Location: Canberra, Australia
after a very long flight home we arrived back in Sydney Friday night. Our last few days in Prague were nice and relaxing. The weather was not what we were expecting, it turned out pretty cold and we didn't really have the clothes with us for cold weather. It was still a nice ending to our holiday.
We ended up doing another of the city sightseeing tours to see as much as we could in the short time we were there. Prague's old town area is a beatiful area, I didn't think I would ever get to see it again.. it was a very strange feeling being back there for the second time.
Our flight home took a full 24 hours, about 21 hours actual flying time. Lids got in a fair amount of sleep but I wasn't able to sleep so it was a very long day for me. I was very happy to see Sydney! Not so happy about the cold I have brought home wih me though. We stayed in Sydney Friday night and then caught a flight to Canberra Saturday.
All up we had an awesome time with no major dramas. All the planning paid off and made for a stress free and safe holiday.
Thanks to Janine for our fun time in Singapore and also a big thanks To Lids for all the fun, laughs and lack of sleep. A few things spring to mind when I think of memories of you from the trip:
-Who am I going to let in 6am in the morning now?
- I still don't know how someone so little can have a massive cough like that.
-chicken, chicken and more chicken
-how many drinks are you having tonight? are you having a big night?
-your amazing ability of sleeping on all modes of transport
-Karma (we shouldn't bag out our hostels)
-why are people staring at us?
Thanks again, I had a ball.
Now, the big question is... where to next ??? Stay tuned
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
well we are in our final destination..how did this come around so quick!!!!
We had a lovely last night in Milan with Lid's relos. It was take away pizza this time for dinner which we were sooo happy about. It was very sad for Lids to say goodbye.
Italy is an awesome country..did I mention the food before now?Anyone who knows me well knows I love my pasta, and what better place for me to be in than Italy..most meals apart from breakfast consisted of some type of pasta for me and pizza for Lids. Spaghetti Bol and lasagne !!! tried it at a few different places and it was always superb. I am going to miss Italy!
We are now in Prague, which is known for meat and potato..lunch today was...meat and potato...i'm sure dinner tonight will be...meat and potato.
Our hostel here..we had rave reviews about it but we think it's pretty crap. We asked to change our dorm room to a twin share when we checked in last night and OMG, such a drama for them, they were pretty rude..and we had spent the day travelling so were pretty tired..we ended up with a double bed in our own room, which they then couldn't change for us, then they only have single bed sheets for their double beds ??? and they only have a card system to pay for things with at the hostel so you have to keep topping it up...so annoying. And during all this happening they tell us that they had to cancel our third nights accomm so we only have 2 nights booked, telling us to check today to see what else might be available. I think I have said enough about this place.
Other than that Prague is lovely, even though this is the second time here for me. The weather is crazy, goes from cloudy to sunny to freezing all in a matter of a few hours.
Took Lids to see the Charles Bridge and have a look around the town today and we will go see the castle tomorrow. Tomorrow night is our last night in europe. Not sure when I will log in again but will be adding more photos and a final blog when I get home.
Location: Ios, Greece
Santorini was lovely..we had a nice sunset picnic on our final night to watch the sunset. a massive amount of people go to this particular spot to watch the sun go down, then everyone claps and cheers when it goes down..bit strange but we joined in.
We finally had a chance to do some more shopping as well. Have a nice painting I purchased I have to try and carry around safely for the next week..it is rolled up but still a bit hard with a backpack only.
we are on our final Island of this tour...this one is called Ios and we are staying at a cool place called the far out village..we have a great spot across from the beach with a nice pool (first pool we have had on this tour). Yesterday was pretty quiet..another ferry to get here and then a lazy day..dinner was by the pool and then drinks out in the town. All the islands have been very different and we like each one for different reasons, I don't think I have a favourite out of the 4. Tonight is our last night on tour, i'm sure everyone will make the most of it! I'm glad we are moving on again..everyone on the tour just wants to get drunk every night..their conversations consist mainly of "are you having a big night" ..it's pretty funny once you realise all the conversations are the same. They are all pretty young though.
Our accom is really nice here..we are staying in one of the typical Greek white buildings with the blue door. very cool.
anyway not much else to report today. Will probably check in again when we get to Prague in a few days.
Location: Santorini, Greece
Have added some photos
Location: Santorini, Greece
hi all...we are now at our third Island out of the 4 islands we are visiting on our tour..We spent 2 nights in Mykonos then caught a ferry to Paros. Paros was a lot quieter than Mykonos but had some amazing views. Today we caught another ferry to Santorini.This is ths place I have always wanted to come to..the town itself is spread out over the cliff tops and is just beautiful, everything I imagined it to be. We have 2 nights here starting tonight with a quick tour of the town and then a dinner overlooking the ocean..sounds perfect ! Our accomm has been interesting on this tour, Mykonos...we were in this room that they called a bungalow..and the bathroom..well it had a toilet and sink in the ensuite which was cool, and we think they may have originally forgotten about the shower because it was stuck on the wall above the toilet and sink..hhmmmm...and no hot water. Lucky it's so hot over here you can actually make do with a cold shower..very hard to shower over the toilet though!
In paros we had this awesome place that we all stayed..it was run by this Irish lady who added the work fu#k to every sentence..she was so funny..she has been there for 27 years and still had an amazing sense of humour when she had to deal with the drunks coming home at all hours. I had a good chat to her this morning and she told me about her sick husband who is in Athens hospital, has cancer and all sorts of things going on..very sad.
Forgot to mention our boat trip yesterday..it was an all day tour on our own boat including lunch and drinks...it was one of those ones that stops in nice locations so you can have a quick swim and then jump back on..anyway we had to stop for lunch at a beach which meant you had to actually walk in the water for a bit from the boat to the beach..Lids has been sick so she wasn't getting in the water..so she says nah it's ok I'll stay on the boat while you guys have lunch..noone was going to let that happen so 4 guys carried her from the boat to the beach..so funny..she was like queen Lidia! then they had to carry her back on after lunch..we have to get hold of the photos of that one..the lunch was really nice, salads and kebabs..and of course ouzo..they try and make you drink it everywhere in this place..aww it's awful stuff... after lunch the guides washed the plates in the ocean, packed everything back up and off we went..they actually leave everything they need on the beach for the next time (apart from the food and drinks). It was an awesome day..everyone had a ball. Scary ride back to Pros though..the waves were massive and everyone had to go to the back of the boat with their bags because it was so wild.
Last night it was drinks on the beachfront to watch the sun go down..this is the life!
we can't believe we only have about 9 days left now...it is going so quickly now...our next island to visit is Ios and then we catch the ferry back to Athens.
Location: Mykonos, Greece
well Cinque terre was a lovely place...it's made up of of 5 small towns and we stayed in the end one called Riomaggiore.. Our hostel was at the top of the town of course so we had to carry our backpacks up a steep hill then up another heap of stairs in the midday heat..average temp has been around 36 degrees wherever we have been..it's nice but not when you are walking aroung with the pack.
We only had 2 nights there, it was more of a relaxing place than anything..very cute old town.
We then moved onto Milan which we really enjoyed..caught up with Lidia's cousin's and had an interesting home cooked meal..they eat raw mince.. and we joined them..felt bad saying no...not something either of us will be repeating but we will be catching up with them again in a week, hopefully not at dinner time!
We only had a short time to look around Milan but we did see the street that housed all the major fashion stores which was pretty cool.
We then caught a flight to Athens and met up with our Greek Island's tour group. It's another Busabout group going to 4 iskands...Mykonos, Paros,Santorini and Ios. We had a 5 hour feery ride to get to the first island which was fun for about 30 minutes.. I am currently in an internet cafe in Mykonos..this place is awesome..we have already had our cocktail on the beach today and are just taking the time to relax.
The group we are with seems really nice again..more Canberra people on the tour as well..we are meeting canberrans everywhere on this trip.
My time is just about up on this pc and I have a beach to get back to..talk again soon
Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
we had an awesome time in Rome..the sights are amazing..we took the city sightseeing bus around and I saw most of the main attractions..it really is an amazing city with such old buildings right beside new ones. I loved it. we ended up doing the Colosseum pub crawl..we met the group at a mtro stop near the colosseum and had drinks on a balcony whilst the sun went down..with the collosseum right in front of us..we got some great pics..the night was a lot of fun..bit of a late one again and we made some new friends..actually a guy from Canberra was working as one of the hosts on the crawl...small world
We then went o to do our busabout tour of the Amalfi Coast..we started from Rome and then went onto Pompei for a guided tour of the city...what an amazing place that is..then we stayed at Sorrento in a small cabin..it was at a camping ground but it had the best views from the restaurant..the whole area is just stunning..we also took a ferry out to capri hoping to see someone famous but no luck..the bus ride ws so scary..you know the steep cliffs and tiny winding roads you see pictures of or see in the movies..we that's how you have to get to these places..Busabaout only hire local drivers for these tours beacuse they have better knowledge of the roads, we were all a bit happier after hearing that..the driver's deserve a medal for getting the bus up and back down the cliff!
Busabout were fantastic..anyone wanting to travel but don't want to do contiki should consider them.
We have now moved onto Cinque Terre in Italy..we love it already.will update you again soon
Location: rome, Italy
Hi Everone, its Lids
hope you are all well. Just want to get something straight with you all, I didnt let Kel go to the beach party cause i was just looking out for her. I was told by a local who we became friends with that its probably not the party we want to go to cause its abit dodgy and not the best place for 2 aussie girls to be going. We parties elsewhere instead with the locals.....Hopefully that clears that bit up for everyone..hehehe. We are still going out and having fun though. And for the detective thing, yes Ive been pretty careful with everything here and I have eyes at the back of my head cause there are so many pick pockets here and dodgy people here! So im just taking care of my friend as friends should..hehe. We are having a fantastic time though, meeting great people, seeing great things and most of all enjoying ourselves and the lovely weather we are having over here.
Well thats if ffom me for now, take care and im sure i will do another update along the way!
Location: Rome, Italy
had a lovely time in Madrid.Lids got to see the soccer and the Italians win..we will actually be in Italy for their next game which is cool.
We loved Madrid..we didn't hear anything too positive about it from people who had already visited there but we really enjoyed it. I think the fact that we met some great people in the hostel made it a lot of fun as well.
We took a bus ride out to Toled, about an hour from Madrid...it was really hard trying to find anyone who spoke English at Toldedo who could help us find the bus that toured the actual town itself ..so we ended up on a local bus that took us to the top of a street,at the top of the town, and then told us to get off because it was the end of the line... basically and we had to find our way back to the bus station to get back to Madrid..it was all pretty funny..luckily it is a pretty small place. It was a nice place to visit however the old style of the place is ruined by cars..It's a bit of the old ruined by the new I think.
Things we noticed about Madrid..cars park on corners, there is no distance from the corner rule like we have, traffic lights sound like a bird whistling so you don't know when you can walk or not and the road rage is crazy..all you here are car horns, and they just go on and on.
Oh and Lids has turned into a detective over here..she doesn't miss a thing..she does have me a bit paranoid though..I think that everyone I walk past is going to steal my bag!
We had to check out of our hostel at 4 am this morning to catch our flight to Rome at 630am on easyjet..suprisingly easyjet have been on time with both flights so far..we have a few more flights wih them so I hope it stays that way.
Rome today was hot as..and we couldn't check in until 330 this afternoon so we went out sightseeing...going to do a tour of all the famous sights tomorrow on one of those hop on hop off buses.
Drivers in Rome are crazy..pedestrian crossings may as well not exist becaue they don't take any notice of them ..they pretend they can't see you..we sat down today and watched the traffic at a round about and the amount of people that were almost run over was massive. Cars park anywhere they want on the streets, it's 2 deep in most places. Most people get around on scooters, it does seem like the easier option.
Our hostel is in a great location..right outside the terminal for metro, buses and trains.
We have 2 nights here then we are off on a tour of the Amalfi coast for a few days. I think another pub crawl is on the agenda for tomorrow night..hopefully no Salsa this time!
Have tried to add photos to my page but the internet connections are pretty slow..will let you know if I can add anything tonight..
Location: Madrid, Spain
well we survived the Madrid pub crawl..it was so much fun..we paid 10 euro and have a free shot and entry into 4 different clubs around Madrid..we even had tour guides who looked after us during the night which was good because we had no idea where we were half the time..we climbed into bed at about 6am this morning after lots of dancing and Salsa..I tried the Salsa again but the way they do it here is different to the way I was taught so it would have been pretty amusing to watch! Lids has it mastered though..I had forgotten how yuck it is to have people smoking in bars and clubs..we come home smelling of smoke all the time..not nice at all..
it ended up raining today in the afternoon today so it was a good opportunity to go and have some washing done at the local laundromatte..yay! we have clean clothes again..very exciting.. always a challenge to work out how the washing machines work in these places but we sorted it out.very boring sitting there waiting for the wash and dry process to complete though.
managed to get in some shopping time this morning as well.
tonight we watched Germany and Austria play in the Euro 2008 comp in the local pub..it´s nice to be able to watch the game at a normal time..Italy are playing tomorrow night so Lids is very excited about that..she is already planning where the best place to watch the game will be... as you can imagine people here are very passionate about their soccer! we have been in Portugal and Spain when their teams have won a game which has been pretty cool..lots of celebrating going on..it would have been great to go to an actual game.