If you know me well, you will know i have a phobia for almost everything. I mean, everything.. Heights, large shower heads, large mass of water, drainage channels, creeping insects.. Basically, everything. You feel me? So going to a Lake for a holiday wasn’t a first choice. I have been to Como before but it wasn’t as detailed as this so I didn’t have enough information to write on it.
Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian) has an area of 146 square kilometers (56 sq mi), making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (660 ft) below sea level. (That was Wikipedia, not me).
This time around, I went with a couple of people – my flatmate, Maggy and two guys from church who were also bored like us and were looking for where to go for the Easter Monday holiday. The train from Milan to Lake Como took about an hour, three minutes and boy, was it crowded! It was as if there was a general consensus that everyone in Milan should go to Como that day.
My first impression of the entire area was “OMG everywhere is so blue!” (Well, duh! Its a lake). But yeah, really, it was blue and beautiful. The water was clear and some people had their feet in it just sitting by the cobblestone steps by the lake.
Note: It’s Spring so it’s still too cold to whip out the bikinis and play in the water, which I saw people do last year.
There was a large fountain and trust I took pictures with it, although I couldn’t go so close (thankfully).
The most fun (and scary!!!) part of my experience was the paddle boat. Did you read that? I was going to be in a boat and paddle it myself.. Which meant my destiny was in my own hands. LOL. It took at least 10 minutes before I settled and stopped getting scared that it would topple over and I’d just sink to the bottom of the lake (because I cant swim, obviously) and the little fishes inside will feast on my skin.
Honestly, it wasn’t so bad.
We paid 5 euros for two boats and we were given a time frame of 30 minutes each… Which was a pretty good deal, if you ask me.
Warning: Skip leg day at the gym if you’re going to take the paddle boat. I couldn’t stand for like 15 minutes.
Anyway, we were pretty much tired after this and we went to eat and went back to Milan. Overall, it was a great experience. I’ve learnt that stepping out of my comfort zone is only scary for like some minutes and then I relax into it and (I hate to say this) enjoy it.
Also, I discovered many famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como, such as Matthew Bellamy, Madonna, George Clooney. Maybe next time I visit, I can go-a-knocking. Haha.
Till next time… xx
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