Location: Amsterdam,again, Netherlands
well, we're in the city of sin once again and boy is it fun. it was soooooo nice to see my mum; exciting and relieving at the same time. she's been at her conference for the last few days so zoe and i have been amusing ourselves in the city. we went wandering yesterday and saw some of the coolest shops i've ever laid eyes on! they have such unique and original things here, every time you turn a corner you see something new. and i don't think i could ever even try to explain how amazing the flower markets are. yesterday i saw more varieties of orchids than i even knew existed! and they have amaryllis bulbs as big as my head!!! i'm going to try hooping a few before i leave so i can smuggle them home. anyway, zoe and i are off to the zoo to commune with nature. all right, let's be honest, we're going to get stoned and trip out on monkeys, who's kidding who.
ONLY 9 DAYS UNTILL I'M HOME!!!!!!
Location: Aberdeen, UK
well, i know that it's been forever since i last updated this page and that most of you have probaby lost interest and stopped checking for updates, but i'm going to write something anyways. that way i can keep fooling myself into thinking that there is someone out there other than my mom who is actually interested in what i do.
so zoe and i have been trying to make our way in aberdeen. the city is on the east coast of scotland, and the north sea is just down the street from our place. we found a cute little one bedroom flat that has two single beds, mildew on the tiles behind the toilet, and decore straight out of the seventies. it's charming in a way that only a british flat could be. the man upstairs wakes up and gets ready for work at 5am every day, used to be in the arabian military and snores so loud we can hear it from our bedroom every night. the garbage is picked up on tuesdays, the recycle on wednesdays, and our shower blew a breaker, almost started an electrical fire, and we had to bathe out of our sink for three days untill it was fixed. in scotland, most of the banks won't give you an account untill after you've lived here for 3 years. the ones that will let you apply need you to have a job first, but you can't get a job untill you have a bank account. you need proof of your address, like a utility bill, but the phone company will only let you put one name on the phone bill, the gas bill only comes every 3 months, and the electricity is paid with tokens you buy from the post office. girls can't drink pints of beer, the popular age for child bearing is 17, and noone says "welcome", they just ask you why you're here. if you're happy, you're "chuffed", upset, you're "gutted", bastard is the worst swear word you can say, and it's pronounced "treble", not "triple" (as in times three). scotland's great!
other than that we're just sitting around our flat losing our minds. we don't have a phone yet, we don't know anyone here, and it's not safe to walk around our neighbourhood at night. (as you can probably tell, i'm having a bad day). cheerio!
we're in greece right now, and loving every minute of it. the food is sooooo good, and everything is much less expensive that the rest of europe. we should be meeting zoe's family tonight or tomorow, and from what zoe tells us, it'll be an experience and a half. i'll keep it short in the aim of savins money, but here are zoe and sarah's posting page addresses so you can check out our trip from different points of view. love you all, j
Location: Genoa, Italy
well, we left vernazza today and travelled to genoa. it's a bit of back tracking, but there's some stuff here we thought we would like to see. we got in and took the city bus to our hostel but it didn't open for another hour, so we sat around freezing our asses off for untill they opened the doors. we didn't really travel that far today, but the change in temperature was dramatic. it's way colder here than in vernazza, and i'm glad i brought my long john's with me now. we had pizza for dinner tonight, again, and now we're looking for a good hostel cause we'll need a place to stay when we get to rome tomorow evening. miss you all tons, love j
Location: Vernazza, Italy
Well, we finally found our picturesque European town. It's called Vernazza and it's along the Italian Riviera. It's exactly what we were hoping for and we're having a great time now. The town itself is tiny, and some of the restaurants and places to stay have started shutting down for the winter already. But we worked a deal at the place we're staying right now because they were closing and we wanted to stay for about a week. We're also getting in with the locals. There's an Austrailian girl, Anna, who works at one of the restaurants and she had people over to her place last night to drink wine and hang out. She speaks fluent Italian, so she was translating some of what her friends were saying for us. Then a guy came over who spoke French as well as Italian and he was translating in French to me, and then me in English to Zoe and Sarah. Between the wine, the Italian, the French and the English, it turned out to be an utterly confusing and totally fantastic night!