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Cinque Terre Was the Experience of a Lifetime

Eva Chillura

Eva Chillura

Eva Chillura, Staff Writer

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I’m standing at the top of the world with hundreds of foreign eyes on me and only one place to go — down.

The rocks under my feet are slick and warm.  One wrong step could send me over the edge.

The Mediterranean glittered under the afternoon sun. It was only around five minutes that I waited up there on that rock, but it felt an eternity.  Then, I took the leap.

In the weeks prior to my trip to Italy, I had done extensive research on all of the places my family and I were to go, and the five little waterfront towns of Cinque Terre was on the list.  Cinque Terre is in northern Italy, and it is incredibly beautiful.

While I was doing my research on Cinque Terre, I came across many videos of people jumping of this same rock every time. They would effortlessly climb up this enormous rock and just step off like it was nothing.

Of course I thought that was the coolest thing ever. And of course I hadn’t ever jumped off of a rock anywhere. And of course I had to do it.  

I was determined to jump off a 30-foot rock into the Mediterranean.

We got to Cinque Terre and visited two of the five small towns before arriving in the most anticipated spot of our trip (or at least mine), Manarola. The amount of people there was insane. There were crowds waiting just as we got off of the train. We all moved like cattle all the way to the sea, and there it was.  

In plain sight was the rock. And Italians everywhere were watching all of the crazy people jump. I was queasy.

My older cousin and sister were with me as we started to make out way down to the water. The sea was cool but refreshing in the July heat, and it was incredibly salty.  

We warmed ourselves up for the jump by swimming around, watching others make the leap, and by jumping off of the smaller rocks around it. This helped, but we were all still nervous.  

We looked up at the rock and looked at each other. We looked up at the rock again and looked at each other.

The next thing I know is that I am trailing behind them almost reaching the top.  First goes my cousin. Then my sister. Leaving me with complete strangers staring a long way down at a deep dark abyss.

As I am trying to fathom the thought of me jumping, I hear the the seven words that pushed me off the rock and into the sea.

“Eva, we’re going to miss our train!” my mom yelled at me from the land’s edge.

And I jumped. I was falling for what seemed like 10 minutes until I finally hit water. Hit is a good word to use. I had slight bruises on the back of my legs the next morning.  

But, man, did it feel amazing. I felt so rejuvenated afterwards that if we had more time I would jump over and over again.

This might have been an experience of a lifetime, but I am going to make an effort to go back and do it once more.

 

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