So we knew we had a long day of travel ahead of us. We had to take a 3 hour train back to Florence, switch trains and take another 3 hour train to La Spezia then switch to a short train to Monteggerio, the first town of the Cinque Terre. Well the first train was great, it was a Eurostar train which is air conditioned and nice and roomy... great 3 hour trip back to Florence. Get to Florence and have about 45 mins between trains so we grab a bite to eat and go to the platform to wait for our connecting train. Well here comes the oldest, dingiest, regional train. We're thinking like okay, can't be THAT bad. Oh it was bad. I literally wanted to squirt my hand sanitizer all over my seat before I sat down lol. On the regional trains you can open all the windows so we attempted to make it a bit more comfortable since it was 30 degress with no AC and sweaty Italians everywhere lol. Didn't really help too much. Anyways, Ill stop complaining because I know im so lucky to be here and it was just a 3 hour train from hell out of 2 months of amazingness lol. So we got to La Spezia and hopped off just to hop back on the next train right away, same deal, stenches of I don't really even wanna know were wafting around lol but only had an 8 min ride to our destination. FINALLY made it to Cinque Terre and soooooooooo worth a long travel day. Cinque Terre is 5 towns in the Italian Riviera built into the side of the cliffs along the ocean. Everything is built upwards, its crazy. What was also crazy was hiking up the steepest street, and then like 500 stairs and another hill with all our gear on our backs! Only downfall of such a unique way of building a town lol. After the feeling of "I actually think I might have a heartattack" passed, we arrived at our little villa that had an amazing view. So once again, all worth it. These towns are all very small, mostly one main street with everything you need and that's about it. So we unpacked a little, showered and went to explore our little home for the next couple days (making sure nobody forgot anything and unecessarily had to hike back up to our place lol) Found the only little bar in town and had a few drinks and met a few other backpackers. We were told it wasn't a very touristy area, but along with all the locals there were quite a few tourists and backpackers. We decided we were going to hike the 5 towns the next day so got a couple opinions on which way to go about it, whether to train to the 5th town and hike back, or start in our town and hike all 5 and take the boat back. In the end decided to hike there and boat back. Upon making this decision, we all decided to stop our alcohol intake at that point lol. Everyone's stories of this brutal hike told us it was bedtime. So we headed to bed to get some rest to conquer this thing. Woke up and headed out pretty early, from the first town to the 2nd was a breeze as I wondered what everyone made the big fuss about. By the time we stopped for lunch in the middle at the 3rd town I was a little tired, but still good. By the 5th town Monterosso, honestly had to look down every few mins to make sure my legs were still attached to my torso. It was the most intense hiking I've ever done from the 3rd to the last town. Like straight up steps and then straight down and up and down, ended up taking us 6 hours including lunch to finish the thing. But it was again, so worth it. Had some gelato when we finished the hike and caught the boat back to town. We showered and made a great meal with lots of fresh meats, and cheeses and bruchetta and pesto, their local markets have the freshest groceries its so nice. Went out for what we thought would be a glass of wine, but ended up closing the bar down, bringing our plastic cups to the marina and finishing the night there with a few people we met. Woke up and cleaned the place up and checked out around 10. Grabbed some breakfast and fruit and sandwiches for our train to Milan and made our way to the train station. Needless to say, we were a little hungover from the previous night, and not thinking quite right. So we hop on the regional train just to Monterosso to connect with our train to Milan, sit down, don't even take our backpacks off cuz we're getting off right away, and along comes the woman checking everyone's tickets. Well its a big rule in Europe with your Eurail Pass to write the day of travel on it BEFORE they come to validate it. Didn't even think about it and she says right away shes charging us all 50 Euros ($90) each. Not the friendliest woman ever, and we thought for a minute she was going to confiscate Leah's pass. But in the end we tried to be as nice and polite as we could and she only charged us 50 Euros for all 4 of us. First bump in the road of they day is over. Get to the train station to see on the news that there was a huge train derailment in La Spezia where we came from 2 days before and 15 people died. So trains cancelled and and delayed everywhere. In the end our train was delayed 2 hours, but we finally made it to Milan at around 6pm on Tuesday, June 30th. Leah and Shannon's friend Hannah has been in fashion school in Milan for 3 years and is graduating this week, and was nice enough to invite us to stay at her apartment for the week. So her and and her boyfriend Yari met us at the train station and took us by metro to Hannah's apartment. Relaxed for a bit, grabbed some food at about 1am and went to bed. Spent all the next day shopping, not surprised how great the shopping is in Milan. Haven't bought anything this whole trip, but found a few great things in the first store lol. Everyone is so stylish with their Louie's and Prada's. Back home you know they're all fake but not here! We're all in awe of Hannah's closet. Anyways, finished shopping and met up with Yari and his roomate Nikolas for happy hour at a pub near the city centre. You pay 7 Euros for a drink and then get all you can eat from 6-9, best discovery ever! Food was amazing and were STUFFED for 7 Euros. Yari's friend owns a bar down the street so after dinner we made our way there, ended up spending the rest of the night having drinks there. I had the worst migraine Ive ever had, so I wasn't really enjoying myself, til Yari left and got me some kind of headache pills they take here (I now call them magic pills lol) Got rid of my headache and we had a great night there. It's like an outdoor pub, really relaxed and good music. I have to mention the ambulance that pulled up and we thought they were there to pick up this plasted guy sittin on the street maybe, but we were wrong... all 3 of the paramedics walk into the bar area, light up smokes, order 3 beers, down the beers in about 4 mins and then dance back to the ambulance like that's freakin normal! We couldn't believe it, like I prayed to God after that that I don't get sick or hurt and need an ambulance here. Crazy Italians! Anyways took a cab back to Hannah's apartment around 3 and went to bed.