Monday, May 16, 2016
If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi coast, we suggest that you base yourself in Sorrento where the hotels are cheaper yet it's close and convenient enough for you to visit the many coastal towns on a day trip. For 8 euros, you can get a 24 hour hop-on-hop-off bus pass. The roads are super narrow and swervy so prepare yourself for a nauseating but worthwhile ride! Frog and I took the bus to visit the towns of Amalfi and Ravello (make sure you eat lunch after the bus trip). Amalfi lends its name to the coast and is famous for its gorgeous Byzantine-style Cathedral. Ravello is perched higher on the cliffs than the other towns and it's famous for its luxurious villas, gardens and musical performances. The day started out sunny and promising but a unexpected downpour rained on my mood to take photos. Such a shame because Ravello looked so dreamy in the rain.
During this trip, Frog and I talked about how fortunate we are to be able to travel for leisure. In the past, I would've defended myself by saying that I saved up my money through hard work therefore I deserved a vacation. But now, I know things are not that simple. Travel is a privilege, not a right. Not everyone has the freedom, the money, the time and health to jet off. That's why we wanted to make the most of our trip and see as much as possible. Switching to this mindset also made our return back home easier because we were more aware of the fortunate circumstances that allowed us to travel in the first place: our stable jobs with paid vacation time, supportive family and friends, our health... All simple things that we forget from time to time.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
While Googling pictures of the Amalfi coast, I was struck by the otherworldly images of Positano: the cliff hugging colorful houses, the incredible sunsets, the rows of parasols that look like candies on the beach. I imagined that Frog and I would spend our days relaxing on the beach overlooking the gorgeous turquoise blue waters or enjoying a lemon sorbet after a hike under the sun. Instead we were met with a moody weather forecast. It was overcast most of the time with the sun peeking through the rain clouds of curiosity. Sometimes you don't get what you expect but you still get a pleasant surprise: the low hanging clouds and soft light gave Positano a very serene look. Despite the fact that the high season was just starting, there were already many tourists eager to take a bite out of this dream-like destination. Frog and I stayed at the Venus Bed & Breakfast: it had the most amazing hillside and ocean view. Our host, Gippy was extremely friendly and made us feel welcome. He was always up for a friendly chat and offered us advice on what to see and where to go. Originally from Rome, Gippy worked as a salesman selling various goods and services. It was a very stressful lifestyle and whenever people saw him: they'd roll their eyes and go: "ahhh not another one..." So when his grandfather offered him to take over the B&B, he didn't hesitate. In Positano, he worked as a barman in one of the resorts and met his future-wife while she was on vacation from Hungary. It's the ultimate vacation love story!
We met the chillest cats here: they'd approach you to offer you their butts to scratch and didn't give you attitude if you didn't rub them in their preferred spot. Now that's what I call the Positano effect: even the cats are laid back and friendly :)