Don't Stop Me NowCause I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit
I'm traveling at the speed of light
And I'm back.
I've been back for about a week, but I've been too exhausted/jet lagged/lazy to get around to posting. Not to mention that it's taken a while to upload and resize my 400 odd pictures (the blessing and curse of digital cameras).
I had an absolutely fantastic time, one of the best experiences of my life - cliches be damned. It was non-stop touring, visiting, sight-seeing, partying, drinking, and dancing. I got about 3-4 hours of sleep a night, if that. Sometimes we just crashed for an hour and a half before getting on the bus the next day. I'm flat broke and still exhausted - but it was worth every penny and every lost minute of sleep.
Be prepared for pictures (click the links):
London is amazing (though it was disgustingly hot) - I was there by myself for the 4 days, so I spent all my time walking around trying to get in as many sights as possible:
- Me at the London Eye
- Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery
- Me at the British Museum when it was freaking 36 degrees outside!
- Westminster Abbey
- Crossing the Thames
- Me and the London Bridge
- The Berlin Wall (there's surprisingly a lot of it left, all covered in either professional or amateur grafitti/art)
- Sachsenhausen concentration camp, just outside of Berlin (really eerie experience, also fairly disturbing)
- The Brandenberg Gates
- Square where the Nazi book-burnings took place
- Monument to German contributions to literature, and me for scale
- Hollocaust memorial, and Hitler's bunker where he killed himself
- Me and Amanda, my roomate, out having a beer with the group
- Oh the beer - 1 litre 'steins'
One of my favourites of the trip, it was also where I did the most (and hardest) partying.
- Prague Castle at sunset
- View from the Castle
- The famous Charles Bridge
- Some of us on the bridge
- Me in Old Town Square at night, walking with ice cream!
- View from the Powder Tower
- The entire Contiki Group - <3
- Me and Amanda at our traditional Czech Evening dinner
- The Boys
- After a hard night of dancing it up in a sweat-pit night club
- Cruise along the River Vltava
- Vienna street at sunset
- The gorgeous Parliament building
- Mozart in the gardens
- Me and Goethe
- All dressed up at the Schonbrunn palace for dinner before the classical concert
- Me and Amanda at dinner
- The concert hall
- The last night in Vienna, we went to a nightclub - a photographer took our picture and actually posted it on their website! Check it out: www.gnadenlos.at
We had a short afternoon lay-over in Bratislava, where I oddly enough had McDonalds for lunch (trio and dessert cost me about 1.50 Canadian, hah!)
- Pretty fountain
- Weird War of the Worlds suspension bridge
- Quaint Church and typical street
- Painted Mozart busker dude
- Cute random statue
- Matt with another random statue
- Iron people suspended on wires over the street
Last, but far from least - my other favourite destination on the trip. It was stunningly gorgeous and so fascinating, plus the food was freaking amazing!
- part of the Millenium Monument, celebrating he 1896 Hungarian Land Conquest (special number that pops up all over the city, the Parliament building being 896 meters high)
- View from the top of Buda - Pest being on the right hand side of the Danube
- Mikey and I with the view
- The Chain Bridge
- The Parliament Building and it's stunning (and somewhat ostentatious) interior
- Pretty and blurry night shot of a light up building during our dinner cruise along the Danube
- Maggie and I at a open-air night club along the river
- Benny giving an unsuspecting girl "the spread" at said night club
- The famous and gorgeous Szechenyi baths where we relaxed for a wee while
- Random melting blue cow popsicle - decorated cows were spread throughout the city, for unexplained reasons
- Some of the gang chilling in a park
- Our last night of drinking, with Hans the coach driver at the hotel
To end this post full circle, here's a link to a quick video of us on the coach listening to our trips theme song - Don't Stop Me Now, by Queen. The bus had an iPOD hook up, so we listened to this song every morning. Such good memories!