) Merry Christmas, M & V!

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  10. haha awww poor jared and his flat butt, but good thing he was there to guide you! i had an awkward european away-from-home christmas awhile ago and it was good/bad, but definitely different regardless. it'll be a christmas you remember and the memories really are priceless - have fun!!

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  11. I'm cracking up over here! Just follow the flat butt! LOL! Too funny!

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  12. That looks like an AMAZING time!! Happy holidays xo

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  13. Hahaha I'm hoping you got that sweet glute massage!! Still so jealous of your travels and I'm LOVING keeping up with you guys!

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  14. oh wow that was a hike!! sorry you had to stare at a butt all day but at least you had other pretty sights :)

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