I dragged myself back to the parking lot with shoes being caked in mud and two-layer pants smelling not so pleasantly. My then-roomate Katy didn't look any less pathetic as she carried her wet and stinky shoes throughout the seven-hour trail.
The whole track spans over 19km across breath-taking volcanic terrains, and from the highest point no one could resist a photo opportunity with the world famous Emerald Lake that has long become an icon of the crossing.
As we approached the ski resort, a fairytale-like landscape opened up in front of us with lovely wooden cottages, icy stream and brownish mountains against the backdrop of clear blue sky.
Flixbus has been my No.1 choice of cheap transportation around Europe until recently when their terrible customer service screwed the hell up my travel plans.
My long-held dream is coming true. I'm going to backpack for the first time in my life around 9 countries in Europe for 31 days, starting from next Monday. One more tick off my bucket list!
After several days of drizzle, the sun finally returned and we did not miss the chance to get out of town for a little excursion.
Garzirola is a mountain of the Lugano Prealps on the Swiss-Italian border, two hours away from Milan by car.