If you haven't read Tim's description of our Cinque Terre trip (immediately below this post), I recommend doing that now.
Since Tim already covered the main points of the trip, I'm going to just toss out some details as I think of them. The first thing that comes to mind is our hostel. The bathroom floor around the toilet, which is never a place that's clean, was the same floor as the shower floor, since the showerhead just stuck out of the wall. That was a little gross.
The good thing about the hostel, though, was that in order to get to our room we had to pass through someone else's room. On the surface this seemed a little strange, but it turned out well, because while preparing to say Evening Prayer Saturday night, the following conversation took place:
Tim: "Nisha, Mike and I are about to say some prayers that we do every night. So don't think I'm talking to you when I say 'Lord, make haste to help me' or anything like that."
Nisha: with the tone that Tim is a dork "OK"
Girl in next room: "Is that Liturgy of the Hours?"
Mike: in a surprised tone, since practically no one knows what Liturgy of the Hours is "Yes...care to join us?"
So that's how we met Caitlin (aka G.i.N.R.), who goes to school in Minnesota, but is currently studying in Rome. We talked to her for a bit, and she hung out with us some on Sunday. Since we're travelling to Rome in October, Tim gave her our email addresses so we can arrange to go to dinner or something.
That conversation reminds me: no one knows who "Nisha" and "Stephanie" (mentioned in the last post) are. They are roommates who live two floors below us. Nisha is from Texas. Stephanie is from England. We hang out with them quite a bit, since they both agree that Tim and I tell the funniest jokes around, and they tolerate our shenanigans. Along with three girls and two guys from Ireland, they were our travelling companions this weekend.
Speaking of humor, while waiting for the train this weekend:
Mike: (to Tim) "Dangit! I think I forgot my piecost back in Milan!"
Tim: "Oh man. Can you get another one?"
Mike: "I don't know. Stephanie, do you have a piecost I can borrow?"
Stephanie: "What's a pie cost?"
Mike: "About ten euros."
Tim and Mike: "Hahahahahahahaha!"
I should mention that Caitlin also fell for a variation of this joke, but that Nisha messed one up when we tried to do it to her.
(Lyzii and Cheryl: Stephanie and Nisha try to play cards with us fairly often, but they always lose, just like you do.)
I guess the last thing that I need to mention, since Tim didn't, is that we went swimming in the extremely blue water around Cinque Terre today. The water was pretty cold at first, but was nice after awhile. Unfortunately, Stephanie got stung by some sort of jellyfish or something, so we left. On the bright side, though, that meant no was in the sun long enough to get a sunburn.