Holy wow. Prague is mind boggling in such an amazing way. The city is littered, covered in graffiti in a lot of places, quirky with it’s random sculptures and absolutely beautiful. The buildings, the parks, the general landscape of it all… it is so wonderful. When I originally booked Prague, I had nine days scheduled in the city. Then I decided it was too much, so I looked for cheap flights to another location for a few days and eventually settled on a total of five days in Prague. This gave me more than enough time to see the city, do some research, settle in with a few books and whatever else I wanted to do. I arrived in Prague mid-day on a Saturday and immediately said “wow”.
I arrived in Stockholm on a Friday morning with high hopes, a long to do list and immediate disappointment. The area around Central Station was far from attractive, the sky has opened up and the ground was bizarrely sticky. I hustled to my hostel, checked in and settled in for an uneventful afternoon.
The train rolled into Copenhagen on a beautiful Monday afternoon and I was immediately in awe of the city. As I wandered to my hostel I took in some of the views that were on my list of things to do: Rosenberg Castle, The King’s Garden and more. I checked in and settled in to my room before coming up with a plan for the remainder of the day: grocery store dinner in the park. It was sunny and beautiful and I wanted to make the most of it. But when I stepped out of the hostel doors to head to the store the sky opened up and the rain came down in buckets. I changed my plans and grabbed a bizarre combination of foods to eat in my hostel bed. I spent the evening relaxing, reading, blogging and researching. The next day I had a lot planned and I wanted to be well rested!
We arrived at Narita airport exhausted from lack of sleep in our dorm the night before, but quickly caught a second wind and got super excited for our four nights in Tokyo! We caught the train into the city and exited at Shibuya Station. Shibuya was a highly recommended part of the city to stay in and it also is one of the largest metro stations we’ve ever seen. Shibuya is also home to Shibuya Crossing, which is said to be the busiest intersection in the world! It was so crazy to see everyone walking in every single direction when the traffic lights ALL went red, and the walking lights lit up!
Arriving in Boracay we were blown away by the views… and the beaches! No wonder this is a major tourist attraction. It was quite different from El Nido. The streets were busier, the town was much more expansive, there was a McDonald’s… there was a lot to take in. We split ways during this 8-night stop and did our own thing, so we’ll talk separately about our stay here.
We arrived in the Philippines and spent a night in Manila before heading out to our first long-term destination: El Nido. In Manila we spent the evening at a cute hostel called Z Hostel, which was recommended to us by a friend of a friend (thanks Marc!) The next morning we went to a small terminal in the airpot and hopped on an AirSwift flight direct into El Nido. We expected our normal budget airline… but were surprised with a great prop plane and even better service. We were given water and snacks upon arrival at the gate and the staff was fantastic. Our flight into El Nido was quick and beautiful!
The next stop on our Tour de Vietnam was Nha Trang. This was a town we were originally very excited to visit as we were longing for lazy days on the beach. However, as we worked our way south, all we heard from fellow travelers was how they did not like Nha Trang due to one thing: the abundance of Russians. Despite what we heard, we kept our original reservations and intended to stay for a week and enjoy the views.