Europe Trip 2010 – Side Trip to Innsbruck, Austria (Day 28)

Thursday, April 1, 2010 Venetian Highlights: Sunrise near San Marcos Square Transport Highlights: Snow in Brenner Stazione, Italy Innsbruck Highlights: Finding Nepomuk’s Hostel/Hotel Bed & Breakfast I had set an alarm this morning for if I wanted to wake up at some unruly hour and take vaporetto #1 down and back through the Grand Canal [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – Lost in Venetian Allure (Day 27)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Venetian Highlights: Murano Island – Known for their glass-work (look to go into a glass factory area for free) St. Michele’s Cemetery Island – No more room on the island for the dead unless it was reserved looong ago Rialto Bridge Mercato – Fresh fruit and veggie market San Marcos – [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – The Grand Canal in Venizia (Day 26)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Now it seems like I don’t do anything but blog! But that’s not all true. I have arrived in Venice, Italy. Because I had read some about the city before arriving, I knew what not to expect (as well as to do what I normally do…which is to expect nothing) and [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – Daytrip in Florence (Day 26)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Okay, back again, this time on a different train. I spent the last 5 hours in Florence wandering the streets and bought more souvenirs now than I did when I was here on the tour haha. I got off the train, confused as to where to go as usual, and found [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – Leaving Italy (Day 26)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 It’s a strange feeling, leaving a place. Even though I can rely on the fact that many times change can come to me easily and I just go along with it without being too emotional or distressed, it always makes me contemplate more…reflect more. Learn more I guess. And in some [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – Monterchi & Italian Bowling (Day 24/25)

Monday, March 29, 2010 Yesterday (Monday, March 28th) was such a fun filled day. We all woke up early (we wake up early every morning whether we like it or not because the kids are up and chattering by 6 or 7am every morning) and all went out to Monterchi for the morning. It’s not [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – HelpX in Fonaco, Italy (Day 19)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Saturday marked my first HelpX experience. I got on a train from Perusia to Arezzo and hoped for good things while expecting nothing. You can’t be disappointed if you expect nothing (for the most part at least). I had my Chacos on and wanted to change to tennis shoes, but some [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – Perugia, Italy (Day 17/18)

Sunday, March 21, 2010 Let’s start off with, “Perugia was amazing.” Not in a sense where I’d never want to leave, but it’s so unique (haha like every place I seem to have visited so far). I arrived mid-afternoon on the train near an old man who kept trying to talk to me in Italian. [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – EuroRail to Perugia (Day 15)

Friday, March 19, 2010 Today marks my first day on the EuroRail train network. I had ordered my 2 month continuous EuroRail pass before leaving for Europe upon a friend’s recommendation, and I’m glad that I did. It cost $1167 total for the Youth pass and I can now take any train in the network [...]

Europe Trip 2010 – When in Rome (Day 14)

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Ciao! It is the end of my Contiki tour and I am both relieved/happy and stressed/sad at the same time. All of the early wake-up calls and pre-planned events trying to coordinate with 37 other people is finally over and I can now do whatever I want. But most of my [...]