Monday, August 31, 2009

Update from Europe

So now Erik and I are in Prague for the next two days. Its a great city, but for some reason full of mystery..Maybe its the crazy style of buildings that dont exist in the US....We arrived via train from Vienna two days ago. We took a overnight train. The train was really nice. Erik and I had our own little suite, complete with beds and a bathroom. I even took a shower on the train! But even with the bed, I only slept like a hour or so cause the ride was full of bumps and sounds. We arrived to Prague at 6 in the morning on Sunday. So everything was closed. We arrived to the hostel but they said that we coulnt check in until 1PM! So we pretty much had to wonder the city for 5 hours and see the sights on little sleep! That night we met my old roomie from Chile (he is from Prague) and he showed us around for the night. The next day we took a train to his place in the burbs and then he drove us around the countryside (we saw a couple neat castles)...

Our brief time in Vienna was cool as well. We only stayed one night though. Very quick trip. But one of the reasons that we booked the hostel was because they had musical instruments! They had a piano and a couple guitars. So of course we played! It was was great, we met a lot of talented people and soon had a jam session going on. I even busted out the harmonica for a jam on Roadhouse Blues with some people from Ireland! We had about 20 people watching us play. Great times....

Well, two more nights here and then Erik and I spit ways. He goes home and I go to the UK for about 2 more weeks.....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Update from Austria

So for the last couple of days, we have been in Austria. Its been great, amazing views of the alps and good food. Right now, we are staying in the town of St Joann, the reason why we are staying here is that Eriks rents have a timeshare thing and they let us use it. Its a pretty sweet place, except it kinda caters towards a older crowd....Anyway, its cool to have a free place. So during the day we have been relxing by the pool, playing ping pong or playing cards. We also did a sweet day hike in the Alps! It was really cool but really hard....The hike took about 9 hours to get up and down...We still have a couple more days here and then we leave for Vienna (another city in Austria) after that, its off to Prauge where Erik leaves and then I fly back to London for a few more weeks.....

Friday, August 21, 2009

Update from Germany

So it is really hard to type on German keyboards cause some of the letters are in different spots! Grr.....Oh well....Things are good here. We arrived to Germany last night after a 6 hour train ride. The trains were really nice, Erik and I had a suite to ourselves. We pretty much played cards for about the whole time. We are staying at Eriks cousins house, which is great cause it saves us some money, the only bad part it is really outside of the city and it takes us about a hour to get back home. But its nice to see the neighborhoods as well. We have been a little sluggish today cause we were pretty much up all night. Tonight and tomorrow we will probably just see some of the sights in the city. Last night was really random as well. One of the bars we went to last night, actually had a fav band of mine from Chile (Chillo Truijillo)! It was so cool! I mean what are the chances of that happening!

Off to the city...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Currently in Amsterdam

So now I am in Holland and it is very different from the Holland, MI that I grew up in...Sure they both have tulips and windmills but the culture is way laid back and accepting unlike the one in Michigan. Its funny to see drugs being sold on the street and it being legal, people going to coffee shops and seeing the "menu", folks walking down the red light district (that is legal here) see girls in the window and ordering.....Its funny...Other than that, its a neat city and pretty much interlocked with canals..

Before Holland, we spent two days in Brussels (Belgium). It also is a neat city with old style buildings. We had lots of good beer and good food (had a waffle and good chocolate) One thing that I have learned on this Europe trip is that the cities are pretty much built on top of each other and so the maps are really confusing. Its not like a newer city where it is built on the grid system and is very easy to get around...

Well, we are going to rent some bikes today and then tomorrow we take a train to Germany...Hasta

Saturday, August 15, 2009

In Paris

So, its been a long time since I have updated this thing..Sorry! But, I have been all over the place it seems like. So after a week road trip outwest to family, I decided to join my friend on a European adventure for 6 weeks! So I arrived last week. After a long flight, I arrived to London last Tuesday. My bud Erik, met me at the airport and we went from there. We did a little sightseeing those days, but it was rushed because we had to take the high speed train from London to Paris the next day. But, I plan on returning to London after Erik leaves and I will do all the other London highlights. So until now, we have just been exploring France. We saw all the famous sights, the Eiffle Tower, the Arc, the Louvve (prob spelled wrong), Notre Dame. We still have two days here before we leave for Holland. Paris is a really neat city, lots of cafes, bars and such. But the low side is that it is very expensive. I mean a latte at a nice place costs about 13 dollars! Crazy huh? Weather has been good too, its been pretty hot, but Sunny on most days. For the last two days, we have been staying at the Paris Hilton (jaja), which is great since we have access to the Exec lounge and pretty much eat all our meals there....I decided to use points cause even the hostels are 70 bucks per person...