Hello again.... Now that i am home and have spare time i have decided to upload a few more photos. On this webpage it takes a while as you have to select them individually... yeh yeh yeh blah blah blah, so if you would like to see a bunch of neveer before posted photos follow me to
Location: Home, Australia
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This boozer of a trip has now unfortunately come to an end. I landed back in melbourne on sunday night and am ready for any partying anyone wants to do. Ill contact ppl over the next few days, but ive now got my old melbourne number back again, so gimme a buzz if ya want.
ps. i might finally get some photos up
Location: San Sebastion, Spain
just a quicky
In spain in San sebastien at the moment, just spent a week in pamplona for the running of the bulls. Best festival ever, bloody crazy. ill be back next year.
Coming home next weekend so if anyone is up for drinks, let me know.
Spain is awesome, the whole travel bizzo is awesome but i gotta come home some stage i spose. I believe that no one i know was hurt in the bombings in london so thats cool, and well i was in spain so yeah.
hope all is well and see most people shortly.
Location: Nice, France
Bonjour - thats right ladies and gentlemen i am once again in the country of love romance and of course, wine and croissants. This ti,e it is a s,aller city called nice, i reckon youve all heard of it. Just got in today so ill update on whats been happnening the past few days.
Since my last entry i have partied some more with luca and his mates, learnt a bit more italian, aand spent a couple of nights on lucas yacht, on the west coast of italy. While i was still in perugia, everynight there was something goin on. The night after the big party, there was a concert in the city centre. it was an italian band and i didnt understand anything but it was free and the streets were pqcked with thousands and thousands of students and locals. Even better, your allowed to drink pretty much anywhere on this continent, so the night did not pass without a beer. Buonissimo!!!
The next day, after a well deserved sleep in, luca and i met up with an english girl, Helen, that studied in oxford and was studying in perguia at the time, and headed to a town called Asissi. This is a small town on the side of a mountain and is famous because it is where san francesco lived and spoke with trees and animals. Scenery was awesome and the basillica in town was amazing. That night we had dinner with a few of lucas mates, still not great at english, but good effort on trying guys!! and after a fez auite drinks at a place in town. The next day we whent to florence, in Lucas Mini!!! very very very nice car, im in love with mini's. Florence too was awesome and the cathedral there was brilliant. It has one of the biggest domes in the world and is just massive. Florence itself is a really nice city and is the birth place of the rennaisance. WOW. That night, back in perugia, another party, this time for one of lucas friends who had just graduated. He hired out part of a discotheque which had a pool, and alcohol was supplied. As you can imagine, not a quite night, and after heading to a reggae club afterwards, it wasnt until sunrise when my noggin finally hit the pillow.
Saturday, the day to leave perugia and head for the warm waters of the mederterainean, and lucas yacht. Although the yacht was mored the whole time, we slept drank and cooked on it, all the while the boat tipping fro, side to side. i want a yacht.
the first night, just casually driving dozn the main street of a town nearby, a couple of italian birds start yelling at our mini. Next thing i know luca has pulled over and these two young birds are cramming into the car. They were all speaking italian so i had no idea what was goin on. I found soon that Luca was being a gentleman and we were driving them to a discotheque 15 Minutes out of town. We ended up scoring free tickets off them somehow (still no english) but after paying 8 euro for our first drink we left shortly afterwards. On we went to another bar on the beach; where we were meeting a couple of birds that we met at the same time as the 2 we drove to the club. They overheard luca telling the girls i was australian, and as one of these new girls was also australian, we got chatting. Natalie, the Australian was a nanny at one of the local campsites, and could speak as much italian as me ane Stephanie was the sister of the kid that natalie nannies. We had drinks with them till the wee hours and decided that the next evening would be an awesome time to pull out a bbq. decided. Before the bbq the next day, many hours were spent turning myslef into an absolute lobster. Its always fun and later on our way home, luca overheard some stupid lady telling her son i wasnt a very smart boy, crazy italians. The water of the medeterainean (or whatever) is really warm, i was shocked when i first touched it and could not beleive it. Great afternoon, and becuase it is soo salty, you can just lay on top of the water and float without any effort. hmmmm Bellissimo.
That night the bbq was great, and although it seemed like moths were taking over the world and injuries were almost iminent with the fire twirlers (good fun and doesnt burn that much), the bbq was delicous, just what i needed. Another late night but unfortunately an early morning this morning as we had to get from our yacht to pisa in time for me to get a bus, but with lucas mini and the italian way of driving (double the speed limit ie. 90 limit means bloody fast) we managed to get there with time to spare.
Tomorroz barcelona and hopefully catch up aith dulce there.
Thanks again Luca i had an awesome time, will not forget it. SIC
ciao, au reviour, laters people
Location: Perugia, Italy
Ive done rome and i am now in a town called Perugia. Thisd is the town that my mate from oxford, Luca, lives in. I will stay here for about a week. I arrived yesterday by train and spent all afternoon helping luca and his mates set up "the" party. each year for summer sulstice they throw a party, advertise it around town - perugia has a large international university - and wait for people to show. The party is on a small beach on a lake, just outside perugia, which lucas family owns. everyone that comes, pays three euro, gets a stamp on their hand and then gets unlimited beer for the night, as well as some wine/coke thingy. Sound like fun?? It was awesome. I was the only person there that could not speak italian, it was great. Luca worked out today that there were probably about 500 to 600 people there, which shows how much it was goin off. I stood behind the bar for a bit, and people would start talking to me in italian like crazy, telling me what they wanted, and i would nod my head and listen, and then at the end say to them, "non parlo italiano" which means i dont speak italian. I amused myself, and some others as well.
Perugia is a smallish town, surrounded by hills with even smaller towns. Luca actually lives in one of the smaller towns, and from his room has a view of the surrounding hills covered in trees, a few other small towns and millions of sunflowers.
Over the next few days while im here, luca and i will drive a bit around italy, and definately go to a beach, it has been around 35-40 degrees pretty much since i have been in italy, not too shabby, and when i got out of the car just before (it is now past 7 at night) it was still 36 outside.. mmm yummy
well ive got other stuff to do so hope all is well and ill see a lot of you in a month, others maybe later!!!!!!
Location: Venice, Italy
hey guys, just a quicky.
im in venice in italy at the moment, which is absolutely amazing. No cars or bikes, just people wlaking around, getting lost, just like me. I got in here yesterday and was in munich before that. Munich was amazing and wasnt just about dirnking beer, althouhg 1 lt of beer is quite nice to the taste. In munich i went out to a castle called something along the lines of neuschwenstein. That was on the edge of the black forest, where the austrian and bavarian alps start. the scenery was tops. I went for a swim in a waterfall there too, but the water was chilly and that didnt last too long. The drive from munich to venice yesterday was a long one. 10 and ahalf hours, but it weas through the most amazing countryside and scenery. The austrian alps, followed by the dolomites here in italy. The whole time was spent just watching the scenery, and the italian job.
I write more when i find a cheaper internet place, paying this much for the ent is just not cool. I head down to rome in a few days then meet up with luca before making my way over to spain. Only 4 weeks or so till i return to melb, hmph. the weather over here is awesome now, not a cloud in the sky just sun afetr sun after sun. yummmy, about 35 degrees for the past week
just realised i havnt said anything much about prague or cesky krunmlov. Both in the czech republic, which ive decided that so far is my favourite country, although italy mite come close. Prague we just really spent drinking in a few places and checking out the scenery. After prague, Joel becky dana and i headed to cesky krumlov which is an old medievil town south of prague. we stayed here for 2 nights and in that time we met so many awesome people. the hostel had an awesome view from its balcony and a terrific atmosphere as well. There is a castle and the town was just really nice. On our full day there we went rafting down the river for about 4 hours, i think we were the only boat on the river going down backwards, but oh well, with beers stops along the side of the river everynow and then, we loved it.
the laid back atmosphere, helped with the awesome weather made this joing one of my favourites by far.
After cxech republic we headed to vienna, where i stayed for 2 nights before munich. That was an alright place, but moreof the same as the other cities. the amazing part was the castle over there. I loved it and the grounds were awesome. its hard to explain and when i get a chance ill put some photos up, but you cannot beleive how big these grounds where. there was a zoo inside them, as well. massive. well gotta go
hope all is good at home.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
well yesterday i jumped on a bus again after a nice relaxing time in berlin. The bus to prague was not that bad, and it was interesting to travel through some sort of hills, the part of europe ive been to already has pretty much no hills.
Got into prague last night and of course, dropped of at the hostel we are staying at (we being all the people that have been hanging out together since about brugges and paris, this includes... Joel, Dana, Becky, Jess and then more people that we always meet along the way).
The place we are staying at is a hostel/hotel and for some reason, joel myself becky and dana all scored rooms in the hotel section, which means im paying about 14 euro a night for a 3 bedroom place with ensuite, tv, beds made everyday and a free buffet breakfast, all you can eat. It also has a swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis courts and more. That was exciting.
Last night we got excited about the cheap prices so we decided to go out for dinner. It is not easy to find a table for 13 people in a place where they can only speak a few words of english, but it turned out ok and i ended up getting a beef goulash with potato pancakes and vegetables, and a couple of beers for around about 8 euro. You guys can work it out yourself to exchange into aussie dollars. we then spent ages looking for places to drink and unfortunately ended up in an irish pub, meeting more people from busabout along the way, the group was large, and the dirnks were hmmm not so great. the beer is fairly cheap, but the prices make it look like its expensive. Czech republic only joined the EU last year so still have the Czech kroner. 1 aussie dollar equals about 19 or so czech kroner, so when you buy a pint of beer for 30 czech kroner, it looks a bit daunting. We ended up paying around about 3000 K for dinner last night for 13 people with drinks. which is fairly cheap, about 100 euro.
Today we visited some sights. we went to Prague Castle, which is amazing, and have spent the afternoon walking around looking at bridges and shops and little streets as well as the astronomical clock. Today for lunch i spent about 200K, i tihnk thats about 6 euro for a massive bowl of pasta and a beer and some chips. bargain. Tonight we are thinking a tad cheaper and may just hit a supermarket, whatever that is called over here.
We have a full day in prague again tomorrow and then a few of us are moving on to Cexky Kumlov, a smaller town on the way to austria. we are there for 2 nights, which gives us a couple of half days and a full day of doin stuff... will be good fun.
After that its on to vienna which is where i will be saying fairwell to my new buddies, probably till we all get back to Melbourne - that being where a big bunch of people on busabout actually live.
Most people have been to the edgy or have at least heard about it, so thats good fun.
I still havnt had a chance to put photos up, as we always just randomly stumble upon an internet place and i dont have the cd or connector cable, but there will be some soon.... i promise. I have some awesome photos, and have already seen sooo much. I finish travelling around europe in about 4 weeks, which is quite scary - i dont really want to come home at the moment, im having such and awesome time with the people that i have met and the places we have been. We went to a concentration camp the other day, and a jewish museum in berlin. Ive decided that ill definately be back over here in the next couple of years, to do the things that im have or am going to miss, and the things that i enjoyed heaps. Prague is just amazing... ahhhhhhh, im speechless. you could just walk around this place for days, looking at things, eating in places, drinking cheap beer.
I will see everyone again soon, but maybe a little too soon now, its too much fun.
Well im off but i hope all is well wherever anyone is reading this from, and drop me an email, ill reply at my next internet stop, whenever that may be.
Location: Berlin, Germany
its a little more difficult to keep everyone updated now that im "on the road".
Right now im in Berlin. Since i last wrote i think ive been in brussels amsterdam and now berlin. Brussels was good, i walked around the city for the afternoon that i got there and then met up with dan, from uni in oxford, at about 10 that night. It was really the first experience of entering a new city that isnt english by my total self. It was pretty weird, but fun as well.
Brussels i just saw some sights, and verz thankful to dan and his fam i stayed at his joint. we drove round a bit of brussels the day i was there, checking out all the EU buildings, as of course Brussels is where the headquaters are for both the EU and for NATO.
the next night i was in amsterdam (tuesday). i met up again with all the peeps i was hanging around with in paris and belgium. There isnt much i can say about amsterdam, cos its all already been said.
Yesterday we arrived in berlin, met some new people and im staying in a brand new hostel, opened up in april. This was of course after a 10 and a half hour bus ride - ouch.
Today we did a walking tour of Berlin. I think that this was most probably the best walking tour i have ever done. for 4 hours we walked around berling with our tour guide pointing out important buildings, and telling us all about the history, and this is berlin so there is shitloads. Today i tihnk i had the best history lesson ive ever had. We saw the museums, the old buildings, the berlin wall and even stood above the bunker where hitlar shot himself. The tour guide new his shit too. there was not a moment where he had nothing to say, and this was 4 hours!!!
tomorrow i think im heading to a concentration camp just outside berlin with bec, but that alll depends on how the bar crawl goes tonight... and even if that doesnt go well (it should, its with a tour guide with free shots and shit) our bar at the hostel is open 23 out of 24 hours. wooooooo hooooooooo!!!!!!!!!