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Kristie and Haley's Eurotrip!

Welcome to Kristie and Haley's Travel Page. Here is where we will be keeping a record of our travels for all of you to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for us. If we have time in between discovering new places and meeting new people we will reply to them!

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Friday, 05 January 2007

Location: Berlin, Germany

hi everyone!
after a really long dayof train travel from Denmark we finally made it back to Berlin for our last couple of days in Europe. Im so exhausted but we are staying with another family who are really nice so hopefully after a good nights sleep we will be refreshed enough to set out for a bit more sight seeing tomorrow.

Denmark was good. We stayed at the uni in Arhus with Sabina, and her family had us over for dinner and showed us around which was really niceof them. We saw the old city, the queens palace, went ice skating (and i didnt fall over!!!!!) and drank lots of wine. The good thing about the palace was that whn the queen isnt there you can walk around the estate and she doesnt mind! No sight of princess Mary though as they live in Copenhagen.

We would have liked some snow (as the only snow weve seen was in Switzerland) and really thought we would get some if we went to Denmark but it wasnt cold enough (bloody global warming!!). It was very cold and windy though.

So yeah, the last few days here are gonna be just doing all the the last minute things like spending time with Chris and trying to absorb some of the history of Berlin. We were here for 3 nights over new years but because the shops were closed we only really hung out with Chris and then went out on New Years Eve.

Now that was a strange night. I must say, Berlin is an awesome place to party for new years. At three in the arvo the fire crackers started going off and echoing through the city as if it were a war zone. It was kind of scary! Having your own fireworks in Australia is illegal, and having people dropping them off their balconies as you walk past really freaked us out! Cool atmosphere though....

Later that night, after a tasty dinner of Indian food, we met some of heddys friends and walked to town to see the firworks. Its funny because i think i saw more people letting them off in the street on the way than i did in the sky!

After midnight we planned to go to this big dance party/concert thing and on the train on the way we thought there was some kind of attack! The train stopped and all this smoke filled up the carriages! after freaking out for a few minutes an announcement came over telling us to get off and exit the station. It was probably just a fire but the smoke smelled weird and the thought of being trapped underground really freaked us out! So yeah that was a bit of extra excitement!

I really like Berlin, its a cool place that im looking forward to seeing more of. Which means i should probably go get some sleep because there are a few big days ahead of us!

Only 4 more sleeps until we leave! Im reallylooking forward to being home and seeing everyone. I really hope we dont have any delays on the way back! I might not get the chance to write on here again but i will try for some more photos tomorrow.

there is a landline dad so il give u the number and we can talk!

good night
kristie xox



Thursday, 28 December 2006

Location: Kassel, Germany

Hey everyone,
Sorry its taken us so long to get our asses into gear and update the journal. First of all I want to say Merry Christmas! Hope everyone ate lots of food and drank lots of beer (in true Lawrence style).

The lead up to christmas was so cool...our first christmas markets were the ones in Nürnberg with Peter and Sylvia. I can see why they are so famous. There were so many lights and so many people! And the smell of Glüwine and Bratwurst is amazing. Peter would say that after we had walked around in the cold for long enough that out noses turned red it was time for some more glüwine. I like that motto!!!

We had so much fun with Peter and Sylvia I wish I could have spent more time with them. They said to send their love to Mum and dad and the girls. I told Peter its his turn to come and visit us next!

Right now we,re in Kassel with Götz´ family. It was so good to finally get here and relax. We were picked up at the train station by Gotz and driven (very fast alomg the autobarn whoo hoo!!) to their house in a little village outside Kassell. We instantly felt at home knowing that we could unpack our bags for 2 weeks yay!! (we usually only stay at the one place for no more than a few nights so we are constantly living out of our backpacks). And Fred and Renate are so sweet and welcoming.

Christmas in Germany was very different to what I do at home. Haley, Heddy and I got to decorate the (real) christmas tree on Christmas eve which looked spectacular by the time we were finished! Then we went down to the local church (and I tried to sing carols in German but it didnt work) and came home to opening presents and a huge feast of Roqulette. The food was amazing. You all sit at the table, take what u want and cook it yourselfunder this big electric grill. It was so tasty but I must admit Mum, I do miss your cesar salad and salmon steaks in the oven for christmas lunch!

After stressing for ages that I wouldnt get to talk to my family on christmas (because i had no phone credit :-() i decided to open the presents from Mum that I have lugged around Europe for 8 weeks. You did well Mum, that vegemite toast on christmas morning was awesome!

I was really happy when you finally got through and we could all have a chat. You guys should send me some photos and an email so I know what u did this year! Did u put the christmas tree up?

I hear its been quite hot in Bris vegas? Its -2 outside right now, but we havent had any snow! So no white-christmas for us. Its actually just started to rain now so hopefully it will end up snowing in the next few days.

I miss Brisbane so much I cant wait to get back! Its not long now! Samantha I cant wait to be driven around in the old woo-day!! And Kate, dont teach her how to do burn outs just yet ok, shes only had her licence for a week.

On Saturday we are heading up to Berlin with Heddy for New Years Eve - and Chris is going to take us out!! Then its up to Denmark for 3 nights then back to Berlin, wheren we fly out on the 9th! We get in on teh morning of the 11th in Bris if all goes to plan.

Happy New Year everyone!
And Sas and Tamsin, have a GREAT time in Asia. I miss u guys so much and I cant wait to catch up when I get back.

See u all soon!!!
Kristie

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Location: Contiki, Europe

We were given our tour song - Built this City (...on rock and roll) - an old song from the 80s. It was played evert time we left a city full blast on the bus stereo- often this was the last thing we wanted to hear because of our hangovers and the fact it was often 7 in the morning. It never failed to wake us up and have a traditional sing-along (and maybe some air guitar). As it was drilled into our brains during this trip it will always be remembered as our Contiki song.

Our first night of contiki was spent on a river cruise with flowing (free) beer and wine, and a leisurely stroll past hookers in windows and cafes (the grasshopper hehe) through the red light district. What a start to our trip.
The next day we were given a cheese and clogs demonstration by some dude in a "Stoned Dutch" (no, not vonDutch the brand, Stoned dutch) tshirt. it was probably not your typical demonstation but good nonetheless.

Spent the rest of the day navigating Amsterdams canals and visited the van Gough and Anne Frank Museums - quite an eye opening experience.That night we ate some traditional dutch food in a really nice restauant in a fishing village and then saw a traditional dutch sex show - another eye opening experience.

Next stop was Germany where we got to sample some local beer and wine at night time in the bottom of an ancient wine cellar. The one-street town located on the Rine river was surrounded by castles on the hills which was really nice and something wed never seen before.

We then stayed in Luzerne for two nights where we were just amazed at how clean and crisp the city was compared to even Brisbane. We didnt stay in the hotel at Mt Pilatus but we still went up the top to see the view and freeze our asses off. It was really beautiful but it was good to stay in town and be able to explore the night life. It was a huge night. The day after we just managed to stomach a swiss fondue lunch which was really good but most of us couldnt stomach the free wine :-(

Austria was next. Just a brief stay in Innsbruck where we visited the old city and the christmas markets. We had some local dishes in a restaurant but were surprised when the dogs were served first.

We moved away from the Germanic countries to Italy...the land of gelati and nutella(yay ), pizza, pasta, pick pockets, incredibly unreliable public transpost, and sleezy and forward men.
Venice was our first stop and we were lucky enough to ride a gondola around the canals. Three bottles of champagne later and we nearly got to experience the water too. St Marks Square was awesome (but covered in pigeons and their poo) but all round it was probably one of the most amazingly unique places we will ever see. Go see it soon because Venice is literally sinking and we had to walk on special platforms to avoid th water.

We finally got to see Rome and all the historic sights wed spent so long learning about in school. It was breathtaking walking up to the Colosseum at night, very imposing especially the way it was illuminated. We had an awesome pizza dinner at a cute little street bistro and pizzas that were themed to rock bands eg. pink floyd and depeche mode.Our tour manager scared us by warning us that gypsies would try to steal our bags the moment we stepped off the bus at the hotel but all in all our group avoided any trouble by being aware. Our hotel was great if you ignored the holes in the door - dont ask, the lack of hot water and the fact that we were given 4 rolls between 6 for breakfast, true italian hospitality :)

Florence was lovely after Rome and we got a great view of teh city from above, the sreets are full of historic beauty and the weather was warm. Overall a lovely afternoon and always gelati was the highlight. Although our hotel literally looked like a jail we had a great night out at a traditional tuscan restaurant Certosa in a castle on top of a nearby mountain. Once again the free wine got the dancing happening and we ended our night at an electronic space disco with karaoke, needless to say the next mrning on the bus was less than pretty.

Friday, 10 November 2006

Location: London, England

We woke up this morning bright and early for a day of historic sight seeing. Today we saw the Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral - geez thats one big church, we even climbed the 250 steps to get a bird's eye view. We also visited an operating theatre from the late 1800's which gave us a graphic view of what it was like to be injured/sick back then, some pretty scary stuff all in all.

Sorry no pics yet, these comps dont have the programs to upload them

Thursday, 09 November 2006

Location: London, England

09/11/06
Today the sun is out and there is not a cloud in the sky so we went to see the changing of the gurad and then walked up the mall to admiralty arch to trafalgar square (i almost didn;t recognise it without the pigeon poo!). We then wandered up to Covent Garden where we ate scones and tea in a little piazza with trendy shops and a little cafe which was being serenaded by an opera singer! There were some cool markets with prints of London sights where we bought our first souveneirs.

After that we got the bus tour which took us around the West End. We saw the Marble Arch, Park Lane and Mayfair and Knightsbridge. We got off to wander through Harrods which was all lit up with christmas lights and saw the new Bond girl in the Harrods window promotion.

On the way home we stopped at the little local pub "The Raven" for some not so cold beer, a bottle of very tangy spanish wine and massive burgers. By this time we were not nearly as jetlagged as the night before but a little bit more pissed!

Wednesday, 08 November 2006

Location: London, England

Just another update on our third day in London. Well yesterday we had a seamless transfer (via the Big Bus tour) to the backpackers where we are staying and the place is really lovely, its a few more stops out of london but the streets and houses are really nice - just like in all the movies.

We then hopped aboard the tube to leicester square where we were bombarded by the theatres and people flogging cheap tickets. we didn't buy any but I'm considering seeing dirty dancing or cabaret depending on how time goes. We then walked to picadilly circus and had lunch at china town in a little japanese diner, the food was awesome and really affordable at $8 Aussie each for two courses - woohoo, I have been releasing my inner scrooge. We then hopped on the bus and did a great
all round tour as the sun went down, we sat at the front of the top deck and this gave us fantastic views.

We then stopped off at Westminster and saw the rememberance day tributes (nearly everyone here is wearing poppies today). Then we caught the tube home again and had dinner at the restaurant downstairs for the backpackers.

So far everything has been really impressive in terms of accomodation and friendliness of staff etc. The only thing holding us back is on- going jet lag but it only hits us at night and is getting better all the time.


Tuesday, 07 November 2006

Location: London, England

Well we finally arrived in london after delayed flights in both
sydney and singapore and then missing our frankfurt connection and traversing the tube but we made it and are damn proud that we did :)

London is amazing even though we are exhausted and have done zero sight seeing, we are staying very centrally in london and have been for a walk around the neighborhood. Its so beautiful because its really crisp and alot of the christmas lights are up already.

Tomorrow the 'lighting ceremony' is happening at one of the big
deparment stores so will try and see that in the evening. also the
big bus co are having a sale where you get two days sightseeing for the price of one ticket A $50 so will make the most of that and give our feet a rest (Have already blown the budget on compeed) ;)


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Recent Messages

From Sas
Hey guys,
I'm glad to hear you had a good chrissy. I am in Hue in Vietnam at the moment trying to put photos up but the internet is really slow. Cant wait to see you when you get back
love sas
Response: Hehe yeah i just checked your website! It looks awesome! its cool seeing someone elses travel pics. Cant wait to see more when we are home. Only 5 more days!!!
From kate
heyy guys how are you? i cant believe how beautiful it looks, great pics cant wait to see more!! hows germany and peter and sylvia? so youre going to have a white xmas? im so jealous but so excited for you!! miss you heaps love ya xoxox
Response: Hi kate!
We are hoping for a white Christmas but are not sure if we'll get one. Peter and Sylvia said to pass on their love to you all. We had a great time with them. Dad and Peter are soooo similar so of course we got on great. And Sylvia is the sweetest person ever. They took us to the Christmas markets which were awesome. Hope you are all taking care of Mark. Miss you all so much. Not long til i get back now!!
Kristie xoxo
From Tamsin
Hey girls,
How's things? Good to hear about your tour and see some more pics. Where are you now? Only a week and a bit till we go overseas too - can't wait!
- Tamsin
Response: hey tamsin,
wow i forgot you were going overseas! how exciting! right now we are staying in Brussels for 2 nights. No snow but still very cold. Heading to Germany tomorrow to meet Heddy so we can all go have christmas with Haley's friends.
Did Sas get my email? Say hello and tell her I miss her heaps!
Kristie xo
From Lauren
Hey guys,

I am really glad to hear you are having a blast. I must say Hales it makes me wish I took you up on your offer!!! Sounds like you are making the most of the trip which is awesome.

I can't wait until you get back. Not long now until we live close together again. You will have to visit lonely me in strane Toowoomba. Shitting myself!!!!

Good luck to the both of you. Write soon. Miss you heaps.

Love Lauren xoxo
From Tamsin
Hey Kristie and Haley,
Your photos are amazing! I particularly like the ones of Paris and Florence. Can't wait to see more when you get back.
Have fun!
Tamsin
From Sam
ok NOW i am really jealous!
u've been to the colosseum!!!!!
looks awesome
i'll get there one day
Response: hey,
yeah, the colleseum definitely was awesome. and the fact its so old is amazing. Its -1 degrees outside right now...still jealous? Interlaken is great...it snowed the first morning i could not believe my eyes.
From Gareth
Hey Guys :) you look like your having so much fun.... im so jealous. Miss you guys. cant wait for the photo night and stories when you get back
Response: Hey!
good to hear from u. we are having a great time. Im sure there will be many stories to tell when we get back! Miss u heaps too, cant wait to catch up
-kristie xx
From Van and Deb
Kristie Thankyou for the card - very thoughtful. You certainly are seeing lots. Mark has probably told you he has joined the workforce - he looks soo smart in his new clothes. He has gone to Straddie this weekend with Glen's work (Stairway Supplies) for a well earned break. He was getting quite stressed during exams and was so happy when they were over. Take care and have fun. Love Van and Deb xx
Response: hey!
thanks for the message! Glad mark is liking his new job...i want to see what he bought! Straddie would have been so nice - am looking forward to the summer weather when I get back!
Love kristie xoxox
From Sam
heyy kristie
hope u guys r having fun
im finishing school tomorroooo!!!!! AHH
its 9:30pm and im about to go to school now ... we r going to do the year 12 prank lol
should b fun except it is bloody cold here
we went to wet n wild today and it was freeeeezing on the slides in the wind ... its been crazy weather here ... but u probs already know this lol from talking to mum and dad
... anyways i was just messaging to say im so excited bout graduating lol
have lotsa fun!!!
LOVE U
love sam
Response: hey. im so excited u had a good last day and schoolies week!!! crazy weather over there huh? Its started to get cold now. it is our last day of the tour and we are in paris going to moulin rouge tonight!!!! should be good! tell mark to get some credit and ring me hehe. Love u lots. say hi to mum and dad. ps there shold be a card in the mail for mum arriving in the next few weeks xoxoxoxoxo
From Tamsin
Hey Girls, Glad you are having such a good time! London looks beautiful in the pictures, really brings back memories. Can't wait to hear about your next adventure.
- Tamsin
Response: thanks tamsin! having lots of fun and seeing heaps! we'll update this site after the tour (it finishes tomorrow) so u can see some more pics. Anyways...better be off to the moulin rouge!!!
From Sam
ohh it sounds like ur both having lots of fun over there!sounds awesome, nice way to make me jealous!!
have ANOTHER beer for me lol
love sam
From kate
oh my godness you guys have been so busy already! do you guys write the journal together or is it just you writing it kristie?? last night i went and saw jackass and its helarious!! im about to go to a bbq miss you lots xoxo kate
Response: hey!
yeah we have been soooo busy but its good to get back to italy and just relax! Say hi to grant and everyone...miss u!!!
From Dad
Hi Wid,

Have a pint for me!

Love Dad
From kate
heyy are you there yet? mark said he hasnt spoken to you yet, hope everything has gone smoothly so far miss you already love kate xoxox
From Sam and Kate
hi girlies
its only been a few hours since u left. we heard that u made it safely to Sydney and that your plane is delayed. we hope everything goes smoothly from now on!
we r thinking of u and missing u heaps already. hope to hear from u soon
love u lots
love sam and kate! xoxo