Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Grand Finale

We've spent the last three days relaxing at our Siena villa, catching up on sleep and drinking some good Tuscan wine. We made it on a wine tour of Chianti, compliments of our awesome driver, Paulo. Today, we're off to Rome, our last stop before heading back to the states, we'll let you know how it goes!


Nikki and Carley

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ciao, Italia!

Well, we might not have had fireworks for the Fourth of July, but we definitely celebrated...

We did a ropes course from Murren to Gimmewald which scaled cliffs, crossed giant waterfalls, and left us both a little shaky.

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Luckily, one of the workers at the Mountain Hostel offered to be our guide, so we weren't alone. If it wasn't for him, I might still be frozen on the cliff! Anyway, we made it through the 3 hour course unscathed and celebrated with a beer upon our return. The next day, we departed Switzerland and headed to Italy! Unfortunately, Italy is not as organized with their train system as the other countries we've visited, and we got yelled at in some language we didn't understand and then shoved onto another train. We thought we were going to have to spend the trip sitting in between cars next to the bathroom, but luckily, a train attendent found us a place to sit. We met some fellow travelers heading to Nice who shared a few laughs with us about our travels as well. We finally made it to Venice and tried to make the most of our time there since we had less than a day to explore the city. Venice was definitely unlike anything we had ever seen, and we had the opportunity to travel along the canal and see some of the incredible sights. The next day, we departed to the Cinque Terre. We are currently staying in Riomaggiore. It is beautiful and very hot here. We are planning to spend the next few days enjoying some swimming, hiking, and good food. Well, out to enjoy the sun!


Nikki and Carley

Friday, July 2, 2010

4000m up, up, up!

So, we continued in Germany a few more days to meet up with some of my relatives in Nurnberg and Ingolstadt and then spent a day in Munich. A big thank you to my family for giving us place to stay and feeding us delicious food! It was so good to see you all again even if it was for just a short time. It's you're turn to come to the US! We trained, bused, and gondola-ed into Gimmewald today. It is absolutely gorgeous here. We got our first taste of rain in a while, which was refreshing. We're off for some hiking tomorrow, and maybe even a little extreme sporting...we'll see.

Nikki and Carley