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Spring Break

After sleeping through Zagreb, we stopped in Ljubljana. It was early morning and we woke up to sleepy towns along  the river as the sun was rising! We immediately fell in love with Slovenia. It was 8am when we arrived in the city and thankfully there was a McDonald’s at the train station. COFFEE!!! Today we got lockers, thank the lord, and walked around this new city. We saw the river, the castle, the windy cobblestone street and all the plazas. The people were so nice and a lot of them speak English which always helps. I would seriously consider living there… that’s how much I loved it! We had a traditional Slovenian breakfast in the market of sausage, a kind of cheese spread, a red pepper sauce and a sort of pita bread and it was delicious. The market was awesome with all kinds of fruits and vegetables…. we got the best mango I’ve ever had there yummm! And the guy gave us free strawberries and a few mandarin oranges. At the flee market down the street I bought a ceramic square that is purple and full of other colors and says “Live your dreams.”  It was only 5 Euros too!!! The castle had amazing views of the city and countryside. At the time we thought that Ljubljana was a small city even though it is the capitol. But the historic center is small and amazing but there is actually a big city around it. We got some sushi on one of the streets and awww yumm I love sushi! After this wonderful place we were supposed to go to Graz in Austria but instead we headed straight to Vienna.

The nice part about this train ride is it wasnt at night. It was during the afternoon. So there weren’t any passport checks YAY but there were a lot of ticket checks. So I took a siesta  and it was amazing. The trains are pretty comfy but you don’t sleep like you would in a bed. So its nighttime now and we have to find our hostel. We get to sleep in beds!!!! and SHOWER!!!!! 🙂 It was a very restful night. Took long hot showers. Got breakfast at this awesome little bakery where i had the best croissant filled with some kind of pudding and whipped cream and strawberries on top yummmmm ❤ We went downtown and Vienna has to be one of the bigger cities I’ve seen and I don’t just mean size wise…. everything is so tall and grand. Everything looks important and it was a little much after our little historic center in Slovenia. It was quite a cold day and windy. Our feet were seriously hurting at this point in the trip. We asked these guys to take a picture for us in front of something that was huge and looked important and they asked us if we knew what it was…Kelly was like yea, well no not really hahaha and they laughed and told us it was a museum and so were all these other huge buildings. Awkward! Well anyway we walked around some more and saw the palace and there was going to be a race the next day so there were army men everywhere. We came across a wine festival and decided to join. Well we met some guys and little did we know that we’d have friends for the rest of the day. They were super nice, kept our wine classes full… don’t know how much we drank….we also had some Austrian beer Gösser and it was so good and it was lemony. Beer like number 4! We sang and danced to Austrian music and it was so much fun. It was a great day! We left to get some food and then go to a Mozart concert with dancing that we bought tickets for. Kelly got sick though and we think it was from this thing she had eaten earlier cuz we aren’t sure what it was but it looked like spam with cheese in it. eww So we couldn’t go 😦  We got sushi again the next day at the market and it was seriously delicious.. We were on a sushi roll haha

We headed out of Vienna and went to the home of the Sound of Music-Salzburg. We randomly found a hostel and thankfully they had rooms so we could spend the night. Perfect! We went and got tickets for a Sound of Music tour. I mean after all it was filmed there! It was so much fun seeing all the sights from the movie and singing the songs. Although interestingly enough the filming took place all over Salzburg and the countryside. We went out to Mondsee and it was amazing. It was raining but it was cool. After that fun filled day we went back to the hostel and actually watched the Sound of Music. We made some friends and they turned out to be weird and drunk… One guy was Irish and told me I was the perfect woman and asked me to marry him and move to Ireland and he would take care of me… hmmm yeaaaaa but I did get a free beer out of it.

Next day we got up and made our way to Germany to see the castle that the Disney castle is based off of in Füssen, Germany. We first had to go to Munich and switch trains to go to Füssen. Neuschwanstein Day! We were the only ones basically on this train till the last stop at the castle. So we started doing the Soulja Boy dance in the train car… yea you wish you were there… so as we get closer to our destination, we see that there is an  increasing amount of snow. uhh ohh.  We arrive and its a full out snow storm. We got lockers for our stuff and started up the mountain to the castle. Well it was quite the experience. It was seriously a mountain and it was cold and wet and snowing. We reach the top and we cant see a thing except white. We were really sad. I bought a little book about the castle with pictures of it inside just so I could see what it really looks like. At the bottom of the mountain there’s a smaller castle/mansion that we could see and it was quite impressive. We weren’t really in good moods after that. So off to Freiburg. That’s where this nice German guy named Hagen lives. He went to Kelly’s school in the US the year before. So on the way we do hw, take siestas, I’m procrastinating about this Anthropology book I have to read and write about. We also had a nice photo shoot on the train.

We made it to Freiburg  and we had problems finding Hagen who is like 6’4 and blonde. But we found him and seriously he’s sogenau tall! We walk to his apartment where we will be staying and he gives us a tour of the city. It’s a very quaint and charming little city. We go to his school and go to the top of the Physics building where there is great views of the city and mountain side. We went to a bar with his roommate and friend and we had some beers…yupp more beers…. and played a German quiz show. First round went ok since there were 3 German people and 2 English speakers. Well second round, everyone left to either go to the bathroom or smoke so it was just me. I had no idea… German really isn’t my language of choice butttttt I did guess at a few and I got 2 right!!!! One unfortunately Hagen translated wrong 😦 But it wasn’t that bad actually, I understood some stuff. Genau! Maybe I’ll learn it someday. We went to sleep and it was a good nights sleep. For breakfast we had pretzel bread… if you’ve never had it OMG seriously best bread EVER! We put butter and jam on it ahh yumm! We showered and off to Zürich we went.

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Spring Break, The Beginning

So Spring Break started on Friday April 5th but Kelly and I started our adventure on Sunday April 8th. Even before we started our trip things were already messed up because somehow the tickets had gotten all messed up with our names and one had gotten rescheduled. I was supposed to leave Alicante at 10pm to go to Barcelona to meet up with Kelly. Well, things never go as planned and the Ryanair plane ended up being 2 hours late. I arrived in Barcelona around midnight and almost spend the night in the airport but I ended up sharing a cab with a nice Spanish woman I met on the plane. I get a hold of Kelly and find out where I’m going and when we get there the bad driver tells me to be careful because this neighborhood isn’t that safe at night….great. It took 5 minutes to find Kelly and we go get a mojito at this bar she was at and the bartender gives me a free shot after I tell them my story about the plane woohoo. We go to the hostel and get some sleep. The next morning I had to catch a plane to Prague without Kelly but she would get there 24hrs after me.

I get to Prague and go to our hostel which is really nice and get settled in. I’m just using the wifi in the lobby/hangout area when like 6 guys walk in and ask me the wifi password. It happened to be written on the wall in huge letters and they just happened to be HOT and AUSTRALIAN. We started talking and they told me they were going out that night and that I should go. I thought about it and I wasn’t sure about going out with strangers or having the chore of getting ready after a very tiring day and almost sleepless night. But then I had a change of heart and decided I didn’t have anything else to do and how bad could it be right? I went out with them and people from their group called Contiki tours. We went to a Czech restaurant and had some food. I got these potato pancakes to die for yumm! Then the Australians decided that we were all gonna try this Czech liquor that is like pure alcohol. I also met some girls from Canada and a girl from California. After dinner, which the Aussies paid for… thank you btw if you’re reading this, we went to a beer factory. Funny because I don’t drink beer. So me and this one guy got shots of Absinthe and a rum and coke. Before we left we all got on the dance floor and were dancing. Then we walked to a club that was pretty empty being monday night and all. I got a yager bomb and we all danced. It was super hot in there so a bunch of went outside to get some air. Well turns out not too long after we all left and caught cabs home which were mad expensive. I took a cab with a very nice and handsome Australian and we held hands and cuddled and were laughing as we walked the rest of the way back from the cab. I even got a kiss 😉  The next day I was supposed to meet up with him but I went on a free walking tour and he went into town to go shopping with his other buddies. But later that night I saw him again and Kelly got to meet him and his Aussie crew… her mouth dropped wide open…. this was after I had to go find her at the train station and let me tell you, that shits huge! After that we waked around, got hot wine and even went to the Absinthe factory and hot Absinthe ice cream yummm! To end a very nice trip in Prague we watched this extremely old astronomical clock go off! We went to the train station, found our train, and headed off to Budapest. It was interesting sleeping on a train and we even sang Backstreet boys at 3am haha gotta love it!

8 and half hours later we arrive in Budapest at around 8:30am. It was an interesting night because every 2 hours someone wants to check your ID or your passport or your ticket so not much sleep yet again(3rd night in a row) We went to McDonald’s and got some breakfast and used the free wifi. It was yummy! We left to start our sightseeing. WE LOVE BUDAPEST! It has so much history, architecture, rivers, mountains, and it just has a great feel. We walked around the river and the entire city before deciding to hike the mountain with a statue and a fort on top. We had our backpacks on. It was quite the hike and we were superr tired but at the top you can’t say anything but wooow in complete amazement at the beauty of the view. At the fortress there are tons of vendors. We found a place where you could shoot an arrow with a bow. So we did it and it was so much fun! We met some Swiss guys and had coffee with them and even learned some Swiss-German words. We took pictures and walked down the mountain with them and split up finally because they wanted to go to dinner and we had to go. We grabbed some quick dinner, walked around and off we went to get on a train to Belgrade. As we walk through the train station we see stairs going down and look to see what’s there… wouldn’t you know it was lockers…. WTF ughhh

The train left at about 10pm and again passport checks and ticket checks were killer. We were passed out in between the door being slammed open and shut. Our little room was a mess and I don’t know what happened but I like to think it was an act of God that woke us up because we woke up at the same time and there was a man in our room who was about to rob us and Kelly said perdona (excuse me in English) He dropped our purses and backed out slowly and closed the door and he was gone. We think he tripped on my shoes that were all over the room floor. It was scary and weird and we were confused. It was only 4am and we still had a few hours till Belgrade. We went back to sleep and when I woke up there were miles of what looked like boxes and there were people in them. It was a real eye opener to see such a sight. We met these older gentlemen who happened to be a Serbian band and they weren’t bad. Once off the train we realized that we were in the ghetto but we kept walking and finally came across the nice part. The city was full of life and greenery and there was a fortress with views of the river that split into two. We met some Serbian guys who were really nice. We talked all afternoon and learned about life in Serbia, money, jobs, the culture and even  a few words. Hyvala means thank you. They invited us for drinks and we accepted… Earlier we had gotten drinks at a pub and that was the 1st beer of the trip… but this was beer number 2 OMG! Go Me! They were so nice and it was a good old fashioned good time. Kelly went for a ride on the one guys motorcycle! We walked around some more and back to the train station we went. Zagreb, Ljubljana and Graz here we come!

Well we kinda slept through the 4am stop for Zagreb but I will tell you this Croatia is the hardest country to get and out off. For Realz. They came through and asked for our passports, looked at them for 20 mins and then asked for other form of ID… like really?!?…. FINALLY, they we like ok and they left. We didn’t have any problems that night because there were curtains on the door and we slept on our stuff!

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