Photo Byte: Soaking Up Cinque Terre

A seagull looks out over Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre coastline.
A seagull looks out over Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre coastline.

It was a swelteringly hot late-August day—one of my very first in Italy—and actually, one of my first travel adventures ever. My study abroad in Italy marked a lot of firsts for me. My first time out of the U.S. (aside from a few visits to Niagara Falls), my first time on a plane, and my first long-term travel stint.

Everything was new and exciting! There was a lot to take in in 16 weeks, and I was determined to make the most of it. And I did it all at lightning speed.

I see this lone seagull sitting here, soaking in his surroundings, and I find myself wishing I’d taken the time to do the same. When you find yourself in a truly enchanting place—such as Cinque Terre—take a few moments to just “be.” Those are the memories you’ll hold onto. Those are the moments that find their way to your heart and make you fall in love with a new place.

Places

Cinque Terre, Italy

Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, La Spezia, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, La Spezia, Italy
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