This weekend we explored the Blue Grotto and drank fresh granitas in Capri, ate gelato and danced across the streets of Sorrento, swam in caves and jumped off of cliffs in Positano, and traveled through the infamous ruins of Pompeii. This weekend we did it all.
Our magical Amalfi Coast weekend began after a long day of experiencing Baroque art in Rome. We were first greeted by the perky Bus 2 Alps staff that led us to the buses that would take us to Sorrento. Bus 2 Alps is the number one student travel company (or so they say) and their shiny brochures left us envisioning the weekend of a lifetime! And while this weekend was definitely one for the books, there were several lessons we learned along the way that made it all that more memorable.
1. A 30 minute “scenic walk” actually means hiking up an infinite number of stairs
2. A free chocolate tasting really means you get one piece of chocolate that never sells anyways.
3. Limoncello is NOT nearly as refreshing and lemony as it sounds.
4. Italian boat captains love to yell at each other across the sea.
5. If you adjust the shower head it will come off and the water will essentially explode.
6. You will get lost in Pompeii even while looking at a map.
7. Sometimes boats will forget to pick you up and you’ll be stranded at sea for a few hours.
8. If you are a female, shopkeepers will address you by the name “Lady” and offer you a special price on all items.
9. If you ever want lemon themed anything, the Amalfi Coast is the place to go.
10. If you wave to that one statue in Capri with your left hand, that means you’ll come back to the island one day.
So while we learned several interesting lessons along the way that led to a few bumps in the road, overall this weekend we did everything we wanted to and more! Honestly, how many people can say they’ve not only seen the Blue Grotto but also swam in it? There’s no question as to why the Blue Grotto is one of Europe’s seven wonders. We’ve never seen a more beautiful blue than the crisp aqua and bright colors of the grotto that are a result of the light that shines through the cave since its walls don’t touch the sea floor.
Cliff jumping was another wonder of its own. There’s no feeling that quite compares to when you leap off of a cliff, are momentarily suspended in air, and then are finally greeted by a cold rush of salt water splashing over your skin. It’s another adventure we can now cross off of our bucket lists!!
Lastly the Pompeii ruins are as wondrous as they are said to be and even more so. Touching the remains of once decorative mirrors, finding the few pieces of art that survived the volcano, and seeing some of the fallen bodies all helped us to create the world that once was.
In just three days we experienced what most people can only dream of and we can’t wait until the day we go back and do it all over again.