Unless you want to count England since we're already there, then seven down, one to go. But we haven't explored it yet so back to six!
07/27/2012 65 °F
Amsterdam July 12th-16th
Amsterdam was a unique experience. We stayed in the hostel the Globe and Sports bar. It had good food and an awesome view of the canal from my bunk bed. We were looking out to a busy road with the view of the canal. We had some fun in the window with people walking by the hostel looking up in the window haha! We met up with Dylan and went to the Van Gogh Museum and went to the Heineken Brewery tour with Dylan and some of his friends! The Heineken Museum was awesome we took two of the glasses from the tour and Moe's broke in his bag like a day later haha. We also met some awesome people Parker and Liam who are basically taking the same trip we are. We also met some awesome young woman Roisin, Arlene, and Clara! We had a good time in Amsterdam, but I don't think I will return. We also went to the Ann Frank house and decided to not go in because of how long the line was. I regret not going in but, you live and learn!
Then comes Berlin July 16th-19th
Berlin the land of reunions! Remember the guys we met in Munich, Kory and Kenny? We made plans with them to meet in Berlin we booked the same hostel they did. So when we got there they were waiting for us in the lobby. We checked in and walked into the 50 bed dorm room and those girls we met in Amsterdam Roisin, Arline, and Clara who we thought we would never see again were in the first bunks and we walked into the room! It must be fate we all went out and had a great time that first night! We went to an Irish pub then another bar, and then Narnia haha! The girls had to leave the next day but we did get their contact information this time so we can communicate because they were going to be in Prague part of the time we were there as well! The next day we thought we lost Kenny because he was gone when we woke up so we went to lunch and part of the Berlin Wall Memorial and when he got back we did a tour of the city. The next day we went to the Jewish Memorial on the way we got some Kababs that were awesome. Kenny and Kory had to leave afterward, we tried to convince them to go to Prague with us but they didn't go for it. After the boys left we just hung out then we went and saw the movie 5 year engagement which was pretty funny! Then we were going to take a free walking tour the next morning before we left for Prague but we were too tired.
Prague very cool city and home of the hostel Elf which we stayed at. The hostel was pretty sketchy when we walked up to the entrance. The hostel had alot of character and was very nice I would reccomend it to anyone! Parker and Liam were in Prague at the same time as us they were actually on the same train from Berlin to Prague. They were too cool for us though in both Berlin and Prague. We did have some tour buddies though through-out Prague Sarah and Shelby the girls we met breifly in Munich. We had alot of fun though, we did the walking tour together, the pub crawl, going to the castle, and going to the see the orchestra of Motzarts music. The Old City Square was beautiful. Alot of history in Prague very interesting. The day we were leaving was the day Roisin, Arline, and Clara were getting there, so we made lunch plans with them before we left! Roisin, Clara, Moe, and I went to a restraunt in the New Town Square then we figured out that we needed a reservation for the train we were planning on taking so we didn't leave for Berlin till like 430 when we were planning leaving at like 230. So we just ended up hanging out with them in the park near the train station for a while which was actually very nice! The train we ended up taking took longer as well we didn't get to our hostel till like 1230 and we checked out at noon the same day so we literally only used the hostel for sleep and a shower.
Frankfurt July 22nd-23rd
Frankfurt was short and interesting. Frankfurt at least by the train station is not for a family visit. The hostel was very nice though! We were only there for like 12 hours but I was happy with that. Then off to Paris!
Paris July 23rd-26th
Paris was the place I wasn't all too excited for but, I was pleasantly suprised! The Eiffel Tower was amazing and huge! It was an awesome view at night from the top of the Arc De Triomphe! Parker and Liam were in Paris at the same time as well so we actually ran into them in the Louve and made plans to get dinner and go up on the Arc De Triomphe! Well worth the money to go up there and get a great view of the Eiffel Tower and the whole city! We also saw the Cathedral of Notre Dame which was very cool! We did alot of walking in Paris it was exhausting. On Tuesday the first full day we were there we walked to the Eiffel Tower and to the Louve but, the Louve was closed which we have no idea why but it was alot of wasted walking for nothing. The next day we actually looked up where the chipotle was in Paris and went there for lunch then went to the Louve where we ran into Liam and Parker. The Louve is huge just like the Vatican, there is no way to truly cover it in a day.
Now we are in London for the Olympics you will have to wait to hear about that in a few days hopefully thats when we make our next post! Sorry this one was soo late! Peace out!
Moe: Longest delay so far and we're sorry! A lot to share so I also apologize for this being very long.
Day 22- Last day of Brussels. Not important enough to remember. I think we ate food, lunch and dinner. We probably walked around a bit. I was probably bummed because it was cold. Brussels, eh. Saw that live concert in a different language. What an experience... Couldn't tolerate it too much, it was cold and I was in sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. Pack better!
Day 23: Off to Amsterdam! Hostel near the train station, sounds good. Hostel with a great view of the canal, alrighty. Hostel that doesn't appear sketchy, we're in good shape to start off our Netherland tour. Slept, did laundry cause my clothes were beginning to smell like something I hope they never smell like again. Went out to dinner with some of our hostel mates, Dave from England, Marshall from D.C., Arlene, Clara, and Roisin from Ireland. After dinner we grabbed some drinks, sat along the canal and enjoyed a relaxing night.
Day 24: We're saving any tours and such for when Dylan gets here. He gets here tonight so today was just another food and lounge day. Nothing that stuck out too much. Although our hostel had some amazing burgers. Yum. Dylan arrived! The Irish girls, Marshall, Dylan, Pat and I roamed the streets and walked around the Red Light District. Yeah, I don't see myself going back there. Walked around some more and called it a night.
Day 25- The Irish girls left today =( Bummer. We bought tickets to the Van Gogh exhibit and the Heineken Museum. We decided to spread them out and went to the Van Gogh exhibit. It was real cool to see his stuff, but also a let down because as a person who knows very little about painting techniques, history, and about the artist, it was merely a moment for me to walk around and think "Oh, yeah, that's a cool painting. Yeah, I see how that brush stroke is different from that brush stroke which means he was doing something different. I respect it." Thirty minutes later, I ran out of cliche expressions and we saw all the art pieces. Still very cool to see, though! More meandering and on to the next day!
Day 26- Heineken Museum, fairly legit. Learned how to drink a beer properly. Stole a Heineken glass. Broke my Heineken glass. Lasted a whole day. Didn't even get to use it a second time. More food. More meandering. We walked to the Ann Frank house. Line was longer than most rides in Cedar Point. Enough for me to decide to turn around. I'll watch a documentary on it.
Day 27- We leave for Berlin! As Pat stated, this was our reunion spot. Parker and Liam, two Vancouverites we met in Amsterdam were here but we didn't meet up with them, were in the area. Kenny and Kory, the Vancouverites we met in Munich were here. We intentionally booked the same hostel as them so we could kick it again. Walked into our 50 person dorm and who do we see!? Well, if you are reading this that means you already read Pat's section, making the suspense not really suspensful. The Irish ladies were there! We all went out for dinner and then to an Irish pub. It was great seeing both groups again.
Day 28- Irish girls left again =( Bummer. Again. Kenny went on an adventure so Kory, Pat and I roamed Berlin for a while. We saw the Berlin Wall and read up on it. Crazy to think that the wall was just coming down as I was being created/born. The walls were up in random parts of town to serve as a reminder. I remember reading an article on a couple affected by the Berin Wall. One of the greatest love stories, google Elvira Profe and the Iron Curtain, you'll find it. Met up with Kenny and then we all went to dinner with a guy named Dave from somewhere in Canada. It's slipping my mind right now. Kory, Kenny, Pat and I said goodbye to Dave and wandered to downtown Berlin and saw the Jewish Memorial amongst other things.
Day 29- I don't know what happened on this day...? All I remember is watching Five Year Engagement. In English! That was a plus. Oh! We also said goodbye to the guys =( Kenny and Kory, hope your trip kicked butt. We'll see ya back in North America sometime! We ate at Subway today. I feel like that was fairly significant to share. AH! We went to the Jewish Museum with the guys before they left. I could just rewrite this paragraph, but I'm going to leave it as is so you can visualize the difficulty I had remembering this day. I mean it was essentially forever ago.
Day 30- Travel day! Off to Prague. Not originally planned but we had days to kill before Paris and it was highly recommended by quite a few people. Had trouble with my shower. Flooded the bathroom, got my clothes and towel soaked. Didn't have time to dry it before putting it in my bag. Yeah, awesome smells when we finally got to Prague. Plus I had someone on the train grab my bag because I couldn't get through the crowd and they were disgusted by the drips that got on them. Sorry! Oh! The crowd! We had to stand basically the whole way there! It sucked. That train was so crowded. Oh well, made it to Prague. Hostel looked sketchy, but I'm typing this so I didn't die. Very earthy feel. Felt like I was in a big tree house. One of our hostel mates was a huge Harry Potter fan! Tipped me off about the wax museum that had Harry Potter in the window out front! Why pay for a wax museum when the one thing I would want to see is already right there in the window! Rookie mistake, Wax Museum.
Day 31- Reunion day again! Well Parker and Liam are somewhere in Prague but we also met up with Shellby and Sarah from Minnesota! We did the walking tour which left me unable to process any thoughts afterwards. Way too much info. Barely remembered what city we were in. Saw Harry Potter in the window of the wax museum =) Noice! Saw some cool performers in the Old Town. Old Town and New Town looked gorgeous. I see why so many movies use Prague as shooting locations. More stuff happened but I mainly remember Harry Potter so I'm assuming just food. I did however eat my McDonald's way too fast. Ended with me throwing it up =( It was good, not as good on the way back up.
Day 32-Met up with the girls again. We bought tickets to a Mozart Opera. We went to the castle! Beautiful view! We paid to go up the clock tower (most overrated attraction in Europe, not my words but I will agree, not the view but the actual clock itself). Paled in comparison to the free view from the castle. Got a haircut cause it was turning into a fro then we went to the opera. It was really sweet. Only lasted an hour, my first time in an Opera so if that's how long they typically are then grand! If not, well it was still fun. Went to a pub where we decided to be the cool kids and played Hearts and Euchre. I won Hearts fairly convincingly.
Day 33- Bye Minnesotians! Today was travel day? We met up with, guess who....the Irish girls! for lunch. Some confusion with our train so we had two hours to kill in the park right outside the train station. Clara and Roisin joined us. I wasn't one to complain. What happened on the train though, possibly ruined my life for good. So we're searching for a seat, no luck. I'm thinking it's going to be like our train to Prague, and I was getting worried that we would have to stand the whole time again. No thank you. We find two empty seats! Lucky us. I go to sit down, and one of the kids stop me. "Someone got too drunk and threw up in that seat..." Ah, decision time. I didn't want to stand so I pulled the sacrifice move. I let Pat take the clean seat, pulled out my poncho and sat in the puke covered seat. Oh, the smell. Chewing gum, a book, and a concentrated effort to keep my mind on the pleasant things in life helped me survive. Made it to Frankfurt with only my life scarred for good but still in tact. Frankfurt was nice, kind of dirty. For a second I thought we took a wrong turn. From the train to our hostel it was strip club, strip club, massage parlor (assuming happy endings were part of the package), strip club, restaurant, and another strip club. The hostel was nice.
Day 34- Off to Paris! Two trains that were packed. No way we get a good seat on this train. So we thought. We grab lunch, casually walk to the train. It's there early, we looked perplexed but walked on. Our gameplan was to abandon trying to find two seats next to each other and just take the first two that didn't have a reservation. As soon as we get on, two seats next to each other, not reserved. Not too bad. We were told we would have to pay to reserve the seats once we get on to the train. First conductor didn't charge us. Hour later second conductor wants to see our reservations and wants us to purchase them, explained what happened, he let us slide. Not gonna argue. Made it to Paris...France...I have an unnatural dislike for France. Don't know why. Wasn't bad. I'd visit again. Went from hating it to feeling indifferent about it. It was very beautiful though.
Day 35- Still in Paris, Eiffel tower, cool. Burnt car that exploded near our hostel while we weren't there before we even arrived in Paris but we're gonna make it seem like we were right next to it when it happened, that was interesting, we took pictures. Warm weather and consistent sun!! I forgot that that could still happen. I got a sandal tanline, pretty sweet, not gonna lie.
Day 36- The Louvre! We were gonna go yesterday but of course, it was closed. The only day of the week it's closed, a Tuesday! Come on, France! Make it Sunday or something easier to predict for those who don't research these things, which really only leaves Sunday! Monday would've been understandable. Potentially Saturday. But Tuesday? Well today is Wednesday so we got to see it today. Too many things, everything was written in French. I took a picture of a couple things. I'll post those later if anyone who understands the French language would be willing to translate those, I would be delighted. Again, I'll probably have to watch a documentary on the Lovure to understand half the things I saw. Saw the Mona Lisa. Really? People were almost climbing on top of each other to get a solid picture of it. I mean I joined the climb ten minutes later but whoa! Lost about forty lbs due to sweating as well. Dear Louvre, You're hot. Sincerely, Guy Who Perspirates Enough As It Is. Chipotle!!!! Ate at Chipotle. Met with Parker and Liam. Went to the Arc. Saw the Notre Dame. Saw Eiffel Tower at night. Beautiful.
Day 37- Off to London! I need a shower. I'm smelling super funky. Nothing happened today. We got into our hostel, I slept all day. Pat read a book. We ate food. Olympics!!!! We will get in there! I will wear some combination of Red, White, and Blue. Maybe a star and a stripe if I can manage it. Didn't pack anything with a star on it =( We will try to post much sooner than the end of the trip. I think I said that the last couple of times so worst case scenario, expect to hear about the rest of our trip when we're back in the states. Best case, we post after London. Slightly in the middle case, we remember to post while we're in Spain. Now that you just finished reading a book, uh, we miss you and we love you! See y'all in two weeks.