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⛵️T’s Weekend Trip to Cinque Terre & Pisa

What were you grateful for this week? I am so thankful for many things this Thanksgiving week but for starters, meeting other travelers to go on wonderful trips with!

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? The most challenging part of this week is navigating the train system during a strike. This is my second weekend trip where I've run into a strike. This situation sheds a lot of light onto how important the trains are for everyone in the city!

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. This week I wanted to make my host family's first Thanksgiving special. I made hand-turkey decorations for each place setting at our dinner. My family had a surprise as well and had made a garland for paper hands to write what we were thankful for. We hung them all together and they look wonderful!

Tell us about your week!  This week I took an exciting weekend trip with another traveler to Cinque Terre. After checking the weather, we were expecting to run to have a scenic, but very rainy trip. There was a terrible rainstorm the day before we arrived that had made the hiking trails we wanted to take inaccessible, and knocked out Wi-Fi and cell towers across the region. No matter the weather, we were still set out to make the most of our trip and see the beautiful coast line. As our train pulled into the first town we saw that it was absolutely gorgeous weather. Immediately, we left our coats and bags and set off for the beach. I could not have dreamed of better weather in November. The buildings along the towns were incredible with all of the different colors. It was very interesting to see the pairing of colors for the shutters and the building walls. I would have never thought to have chosen the way they had, which made them even more spectacular and memorable. After visiting a handful of the towns, we decided to add in a short trip to Pisa and see the incredible monuments there. I was told that the photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa don’t truly represent how much the tower leans, and they were right! I was a wonderful trip and I feel like we were able to see so much.  

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