Today, my father and I left Riomaggiore and went to Vernazza, which is the fourth village on this little course. We got on the train thinking it would take us to the stop right before this city. But it went right past that stop, and the next, and the next. Note to future travelers in Cinque Terre: Check train schedules.
So we wound up hiking back to the area. We hiked for about an hour and a half through some vinyards and olive groves clinging to this sheer cliff overlooking the West Coast of Italy. It was way too hot for hiking. Sweat simply dripped off my face, sending sweat and sunscreen cascading down my face and sunglasses to saturate the stubble accumulating on my unshaven face.
After the hike, we went swimming in the little bay in Vernazza, and I was stung by a jellyfish for the first time. It hurt! I have a little welt above my left tricep now. Fortunately it isn't too bad. Inform me of any home remedies, if you know any.
In the afternoon, I went hiking while my dad watched the ocean. We have quite a nice little communal patio from our hotel here.
I promise I will post pictures the minute I am in Belgium!