I gave the blog a rest for about a week to really separate myself from the trip, and to focus on my post-dialogue Euro-trip travels. However, the dialogue still hasn’t escaped my mind. I miss my friends, I actually (yes actually) miss the homework/reporting, and I miss Spain overall! My travels have been absolutely incredible but, as Carlene would put it, “I am like a dog with a bone” I just can’t let it go. But I refuse to sit here and be a Debbie Downer, here are a few updates from my current travels.
From Madrid I took a train to Barcelona, then flew to Prague, I then took the train again to Berlin, and again to Amsterdam.
Hello from the Netherlands everyone!
Currently, I am sitting at a stool in the restaurant/pub of my hostel (the St. Christopher’s Inn **it’s awesome here!). You really do meet such interesting people abroad. In the past 3 days I have met 3 people in 3 different groups in 3 different cities that are all in my sorority at several universities in the U.S., such a small world.
Barcelona was incredible! I was only in the city for about a day and a half but in that day I believe I soaked up enough sun for a lifetime. My friend Will and I stayed in an apartment just a few streets down from La Rambla, one of the most famous streets in all of Barca. We shopped, beached and ate! We found a beautiful beach restaurant on the sand and that pretty much accounted for 75% of our time.
Next on the list…Prague! or Praha!? or perhaps Praga!? Still so confused.
Prague was amazing also. We went on a free walking tour of the city and saw everything! The old city, the new city, the churches the astronomical clock, the old Jewish Quarter…it was so much fun. We also went on a beer tour in the city where the alcoholic beverage was founded. It was an educational tour on the process of brewing, and it taught the group the differences of all types of beer.
From Prague we visited Berlin. Such a unique city. It’s beautiful in a raw, industrial sort of way. We went to the East Berlin Wall Gallery which was filled with beautiful graffiti. We ate the local fare and had currywurst, schnitzel, Becks German Beer, and bratwurst. On our second day we went to visit Sachsenhausen former German concentration camp, it was incredibly moving and so interesting.
The last bit of traveling already endured was Berlin to Amsterdam, and let me tell you if what happened to us doesn’t define a perfectly bizarre Eurotrip, I’m not sure what does. Will and I decided to take an overnight train from Germany to Holland with one transfer in between. At 12:30am we were to get off of our starting train and switch over to another before its departure at 1245am. And so, we attempted to do so. We got off our train at 1228am and switched to the proper platform #3 at 1234am. We waited…and waited…and waited, all to no prevail, nothing came. 1am rolls around and the only other person on the platform, an older woman, approaches us to ask if we knew what was going on. Of course we didn’t. We’re are all standing around confused when a train staff member walks by. The German woman approaches him. Apparently the train came and went at a different platform and didn’t notify the station as to what was happening. This would happen.
But all of a sudden a small miracle happened. The man who worked at the station was driving a small cargo car to another station 45 minutes away where the train to Amsterdam was scheduled to make a pit stop. Before we knew it, at 115am the man offered to give the three of us a ride. #What!? And better yet, we caught the train! I don’t know how, or why this happened but I’m not questioning it, I got to ride in the drivers compartment of a cargo train, and now I am in Amsterdam. hahaha Funny how things happen.
Today we walked around exploring the city, and…..I got my nose pierced! It was a spur of the moment decision and I am pretty much running off of 2 hours of sleep but I love it. After that we went to the Heineken Experience and got a tour of the factory, we also went on a canal ride which was packed, but also a lot of fun.