. The taxi dropped us off as close to the hostel as he could. The neighborhoods and streets were so little it was hard to get around unless you were walking or driving a vesba (scooter). We found out hostel and the lady working there was very nice. She gave us a map of the island and an agenda for us to work with to make sure that we will see everything. We unpacked, changed and then headed to the piazza for some lunch. We then moved on to the center of town to take a chair lift to the top of the mountain. Yeah, I can not believe I did this...it was terrifying, but definatly worth it. The view...as much as my body would allow me to see with the smallest amount of movement, was amazing! We reached the top and then just walked around...unable to speak. You could see the open ocean, sail boats, the grottas, open fields, and the houses in the cliffs. I climbed over the fence and walked towards the edge of the cliff, so get a better view. I could not believe the splendor! The other girls came over also, but before we could get picture happy we were stopped by a PR person who said that we need to move because we were in the shot. Apparently they were shooting a music video for a german singer. All I can say is that I could sing better than her! After photos, we went back down...which was a LOT scarier than coming up!!! AFter having stared at the ocean for so long, we were ready to lay out in the sun. We did not find a sandy beach, but rather slabs of rocks where people were just laying on. A few of us started going in the water by ladder, but it was too cold...so instead, we jumped off of a cliff into the water!
! It was a weekend of facing my fear of heights let me tell you! I stood there...looking out ,down and backwards. I knew I had to do this, but how could i!? I closed my eyes, took a deap breath and ran. I felt the the cold stone leave my feet and then nothing. All I saw was a stretch of blue, some jagged looking rocks, and stephanie and Joy who were rooting me on in the water. It was a lot higher as I was falling...and once i was in...water in every crevas. It was a little painful due to the salt I kept forgetting about, but totally worth it! The water, again, was the most unique navy color I had ever seen. There were a lot of waves because of the boats, but it was fun! Red and Kristen joined us and we had a magical time. It was now 4pm and we were now on a mission. Our hostel lady told us about the blue grotta and how if we wait for the boats to leave (it cost €8 for their little boats to take you in and out) around 4-4:30, we can swim in for free! Of course we were all about free entertainment, and so we wrapped our towels around us and walked down the road a bit. We grabbed some wine and ice cream and waited for the boats to leave and then finally, it was our time! We jumped in the cold water again, and we were all nervous and excited! We swam into the small, dark hole in the cliff and then suddenly, the most heavenly glow of the grotta started shining. The reason for the name of the blue grotta came as clear as the water. The cave was dark except for the blue glow beneath us. We then decided to get even more daring and took off our swimsuits
! Yes, I, Brandi Machus went skinny dipping in the blue grotta!!! It was the most exhilarating experience any of us had ever had! It was so much fun and we couldnt stop laughing. It was very free to swim in your birthday suit in that kind of setting, I highly reccommend that YOU do it at some point in your life. About 20 minutes later, a large boat pulled up and people jumped out to swim..we shrieked and hurried to put our suits back on. We then swam out with smirks on our faces because what we had just dared to do! Later on, after getting ready, we headed to the lighthouse. It was gorgeous...of course. We were the only ones there and it was very peaceful. We only stayed there a half hour because our stomachs got the best of us, we needed to eat! We found the cutest family run pizzeria restaurant. The prices were good and we ate a lot. By the end of the meal, the plans of going out had somewhat disinegrated. We were so full and so tired from the day, we went back to the hostel and went to bed by 11:30. We all laughed and couldnt believe how old we were...we called our room the Granny Shack.
This morning we awoke early yet again to pack up and head to the lobby for some free breakfast. I had a deliscious cioccoletto cornetto then we all headed towards the port to catch a Ferry over to the island of Capri. We bought the ticket for the soonest ferry which was leaving in about 5 minutes, and so luggage in hand, we RAN! I believe there was a slight tornado in Sorrento at that moment. We made it in time, hopped on board and had a seat. This boat was very big and reminded me of the inside of an airplane the way the seats were arranged. The journey did not seem very long and so once we docked, we got off and a nice sailor pointed us in the direction of the bus. The bus we need was taking forever and so we decided to take a taxi to our hostel. The taxi's on capri were really cool, they had an additional segment attatched to it so it can hold 3 more people than normal. It was also a convertible which was perfect to see the view! The drive was a little scary due to the curves and narrow streets, but the heavenly view made us forget about the near death experiences we were dealing with