So I was under the impression that May came right after February, which is why I had no entries for March or April. No biggie. At this point, I have seen quite a lot of Europe, recent trips to Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Budapest and Barcelona. All have incredible qualities somewhat resembling Muskegon. Last 4 days in London with exams thrown in the mix. The weather went from spectacular to back to London; rain, cold, wind. I am unbelievably ready to get home. The experiences i've had here are priceless but 4 months has been quite long. I can't wait to see everybody soon, ill send pictures so you remember what I look like first. I know the communication has been crappy, but it'll be fun to sit around and tell stories in the coming weeks. Love you all, see you soon.
Back from the Italy trip which included Venice, Florence and Rome. Posted a few pictures on the Picasa website, with tons more to come. Unbelievable time, great weather, sightseeing, and general hijinx. Not motivated enough to give a long detailed explanation of the trip, but as always, email and phone calls work. everythings goin great, hope to hear from everybody soon.
Location: Dublin/Amsterdam, UK
Just got back from a weekend in Amsterdam and before that a weekend in Dublin, so i'll backtrack a little bit. I spent Wednesday to Saturday in Dublin 2 weekends ago. Travel was easy, RyanAir is cheap and they show why. Upon arriving in Dublin we had no accomadations prepared, so paid 50 cents for 2 minutes on the internet, where we came up with "Browns Hostel" for 11 euro a night, definetly the cheapest lodgings in the city/world. Again, they showed why. Quickly explaining, 15 bunk beds in a militiary like room, one bathroom, no lights/ hot water. no comforters, no turnover of sheets. Slept in jeans, sweatshirt, jacket, hat, gloves, socks, shoes. Quite an experience. Besides coming home at night, dublin was a great place. Caught the Guiness tour, very cool, best beer ive ever had. Spent most of the days just wandering through dublin, seein a few sights, basically just being nomads. One night there we talked up a local for a while and he ended up suggesting a pub for us for the night. It ended up being him and a bunch of his buddies in a small local pub, and live irish/celtic music. That was the best night of the trip, not a regular tourist story. Also went to Galway for a night just to get outta the city for a while. Better hostel there, clean(er), less cringe-worthy. Galway was nice, different crowd than the city, and got to see the landscape while in the bus there and back. This weekend was Amsterdam. Mixed reviews. The city itself is awesome. a series of canals runs throughout the city, im guessing like a dialed down venice. the red light district was hilariously disgusting, but im glad i saw it none the less. no crazy stories unfortunately. i thought it would be like some great lawless vegas, but its a normal city with a 5 block radius in the middle where anything goes, pretty weird, but mainly wayy overhyped. Its always fun to see new countries/places and make up your own mind about what you thought of it as opposed to hearing from other people. So everything continues to go well and every day is different. Feel free to email me whenever, its the easiest way to communicate, if not then i'll assume you hate me. Go bears.
Second week started, 3 days of class then headin off to Dublin from wednesday till saturday night. Hopin to stay with some buddies who are in the ND dublin program, or we'll just sleep in the green meadows.. Managed to find a tv last night to check out the bears game, kinda sucks to be here during that because literally nobody cares about nfl or even knows it exists. in other news, cut my hair into a mohawk with scissors on saturday night in an attempt to appear more euro. upon going out that night our group (who also wore euro outfits) were tagged as pure bred brits, great success. i put some of my pictures up on another website www.picasaweb.google.com/packy321 ill be putting all my pictures up on that site as i get motivated. keep in touch.
Classes have started after a great weekend doing random things around town and seeing most of the touristy sights. So far they sound great, the profs are all interesting and at first impression seem to be fairly cool. Also, to amend the last entry, the people within the nd program are great, no problems there, it was the local atmosphere which was kind of shaky, as we probably stood out horribly right off bat as loud americans. Starting to look at places to travel over breaks and long weekends. Considering Rome Sicilly, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, Madrid, and Barcelona. Obviously not all of those will work out, but by using the two big breaks as a central european trip and an italian trip could potentially work out, with weekend trips to places like Edinborough, York, Amsterdam, Paris. Hard to believe we've only been here 6 days haha.
Im here in London finally. travelling went well, the flight was way to long, but with some help from tylenol pm and a pint when we got outta the airport, i got over jet lag and have been wandering the city for the last 2 days. this place is incredible, the people..ehh... but we'll see. after this weekend itll be less group oriented and ill start moving around a lot. ill post pictures as soon as i can. cheers
I leave tomorrow morning from Grand Rapids to Chicago to London. Details to follow.