Rome and Cinque Terre, Italy
I was very excited when I landed in Rome to have my first international trip with my younger sister. The first couple of days in Rome we spent mostly eating wonderful authentic Italian food and walking around seeing the sights. We also went to an ice bar, which was really cool, and drank cocktails out of glasses made of ice. We also went to another pub with a large group of people we met and I got to sing karaoke!
After a couple of days in Rome, my sister and I took a train to Cinque Terre, where we had an Airbnb in Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre is just as beautiful as it is rumored to be. We spent our time in Cinque Terre doing endless climbing through the alleys and streets. We saw a lovely vineyard in Monterosso. I really wanted to do the hike through all the cities of Cinque Terre, but unfortunately, my sister wasn't up for it.
One particularly memorable evening, I was hanging out with some street artists. The painter I was talking to invited me and my sister over for dinner, where he made an amazing and very fresh and delicious Caprese salad. Then we went with some locals to a secluded side beach where we watched the stars as the tide came in in the dark. It was a very special evening.
Italy is amazing overall. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and the culture is rich. I definitely recommend everyone take an opportunity to visit Cinque Terre at some point in their lives and mix with the locals. You won't regret it.