a wee bit of procrastination...
09.03.2010 - 11.06.2010
Hello all!! So thus far, this blog has been an epic FAIL!! Its been difficult to find places with cheap internet in Europe, and quite honestly it has been a bit too much partying and getting used to constantly being on the road. To start I want to apologize for my spelling in this post and lack of details about my trip so far. I am posting simply to get a start on this blog and give an update about places I have visited so far and my upcoming plans.
At first I was diligently writing down all the places I went and things I did everyday, but after about a week and a half, that ended. So, I am going to sum up by simply saying I have been culturing myself throughout Europe and just give a brief recollection of places visited so far. These are the places I have visited ...
The first part (Scotland, N. Irleand, Ireland, Bristol, & Bath) I was on my own and stayed with local people through an online organization called couchsurfing. It was a great time....I met loads of interesting people, saw places through a more local perspective, and got to do lots that I otherwise would not have been able to.
I then met up with a good friend, Andra, in London. She had previously lived there for 2 years, so we were able to stay with some of her friends and got to see places that normally tourists miss, such as Brick Lane, 1001, Blackheath, and loads of markets. Overall, our time in London was a bit too short (4 days), so I was not able to do lots of things that I wanted to including Tate Modern and Westminster Abbey. Andra and I then travelled through Portugal, Spain, and Rome together. It was an incredible time filled with warm weather, good food, and SUPER cheap wine! Couldn't ask for a better time!
After Rome, I tried to make my way to Montpellier, France to visit a friend who is teaching there but...the French love their strikes, so half of the trains were cancelled making it impossilbe for me to get there. So instead, I went to Paris and ended up staying for 5 days, which would not have been a problem except it is SO expensive.
I was able to finally escape from France to Belgium and met up with a friend in Brugge. It was such a beautiful, quaint town that I recommend everyone to visit. We travelled through Belgium together, visiting Brussels and Ghent on day trips from Brugge. After, we went to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Poland, which is where I am now.
All the places I have been so far have been awesome and I am loving Poland. From Krakow, I am planning on going to Zakopane for a few days to visit the mountains and get out of the city. After, I will probably head to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary before making my way to Croatia. The only deadlines I have are: I must be out of the EU before December 3rd, and I must pick up my Iranian visa in Turkey before January 19th. Everything else in between is up in the air!
Sorry for my lack of posting and updates and this boring post. I promise to update more often and have more details from now on! I have uploaded pictures from my trip so far...so have a look! Hope you are all well and send some updates about life at home!