Prague, Czech Republic…You’ve Won Me Over!

Jenny here…

I was ecstatic to finally make it to Prague! I’ve dreamed of visiting this historic city and it’s charming little streets and old buildings…and beer, oh the beer! 

I started off in Prague by going on a walking tour, as I typically do to familiarize myself with the city and I fell in love pretty much immediately! I was staying in a hostel located right off the old town square which is a beauty in itself, and that’s where the meeting place was for the tour as well. We roamed the cobblestone streets and learned the history of the city and how it’s one of the very few cities in Eastern Europe that didn’t get destroyed during WWII, so the buildings are so old and as authentic as they seem. We walked through the old Jewish quarter and ended with sights of the Prague Castle, what a stunner! 

Old Prague Square

The famous Astronomical Clock

Old Jewish Quarter

Rudolfinium

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

I spent one afternoon exploring on my own and found a cute daytime market with food and drink and indulged in some raclette, a beer and my first trdelnik, a sweet treat that can be found every 10 meters in Prague. 


One evening, I went on an organized Beer Tour and it was such a fun time! Not only did I learn about the history of beer in the Czech Republic, and how in a small town nearby called Pilsen, they came up with the way that beer is brewed all over the world to this day, but we also tasted delicious unfiltered beer from several pubs around town. I made some fun friends on the tour and we ended up hanging out long after the tour was over!

The next day, I opted for a guided tour of the castle, and met up with some Italian friends made on the beer tour. We were amazed at the sheer size of the castle, and in all reality, it’s more like a village, since it’s made up of a bunch of different buildings. The castle grounds also houses the enormous and beautiful Saint Vitus Cathedral.

St. Vitus Cathedral

Stunning city views from the castle grounds!

The back of St. Vitus Cathedral…stunning!

My Italian friends!


For dinner, the Italian girls and I, along with another guy we met on the tour, decided to head further up the hill to a monastery where they also brew their own beer. We heard from our guide that the restaurant there is very nice and the beer is some of the best in the world, so of course we had to try it out! I ordered the crispy roast duck for dinner and it was phenomenal! The beer was up there with the best I had ever tasted! 

The best duck I’ve ever had!

We walked the famous Charles Bridge back and took in night views of the castle and the city. 
I spent one rainy evening hanging out at a cozy restaurant/pub enjoying beers and food, and ended up at a table full of guys on a reunion of sorts from all over the Czech Republic. It was so random and so fun, topped off with great beer and food! 

I can still taste the deliciousness of these housemade chips and garlic sauce!


I think that Prague is one of the most charming cities that I’ve ever been to, and that is saying a lot. I loved every moment in this beautiful city!

~Jenny

Berlin, Germany…My Introduction to Winter for the first time in 2017

Jenny here…

It was bound to happen at some point y’all, I finally met winter in 2017. I’d done a dang good job of avoiding winter the entire year (starting off my travels last January in New Zealand and Australia). I made a quick stop in Amsterdam at Jackie’s to ditch my summer clothes and shop for winter, then headed off for Berlin. I was super excited to finally make it to Eastern Europe, a part of Europe that’s totally new to me! 

I walked a ton during my time in Berlin, as I had plenty of days there, so was never in a rush to see the next place. I did a couple of walking tours in the city, one being an alternative tour about the street art which is a huge part of Berlin, and another more traditional tour highlighting historic buildings, stories, and walls. Really just one wall, you know the one, the Berlin Wall, or what’s left of it. 

Brandenburger Tor

Holocaust Memorial for survivors

Standing over Hitler’s War Bunker

Checkpoint Charlie

I walked the strip of the Berlin Wall that’s still standing, now known as the East Side Gallery – the wall is decorated with graffiti from artists all over the world. 

I went to a few museums focusing on the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust and WWII. I had an extra day so booked a day trip to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp outside of Berlin, and it was quite the solemn tour. This wasn’t an extermination camp like Auschwitz, but thousands still died here. Walked right into the room to be gassed, thinking they were getting showers. It was just horrific to be reminded of the dark history of the region.

Each day after visiting museums that basically depress you, I found desire for beer, lots of delicious German beer. And German food, oh how I missed thee! (My dad’s mother is from Germany and I’m spoiled by her German cooking throughout the year when I’m home.) I ended up finding one super cozy restaurant in a cute neighborhood and visited it several times for dinner and drinks and just a place to hang out for the evening. 


Berlin is such a cool city with something for everyone! I enjoyed my time here thoroughly.
~Jenny

Lisbon, Portugal and Sintra Day Trip

Jenny here…

I was lucky enough to be able to head over to Lisbon from Seville via bus, and arrived at my amazing hostel in the evening, welcomed by free and unlimited sangria in the social room. Lisbon was already starting off on a great note! I had heard from some travel friends that Lisbon has the best hostels and took the recommendation from my Aussie friend Cat (met in Barcelona) and booked the Good Morning Lisbon hostel, which she stayed at in her time there. 

The free breakfast at the hostel was the best I’d encountered in my many months of hostel life! Every morning we had someone cooking eggs different ways, Toasties (versions of grilled cheese), fresh veggies, fruits and even chorizo! Yum!

Yummy!

I went on a walking tour of Lisbon and realized that this city has crazy similarities to San Francisco. It’s a super hilly city, has a trolley system going around the whole city, is by the water, and even has a bridge designed by the same guy that designed the Golden Gate Bridge. The views from all over Lisbon are just spectacular! 

One evening, I made it to a lookout point for sunset, and realized it was a really cool hangout spot. There was a stand selling beers, people bringing their own bottles of wine and a full on band playing great music. The sunset was brilliant too!

One afternoon I spent a few hours seeing the city on the trolley! It was such a fun experience and a great way to get around to the different points in the city. 

For dinner, I had to try the famous dish that I’d heard all about from travel friends, called Peri Peri Chicken. Its simply a grilled chicken but has amazing flavor and was cooked to perfection! 

Did I mention the restaurant only offered bottles of wine? No problem!


My hostel offered a unique guided day trip to Sintra, a town nearby that everyone says is a must-see, full of palaces and mysterious legends. I left for the day with a few others from my hostel and our adorable local guide and we had a great time. We started off in Sintra at the Quinta da Regaleira Palace. The grounds were really beautiful and there was a set of tunnels and caves used by the Free Masons years back, which added some intrigue to the place! 

We had an authentic Portuguese lunch at a super local spot. I enjoyed a traditional dish called Bitoque and tried out the house made red wine and 7up combination that’s simlar to the delicious tinto de veranas in Spain, so tasty!! 

We made our way to the highest point in the area for views, then on to the most Western point in Europe! So stunning!

Views of the most Western point in Europe

Europe’s most western point!


Our crew for the Sintra day tour! Fun times!

On our way back into Lisbon, we stopped at the beach to enjoy a local treat called Travesseiros de Sintra, a yummy pastry with almond and sugar! So delicious!! 

On my last night there I finally decided to try the famous Portuguese egg tarts, and realized what a fool I had been to not have had one earlier! They are so scrumptious it’s not possible to just have one!

Portuguese egg tarts…so addictive!!

I absolutely adored Lisbon and it’s certainly a city that I would return to in the future! 
~Jenny

3 Glorious Weeks in Sunny Spain

Jenny here….got behind on my posting…again. I spent 3 amazing weeks in Spain room mid September to early October.

San Sebastian, Spain

I flew from Greece to Barcelona, Spain and immediately took a train to San Sebastian, where I would be meeting back up with Derek and some of his family and friends who were there on holiday for a long weekend. We had a great time catching up, making new friends and hanging out with a wild crew full of Irish and Australians…fun times. We hung out on 2 of the stunning beaches in town, ate at many of the delicious pincho bars and consumed an incredible amount of yummy red wine that costs 2 euros a glass.

IMG-20171001-WA0006.jpgWe spent one afternoon at a cider house enjoying amazing food served family-style to long picnic tables, and sampling all of the different barrels of apple cider.In the evenings, we hung out on the small narrow cobblestone streets enjoying endless glasses of red wine and laughing a lot.Our last day in San Sebastian was spent hanging on a gorgeous beach!San Sebastian turned out to be one of my favorite cities in Spain, with some of the best food that you can find in the country, cheapest (good) wine, and incredible beaches!

Barcelona, Spain

I had a few days to spend in Barcelona and I immersed myself in the incredible architecture that the city is known for, and also tasted some amazing tapas while there.

My first day included a tour around the city seeing all of Antoni Gaudi’s famous buildings and hearing the history about this widely-known architect that made such an imprint on this incredible city.

In front of the magnificent Segrada Familia

We ended at the Segrada Familia, Gaudi’s greatest unfinished masterpiece! We learned a but the different facades, which can be seen on 3 of the sides of the outside of the cathedral, and simply take your breath away with the detail. The following day I was able to get a tour of the inside of this insanely large cathedral, and it was absolutely incredible!

I had a tip from a travel buddy that once lived in Barcelona, to go to the Bunkers del Carmel for the best views of the city, so a few friend I’d met from my hostel joined me on the trek up to the Bunkers and we took in the breathtaking sights of the entire city!I did another tour of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona and learned more about the history of the city and some of the most important buildings in the city. Here I met Cat, an Aussie girl that I totally hit it off with and we hung out until we both flew out the following day.A group of us from the hostel went to a delicious highly recommended (by several people) tapas restaurant called Vitalus. We shared lots of different tapas plates and some tasty sangria!On our last morning, Cat and I went to the famous Boqueria Market, once voted the best market in the world, to wander around and grab different bites of food for lunch. Cat and I went up and down every gorgeous, colorful aisle taking in the fresh food sights and smells and ordered some local Catalonian food, shared an empanada, and skewer of grilled meat! We ate 2 fresh fruit cups each, they were just so delicious and cheap!

My time in Barcelona was so nice, I thoroughly enjoyed the city’s sights, food and drink…what more could I ask for?!

Granada, Spain

I flew down to Granada on a recommendation from some friends I met in Barcelona. When I originally arrived in Spain, I had no plan other than to eventually make it down the southern coast and get to Portugal. I relied on word of mouth from friends made at my hostel to plan what cities that I would visit, so that’s how I ended up here in Granada! I am so glad I did, because it became my favorite city in Spain!

My hostel was fun and social, with loads of activities keeping us busy. My hostel was also great in that they were able to get me tickets to the Alhambra, a huge Islamic palace and fortress in Granada built in the year 800.

I also went on a walking tour of the city led by a guy that worked for my hostel, which included seeing the famous graffiti around town, having a beer in a “cave” with a local that lives in it, and ending with an incredible sunset view over the city.

 

I also hiked the Sierra Nevada mountain range with people from my hostel, which was so great to be back to hiking and the great outdoors with spectacular views!

One night our hostel offered a special on paella, so much group of friends opted to enjoy that for dinner on our outside patio, then we took in a local Flamenco dancing show which was so entertaining and a neat experience!

Another one of my favorite things about Granada is that pretty much every restaurant gives you a free tapas with the order of a drink, so I never paid for food in this city! I also met a friend, Kim, originally from Malaysia but living in England for 10 years now. We hung out on and off over the next week!

Seville, Spain

I headed on a bus bound for Seville and immediately joined some friends from Granada for tapas and drinks and just relaxed for the rest of the evening. 

I did a walking tour of Seville where we saw most of the main sights in the city and learned the history of the town. The tour ended at the stunning Plaza de Espana, which is breathtaking!

We took a break from the sun and listened to this guy play some great music!

After the tour, Kim and I got tickets to go inside the 2 cathedrals in Seville, the 2nd being the 3rd largest cathedral in the world, called Cathedral de Sevilla, which also happens to house the tomb of Christopher Columbus. 

The tomb of Christopher Columbus

That evening we went to the Metropolitan Parasol building for a stunning sunset! We then enjoyed a free vegetarian paella dinner at our hotel which was delicious! 

The next evening, our last one in Seville, we found a great recommendation for a local tapas spot and basically ordered the whole menu! 

Cadiz, Spain
Kim and I decided to take a day trip to Cadiz, to see this ages old beach town that is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe! We took a train to town, then walked around viewing the cathedral, taking in some food at a local market, then lounging beachside for some rays. We also enjoyed some tinto de verano drinks in the square before heading back to Seville that evening. 

My time spent in Spain was so amazing, and I am so thrilled that I was able to make it to this region in Europe! Up next, Lisbon, Portugal!

~Jenny

Greek Island hopping at its finest!

Jenny here!

I left Switzerland on a train, or should I say 4 trains and a bus ride, headed for Amsterdam to stay with Jackie, where we would spend a few days relaxing and prepping for our 3 week island hopping trip to Greece!

We first arrived to a major city in Greece called Thessaloniki, which is the 2nd largest city but also was the cheapest one to fly into at the time. We were here for 2 days until we could get a boat to our first island. We spent those days walking the old city, wandering the streets shopping, stopping for glasses of house wine, which we learned to embrace throughout Greece – it’s tasty and cheap, eating the delicious food that this city is known for and just being tourists in general.

We boarded a ferry headed for our first island, called Alonissos. We didn’t know much about this island when we initially booked it, just that it was cute, and a way to work our way south to the other islands. We had no idea that we would actually enjoy the island so much!

 

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The view from our hotel room balcony – so beautiful!

 On our first morning here, we decided to actually go scuba diving, as that is how I actually met Jackie – on a liveaboard boat in Thailand scuba diving 4 times a day for 4 days, and Jackie was wanting to get more dives in before she heads back to Thailand in January to get her divemaster certification. When we arrived at the dive shop that morning, which was conveniently located beneath our hotel room, the craziest thing happened. We saw a couple sitting on the patio next door and the guy yells out “Jackie”! We looked at each other and thought, that’s strange, someone else nearby shares your name…then we heard it again, and the guy said “it’s Chris and Verana from Thailand”, and our jaws dropped! This Austrian couple were also in Jackie’s dive group on our liveaboard in the Similan Islands in Thailand. What a SMALL WORLD! We had all met 6 months prior, and here we are finding ourselves on the same Greek island at the same dive center heading out to dive together once again! So wild!IMG_20170902_113127.jpg Similan Islands, Thailand liveaboard buddies! So wild to run into each other 6 months later!

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 Our dive instructor, Panos, was a super friendly local guy who helped us to decide where to have dinners (in old town) and he and his lovely wife even joined us for dinner and drinks the night of the day we went diving. He also helped us to secure a motorbike which we would use to cruise around the island to find all of the scenic view points and locate the prettiest beach to hang on our second day on the island. I’m so lucky that Jackie drives a scooter at home in Amsterdam, so she had a license for it which made it so much easier for us to get around the islands over the next several weeks!

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 We found a lovely beach and had a few nice meals, then our time on this island was over. We headed out on a ferry bound for a city on the coast, from where we would grab a bus to Athens. We learned that the port in Athens is really the largest one and one that we needed to make our way to in order to get to the islands that we were hoping to visit.IMG_20170904_140156.jpg Goodbye Alonissos!

 We spent a lovely evening in the Plaka area of Athens, which is super cute with cobblestone streets lined with restaurants and tables of people eating outside, lights, music and dancing!

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The next morning we headed for the Acropolis and put our tourists hats on for a few hours, wandering about and taking in the wonder that is the Parthenon and surrounding buildings making up the old city. I’ve been before, but its just as amazing as it was years ago when I was there last.

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 That evening we boarded another ferry that took us to an island called Syros. Now, this island, well, we have no idea how we ended up here. It wasn’t very exciting and it was quite small and there wasn’t a lot to do here. I think we ended up here because all of the accommodations on the more popular islands were fully booked when we went to book a place to stay the night before. We completely were winging it on this trip and thought that because it wasn’t high season anymore, we could book things the day before. We thought wrong. It was a shoulder season but happened to still be packed everywhere! We spent our 2 days on this island on a beach making plans for the remainder of our 2.5 weeks so we didn’t have to stress about it anymore!

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Our adorable hotel in Syros

 After Syros, we headed for Paros, and island that we heard was lovely but didn’t know too much about. We ended up having an amazing time here and truly loving all of the scenery that this island provided. Each day we took our motorbike around, and stopped off in the cute villages to wander about, having lovely lunches on the water, then making our way to the nicer beaches on the perimeter of the island. Paros island has the houses like everyone thinks of when they think of Greece, white painted homes with blue shutters. It must be a requirement on the island because its covered with them, and that makes it particularly stunning!

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We left Paros on yet another ferry headed for Mykonos. We were staying just outside of Mykonos City, close enough to all of the action, but far enough out to be on an actual beach. We absolutely loved our location here, where we stayed at a small family run hotel on the water, a 10 minute walk to Mykonos town, and the owners helped us out in any way they could. We got a motorbike our first afternoon there, and took off exploring. The next few days would be spent on the motorbike, driving up and down and around the huge hills/mountain that are prevalent on Mykonos. We also hit up several beaches, including some real stunning ones with insane views.

 IMG_20170912_133630.jpg My favorite picture of the harbor and Mykonos town, taken from the motorbike while exploring!

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Views from above our favorite beach on Mykonos island

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 We really embraced the Greek way of eating late dinners, with one even beginning as late as 1am…craziness! Mykonos is known to be quite expensive, so we saved by having our now traditional breakfast of Greek yogurt with honey and some fruit, then typically had lunch on a beach consisting of random veggies and dips. This allowed us to have a couple of lovely meals out on the town and even some partying at the clubs. I highly enjoyed my time on this incredibly gorgeous island!

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Out on the town in Mykonos City

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Picnic lunch on the beach suits us just fine!

 From Mykonos, we headed to Santorini, and island that I was secretly the most excited about. I’d heard that it is supposed to be the most beautiful of the Greek islands and boy, it did not disappoint! We first arrived into the port on the caldera side, or the side that is nothing but huge cliffs with villages stacked on top of each other above the cliffs. It’s simply stunning. We stayed in Fira, which is one of the 2 main cities to stay in, and we felt like we made the best choice in that location. We got a motorbike once again and cruised the entire island over the next couple of days, taking in the red sand beaches and black lava rock beaches and more incredible views.IMG_20170917_130333.jpg Santorini Caldera views from Fira

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 We also happened to be there for Volcano Day, which is an annual holiday remembering the volcanic eruption that occurred and created the Santorini that we know today. We found out that they were going to be setting off fireworks over the actual volcano that Saturday night, so we thought ahead and got reservations at a restaurant on the caldera overlooking the volcano and the sunset. It was an amazing dinner and even better views for the evening!IMG_20170916_191528.jpg Dinner views picture on Volcano Day!

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Cheers to traveling Greece with a great friend!

IMG_20170916_201327.jpgIMG_20170916_195135.jpg Incredible sunset before the fireworks show over the volcano! 

We really enjoyed the black sand, or black volcanic rock beaches. The sun was hot and the water was cold. We found a restaurant that offered free lounge chairs and umbrellas for customers, and ended up enjoying the best seafood feast of our trip on a beach there!

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YUM!!!

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Lunch with a view!

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We made this Greek specialty, Strapatsada for breakfast every day in Santorini since our apartment had a kitchen! Delicious!

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Fresh seafood lunch on our last afternoon in Santorini

 We also really enjoyed checking out the other town on Santorini that is quite famous for its caldera views, called Oia. It truly is picturesque, and supposedly when you see pictures of Santorini, its usually pictures from this town. I absolutely loved Santorini and if there is one Greek island that I’d go back to in a heartbeat, it would be this one.

Our last Greek island was Crete, where we spent a few relaxing days in Chania, a town on the north west side of the large island. The old town is so adorable, with an area called Little Venice, reminiscent of the actual Italian city. We also went scuba diving again here, and it was actually incredible. The diving Chania is known for is cave diving, which neither Jackie nor myself had ever done. It was so neat to scuba down into underwater caves, seeing the sunlight streaming in, going through many swim-throughs where sometimes you just barely fit! What a fun experience!

A glimpse of an underwater cave!

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Little Venice in old town Chania

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Our favorite salad that we had twice while in Chania – so fresh and simple and tasty!

 After 3 full weeks, our time in Greece had to end. Jackie and I had the best time together, with many hours put in on the motorbikes, exploring and in search of the best scenic views, beaches and most amazing Greek food!

~Jenny

 

 

 

Reunion with my Swiss girls in beautiful Switzerland!

Jenny here!

While traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia in April and May, I made some great friends from Switzerland whom I was traveling with for nearly a month. When we eventually had to part, we had plans to meet back up in mid August, where I would join them in the Swiss Alps for a huge music festival. Fast forward to mid August, I flew into Zurich late on a Wednesday night, Mile picked me up from the airport and we got a quick sleep in before Patty and her brother, Dominik picked us up early Thursday morning to head for the mountains! It was an insanely gorgeous 4 hour drive up and into the mountains to a town called Gampel, Switzerland, which is the nearest town to the festival called Open Air Gampel.

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A stunning bright blue lake we passed on the drive to Gampel

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Patty and me

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Mile, myself and Patty on one of the stops we made on the drive up….just gorgeous!

When the 4 of us arrived, we met up with 2 other girls that were friends of Patty’s boyfriend, who we joined forces with to lug tons of camping gear and backpacks and essentials for 4 days camping out in the mountains! We waited in what was apparently the longest crowd ever in the history of the festival, but finally got in and set up our not so little tent city.

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Madness trying to enter the festival!

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Our section of tents…including 7 sleeping tents and 2 pavilions….which both managed to fly away during an intense wind and rain storm Friday night!

More people would join our group, including Nico, Patty’s boyfriend, and Mile’s other two sisters Kreni and Tipsy. All in all we had about 15 or more people in our group for the next few days. We spent our mornings sitting around laughing about the night before, catching up, snacking, me reminding people to speak in English at least part of the time, deciding when to have our first adult beverage again, going to the main areas for food,  then eventually making our way to the main stage to watch the performances of the many Swiss and German bands that were performing at the festival. All of this, set in the most incredible scenery….in a valley among the monstrous Swiss mountains!

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My Swiss girls!! The 4 of us traveled throughout Vietnam and Cambodia together with our buddy Imran…forever friends!!

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Mile and me

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Toten Hosen – a super popular German band that the entire festival was waiting to see…I somehow ended up in the front for the concert…swaying away on the sappy songs and jumping on the pop ones….not having a clue what they were singing…but enjoying it anyways!

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Such a fun crew!

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Stunning scenic views around one of the stages!

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More pics of the mountains surrounding us for 4 fun days!

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Most of our crew for the long weekend!

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The girls!

At last on Sunday it was time to make our way back to Zurich, after taking in one last concert that afternoon. The next night, after a lazy day for me of doing laundry while the girls were already back at work, we enjoyed a beautiful Swiss cheese fondue dinner on the patio of the apartment that the 3 sisters, Mile, Kreni and Tipsy share. I am so spoiled by the friends that I’ve made on this journey!

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Swiss cheese fondue with veggies, bread and wine! YUM!!!

The next evening when Mile and Kreni got off work, we took the train to a nearby town called Baden, for Badenfahrt, a festival that only happens every 10 years, and with my good luck, I happened to be around for it! Bars, stages and market stalls line the streets and it’s incredibly lively and festive. Many people take time off work to come to this even, and we were lucky enough to head to it just for the evening. Fun times!

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The girls and I at Badenfahrt

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Mile, myself and Kreni…I’ll miss these girls so much!

After quite a few action packed days, I had to say goodbye again to my Swiss friends. We have the best time together and are always planning on when we can meet up again in the future. I had an incredible time catching up with them and seeing parts of their mystical and stunning Switzerland that I’d not yet seen in my prior travels. I’ll treasure our time together and be looking forward to the next time!

~Jenny

 

 

Always a good time in London Town!

Jenny here….still trying to get caught up on the blogging…was in London, England mid-August…

I took a train down from Edinburgh into London and found my way to my hostel via the Underground. It’s pretty cool when you get out of the train station, go straight to the Tube, and your first sight above ground is this:

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First views of London – Tower of London at the tube closest to my hostel!

Once in my hostel room, I immediately met a guy and a girl in my room who were heading down to the hostel bar for a few drinks before dinner and heading out for a nice little Saturday night. I agreed to meet them down there, and told my friend Christina, whom I had met on my tour of the Scottish Highlands, to also meet up with us, since we had taken the train down together.

We had a nice little evening out, with some Asian food for dinner, and found some cute pubs to have some cocktails in before realizing that we were completely exhausted and heading back home for some rest.

The next morning, I had plans to meet up with my buddy Prahlad that I met in El Nido back in May when I was in the Philippines. We met up in Camden, where he lived before he left for Australia and traveling, and its an area he considers home with much nostalgia. We set out to wander about the Camden Market, which on a Sunday is insanely crowded and buzzing with people eating, drinking and shopping. We had a pint by the water, ate a burrito from an amazing food truck setup there, then headed off on a walk to Primrose Hill Park, which was nearby and boasts stunning views of the city.

We had another pint or 2 after the park, then Prahlad had to head out to watch some sporting event, and I made some friends and spent a while roaming Camden enjoying meeting new people and the gorgeous weather we had been blessed with that day.

The next day was spent with Christina, doing mostly touristy things, most of which I’d seen on prior trips to London, but there’s something about this city that seems brand new each time you’re there. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, for many reasons, but mostly because there is always something going on there and there is always something new to do!

We toured for a few hours through the Tower of London…listening to the adorable Beefeaters and seeing the Crowned Jewels never gets old!

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Christina and I with the beautiful Tower Bridge

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Ugly London Bridge

Christina and I headed to a new-to-me market called Borough Market, where there are TONS of vendors selling food and drinks from all over the world. After walking around the market a few times, we finally settled on our choices and were both content with the food decisions we had made!

We were debating calling it an early night, when I suggested we make our way to the Theatre district and see if there was a chance if we could catch a show for cheap. We hopped on the tube and learned at the first box office we found, that all the shows on that day were around 7:30, and seeing as it was 7pm already, we had a very short amount of time to make a decision. We landed on Yank, the Musical, which was heart-wrenching, captivating and hysterical at times!

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The next day was my last full day in the city, and since I’d been to London a couple of times before, I didn’t feel the need to run around sight-seeing like a crazy person, as I’d seen all of the sights multiple times. I decided that day that I’d just walk, but first, I enjoyed an amazing Indian meal for lunch. I love Indian food, and certain parts of London are known for their amazing Indian cuisine, as there is a large Indian population in the city. The meal was all I’d hoped for, then I set off walking towards the main parks of the city.

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I started at Westminster Abbey, which also has amazing sights of Big Ben. From there I set off for St. James Park which leads right to Buckingham Palace. From there I walked through Green Park, then Hyde Park on to the Kensington Gardens. For a day of non-sightseeing, I certainly ended up seeing a lot!

That evening, I had setup drinks with an old DB coworker of mine, Pete. I met him in the financial district near the bank he currently works at, and settled in for an evening of pints, whiskeys and a great catchup.

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Pete was thrilled to pose for a quick pic for our old coworkers

My time in London was actually a nice break from what it felt like lots of scenic sightseeing in Ireland and Scotland, and was really lovely to meet up with a few friends that are lucky enough to call London home.

Until next time, London!

Jenny