Now that our uni semester and exams are all over my friends Emma, Syrhani and I decided to take a trip up to Brisbane to see the QLD Museum. Of course the Museum didn’t come close to being as awesome as the previous Museums I had been to but it was worth going with the girls. I also finally got to see the giant squid they have in their marine expedition. I had a fun day. I even discovered an all American Diner that sells fried mozarrella sticks. That doesn’t happen down here in Australia and I was a bit too excited about it.
So I visited Sydney at the end of May to renew my US passport. Outside of the business side of my trip I took advantage of the 2 and a half days I had there.
The first day I got there I met up with my friend Geaorgie and we headed down to Balmoral Beach near where we both went to high school. I used to go there all the time but I don’t think I truely appreciated its beauty until my last visit. If I had the money I would buy an apartment down there in a heart beat.
You’ll always find a guy in a speedo here.
The next day, after business was finished (:p) I caught up with my friend Emma. We had a long chat about life.
When the sun went down, Emma went home and I met Georgie in the city to see the Vivid city light festival.
And here is my head popping out of the ground at Martin Place
The next day I checked out of my hotel room. The next picture is the view from my room. I don’t think I will stay there again though. There is a popular bar/club underneath and it get’s quite loud on the weekend. Anywayz…. I had nothing to do for a few hours before I had to catch a plane back to the Gold Coast so I bought a ferry ticket to Toronga Zoo. I just sat on the ferry going back and fourth until I was kicked off. It was pretty relaxing after walking for two days straight.
And lasy but not least, Georgie and I at Vivid :)
— (via travelling-dreams)
Hahahaha! I am reading my entries and have found several stupid mistakes. SORRY! :/
Hello again! I know it has been too long. This post is long overdue and hopefully I can remember all of the good stuff. I have been procrastinating because as you can see… there is a lot to say.
Thanks to my dad, I attended 3 different concerts during my visit to London. It would have been 4 if Elton John didn’t get sick. I attended The Who concert with my dad, aunt Susan and my dads friend. I don’t know much about The Who but I had fun with some family and recognised a few songs I could get jiggy with.
The first concert I attended was (July 5th, 2013) the British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Bon Jovi was headlining that night. My dad surprised me. I thought we were just going to explore London and the humongous mall that is near Hyde park. I thought that it was a bit odd that my dad was taking me to one of the central places to shop in London. He hates shopping and I didn’t have all that much money to spend. I thought I would at least be able to check out a new part of the beautiful city. He told me we had a lunch date with some people and directed me past Hyde Park. There was obviously a huge event going on that I was oblivious to. We just went over to check it out. My dad said he wanted to ask somebody a question. Not a lot clicks very quickly in my brain so I had no idea he was getting tickets until after we were actually walking in the venue. I was so friken shocked. We were in the spiffy area of the venue as well and I was only wearing crappy touristy, active wear… I can only imagine how much these tickets would have cost.
This section was seperate to the general public to the side of the stage. There was a nice outdoor loung area and a building with a spiffy festival bar, chairs and tables, art you could purchase, and tones of food and drinks. OMG the food and drinks… UNLIMITED! There was a buffet. I dug into the salmon. That was my favourite main. Best salmon and salad I have ever tasted. After the mains, I tried all of the deserts. All the drinks were unlimited as well so of course I took advantage of that. Yes. That includes alcohol. There was a lot of wine consumed that night. I was in heaven. I think I offended a lot of people there because of what I was wearing and how I had no idea what half of the food there even was.
I saw Bush perform first. I loved them! They were awesome. There weren’t a lot of people there that day/night compared to the tickets available for such a huge venue. Bon jovi was really fun. I got to sing along to his songs like I would in the pub but he was right in front of me. Sooo much alcohol was flowing.
The next day, I was prepared. I was so excited to see The Rolling Stones but I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know too many of their songs off by heart and I didn’t want to seem like a douche taking up a seat that could have gone to a die hard fan.
Before the RS started, one of the bands playing were Temper Trap. Unfortunately not a whole lot of people knew who they were. I was originally trying to get near the stage but nobody was feeling it so I went back to my seat on the stands situated to the side. I was dancing by myself.
There was another band that played that I had never heard of before. I friken loved them!!! Gary Clark Jr was amazing. I couldn’t stop moving to their sound. Check him out STAT!
Right before the Rolling Stones started, the place was packed. All the seats were filled. There were no spaces in the grass. There was literally a wave of a few thousand people who eventually looked like ants when you looked toward the back of the park. It was a very different sight to the previous night for Bon Jovi. My dad and I were in the back of the stands but in front of the corporate booths to the side of the stage. There were all kinds of people there and everybody came alive once the Rolling Stones started playing. There were a group of 3 older men in front of us. They would have been at least 75 years old. You could tell they were reliving their past. One of them was so drunk. His friends kept telling him to calm down but he was so happy and excited. He would dance while spilling his drink and try to get the 16 year old to wake up and start moving next to him. The 16 year old was with his family. He would just stand there with his arms crossed while his dad was having the time of his life singing, dancing, drinking, hitting on women around him while his wife was having fun with their daughters. My dad was sitting next to a really fun, nice Swiss couple who were heavy on the green. The guy offered me some of his amazing green during the beginning of the concert. I hesitated because my dad was literally between him and myself… but of course I partook. I was at a friken Rolling Stones concert with green in front of my face… um yes please! My dad looked at me in shock. After the people in the Corporate boxes found out what was happenning, it was a frenzy.
I had so much fun that night. The Rolling Stones were awesome and the energy of the people made it so much better. I will never forget it.
Here is a video of the concert so you can have an idea what it was like…
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up Live Hyde Park 2013
After I got back from my Topdeck tour, my Aunt Susan came to visit us. So my dad, aunt, and I went on a little road trip. The main reason we went was because my aunt wanted to do a bit more research for our family tree. We stayed at the St Michaels Hotel and Spa in Falmouth. It was so nice. Best hotel, location, room (all to myself), and food. I was the youngest person staying at the hotel though. There were mostly older couples. Anyway…
I loved Cornwall. It was so pretty. The locals are very nice and proud of where they come from. I really don’t blame them. Cornwall has a bunch of history behind it. Which of course means there are a lot of really old buildings with stories behind them.
Falmouth = :D
I didn’t know before I visited but Cornish ice cream is world famous and I now know why. I tried some the first night and it was love as soon as it touched the first taste bud. I didn’t care about the calorie intake. I just wanted more of it. I had at least 2 servings (at different times) of ice cream every day I was there. I wish I could import a truck load back with me :(
These are at the Falmouth shops. So cute.
My aunt Susan and i went on the ferry to see the sight while my dad was ill at the hotel. I wished he could have seen the sights. As you can see, it was definetly worth sitting on a boat for an hour. I could have done it a lot longer.
There was an old boat yard with a whole bunch of big, old, ratty sail boats on our drive around town.
We visited Penzance. Of course I had to try yet another scoop of ice cream. Cream and strawberry scone flavour. I remember it like it was yesterday… and there were these boats sitting on the sand during low tide. There were also people walking around them. it was just really odd to see something like this.
We visited St Michaels Mount while we were there. You could only get to it during the low tide otherwise you had to pay to take a boat. It was pretty neat from what we saw. We didn’t have time to go all the way to the top.
My aunt Susan found a man who is a distant relative living in a quiet town. After stopping over at his (unfortunately I forgot his name :/ ) house to talk about the family, he took us to the cemetary to look for an old family members tombstone from the late 1700’s. He was so cute and so nice.
The cemeteries church had to have been older than 300 (maybe) years old. I had been in a lot of churches during my visit to Europe and this was very different. There was a lot of beautiful old wooden carved pillars. The old floors were also different. The imperfections about it made it perfect…
It wasn’t as over the top like a lot of other churches, which I loved about it. Unfortunately you can’t see the details in this picture as I wasn’t supposed to take it in the first place. I had to be super sneaky…
This is a two way road if you can believe it. These roads were the only roads around. It was beautiful but scary at times. All of the sudden there would be a car coming the other way and we had to push ourselve against the long grass to get through.
Just a selfie taken at the hotel… I was so hapy in Carnwall. I can’t wait to go again.
The final place we visited. We were only there for about an hour and a half so we couldn’t do a whole hell of a lot but it’s gothic architecture was beautiful. I really want to go back to see more of it.
Belfry of Bruges. This is one of the main buildings shot in the movie In Bruges. Good movie. Awesome location :p
There was a lot of good shopping around too. but unfortunately all of my time there was spent on getting my Belgian waffle. I ran around the place and that was my goal. I stopped at a stand in the markets and of course as soon as I get in front of the line after waiting for a long butt time… The guy says he ran out of waffles. How do you run out of waffles in the middle of the day in Belgium, sir..?? So I had about 10 minutes until we had to meet to get on the bus. I remembered a place FAR up the road that was my best bet. I found it and ordered my waffle. “Strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream please?!” It was magical. Maybe not quite, but it was definetly worth running around for. I couldn’t even stand still to take a picture of it because I had to run back to the group while digging in to the thing. You can see Ivana and Branka in front of me enjoying their waffles while getting some cardio done as well.
So this was the end of the trip. We all got onto the ferry and then a bus back to London. We all said goodbye to eachother and will probably never see eachother again. It would be awesome to meet up with them though. I made some great people. It is intense being on a bus and room sharing with the same group of people for 2 weeks straight. You get to know eachother and then *poof*. It is over. I think it was a relief for everyone to get off the bus though and disperse to their next destination and just relax with no strict itinerary. I was sad saying goodbye and I wish everybody all the best.
I learned a lot about myself on the trip. I am glad I went on my own. It forced me to get out of my comfort zone. It helped me to think less superficially I guess. I am at least slightly more confident then I was before I did this. I learned that there is so much more than my small world that I only knew of living on the Gold Coast.
I will be attending my Dads wedding in Wales at the end of June and hopefully visiting some other parts of Europe during July. I can’t wait!
TIP: Take more pictures from your own device because not everybody exchanges pictures at the end as you expected.
The Topdeck tour that I took was called European Wonder. It was amazing :)
I didn’t take too many pictures this time because I had already taken a whole bunch the first time I was there as you have seen or will see in my previous Amsterdam post. We stayed in the same hostel I originally stayed at which was ok. The night after we got there everybody went out around town. Most of us went to a sex show. Yes… a sex show. It wasn’t as horrible as I thought. I was having fun watching everybody elses reactions while making sure I was in the back of the room next to the bar instead of right next to the stage. After that a group of us had dinner then met up with more people to go and do what most young adults do in the city. I am not talking about visiting the red light district. It was fun in the beginning and then the group moved to a bar which you aren’t supposed to do in our state of mind. People in Amsterdam hate that. The locals were very vocal about it after we arrived but I was the only one who seemed to notice…
I was 1 minute late the next morning to meet up for a bike tour around Amsterdam so I walked in the direction I thought it was until I founf a taxi… it took a while. After I finally found a taxi, I found out I was heading the wrong way. Oops. When I finally get to the bike place my group isn’t even there yet. The bus broke down. Which was good for me since I thought I was late. The bike ride was so much fun. It was awesome in Paris too. I really want to do a bike tour around London when I am hopefully there in the end of June 2014. They really are the best way to see the city. Here is a picture of my bike group. I don’t know why I did this in most pictures with the stupid peace sign… but I did. Damn it.
At the end of the day, the group did a boat tour of Amsterdam with free drinks for an hour. This was our final dinner together so a lot of people went all out that night. Everybody took andvantage. As did I.
Laura and I
Kevin and Portia. Our Tour guide and bus driver. It was their first Topdeck tour. We didn’t know until we got onto the ferry to the English Channel. They were amazing. Nobody even suspected that we were pooping their cherry :p
I found this quite funny since it was in the bar we were all hanging out in with lots of alcohol in our system. People who had done a Topdeck tour before told me that the last night is where everybody gets everything off their chest. That is definetly what happened :p
Before heading to our hostel we visited Dachau. And old concetration camp. It was obviously not a very happy place. Seeing a place like this is really mind blowing. This place wasn’t for cattle. it was for human beings. You have all heard the stories and those stories almost come to life here.
You don’t see a whole lot of wind turbines and solar pannels where I’m from. It is good to see there are countries out there adopting them do much.
The castle we stayed at had a cute little town just down the hill but unfortunately we arrived too late to be able to visit it :(
This is the castle we stayed at for the night. It had a nice view. Because we couldn’t go anywhere, everyone had an easy night. Except “The Mexicans” of course. They are a group known to like their beer and taquila. They are all very nice and fun people.
I tried a pretzel from the canteen here and OMG. Best pretzel I have ever had hands down.
View of the castle from the bottom of the hill. There were so many casles in Rhine Valley.
After leaving the hostel, we stopped off at the supposed largest cuckoo clock shop in the world.
And then there is just me…
Tyrol, Austria wasn’t too eventful. I would have gone paragliding if the rain didn’t start. We stayed in a cute bed and breakfast like place. It was nice because our group had the whole place to ourselves and there wasn’t much around so we all had a layed back evening. Jenga and cards were played. Kevin was jamming on his guitar. I had a lot of hot chocolate. Others had some strudel. The view from our room was perrdy.
Views from the bus :)
This place is one of my favorites. One reason is because there are no cars. Like everything in Italy it is so old and there is a lot of history. It isn’t as hectic as some other cities. The food is yummy and everywhere you look is worth a second glance. Unfortunately it was a little cloudy for most of the day and there was a bit of rain but luckily it cleared up just before we had to leave. Loved the fact that you can wonder around like it is a beautiful maze. You don’t know where these pathways will take you to but you don’t really care. I also visited the Leo Da Vinci musem which was pretty cool too. Gelato here is fan-friken-tastic. And the gnocchi was also to die for. Everything about this place is like a dream.
Laura and I on the gondola.
I had no idea that he was posing. He was awesome. Even sang a little.
Well… This place is crazy extravagant. You end up walking into every room with a ‘WOAH’. You are also squished up against all the other tourists who are trying to get through. It is almost like a constant moving mosh pit without the hardcore music. I was super sick the day we did the Vatican (really sick.. not hungover sick) so I was trying my best to keep up while taking everything in as well. Myself and I think my whole group adored our tour guide. She was so funny and sweet. Some other guides that we saw were horrendous. We were so lucky to have her. “Mumma’s here!”, she would say to get our attention. I’ll always remember that. I know it sounds corny and odd, but she really did cheer me up that day. I had such a crappy morning, but her motherly charm made everything that much better :)
So this view was amazing less this guys bald head.
Unfortunately because I wasn’t well, I didn’t take as many photos as I should have. Yes there are a lot here already but there is so much that is missing. I really shouldn’t have gone in my state, but I may never go back there again.
Also just being in the presence of Michelangelo’s work was the best part. Seeing his tomb in Florence was pretty cool too. I wasn’t looking at a text book or a computer screen. I was looking at the real thing.