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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 29th 2009

Wednesday was a Czech holiday, so my friend Mark and I planned a last minute trip to Slovenia and Croatia! We planned a round trip ticket from Prague to Slovenia via train (11 hrs) and decided when we got to Ljubljana we'd buy round trip tickets from Slovenia to Zagreb, Croatia... It was an interesting trip to say the least! Our train left Wednesday morning at 7:30am, so we left the Kolej at around 6:45. The trams were slow so we barely made our train... off to a great start! Our connecting train was in Salsburg, Austria. We got off the train there for a bit to rest our legs after six hours on the train! Salsburg is absolutely beautiful. It has the nicest scenery that I have ever seen... I almost wish I went there ... read more
Ljubljana at Night!
Ljubljana at Night!

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul October 24th 2009

Day three... Savanah and I overslept our alarm! So we threw out hair up because we didn't want to miss our free breakfast! We met downstairs with Eva and headed to the Bascila Cistern. We had no idea what it was or what to expect. We were all in awe when we went down the cold creepy stairs and saw the cistern. There are pictures, but basically it was an underground space with pillars and water. But the lights made the scene more dramatic. It was built during the Byzantine era before it was Constantinople in the 6th century! Originally it was a building for law students.. and it was restored in 1985. Very cool. After the cistern, we went to the Grand Bazaar. Let me tell you, I had NO idea it was this GRAND!! ... read more
The Medusa
Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul October 23rd 2009

We woke up around 7 to get ready and enjoy a nice Turkish breakfast included with our hotel! Like the Outer banks, they often eat meals on the top floor. They even had seating on the roof with overlooked the city (Blue Mosque included) and sea. And it was a beautiful day- T-shirt weather! The breakfast was great because it wasn't what Americans consider breakfast (which I hate). There was bread, feta cheese, sausage, this delicious tomato sauce, and so much more.. They even had an espresso machine! After breakfast, we walked to the Hagia Sofia. Our tour guide met us there.. He was an older guy with white hair but had a lot of personality! He gave us a tour of the church/mosque and talked about the history. It was first a church when it ... read more
Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul October 22nd 2009

We woke up this morning, ate some breakfast, and took the tram to Malastraska, took the metro to Dejaka, and the bus to the airport... the process took us an hour for a 15 minute ride by car. We met Eva, our tour guide for the weekend at the check in desk. She gave us our tickets and a packet of information of what to expect in Istanbul, the city on two continents. Number one... to avoid the most sexual harassment, cover your knees and elbows. We were told to bring scarfs for our heads for the mosques. Eva warned us that haggling is a way of life in Turkey, that it is almost like a game for them... This was evident by the hilarious pick up lines to get us to come to their stores ... read more
The Blue Mosque at night
The Blue Mosque at night
The hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool October 18th 2009

I arrived in Liverpool Thursday around lunch time and after answering about 100 questions about why I was visiting the UK, I took the bus to my friend's apartment. It was SO nice to hear and speak English! I could actually understand what passerbyers were saying.. It was a refreshing break, although Liverpoolians (yeah I made that up) are a little but hard to understand. I met Maria in the Outer Banks through our random roommate from Virginia.. She's actually from Cyprus (an Island off of Greece), so visiting her in the UK was also a small taste of what Cyprus is like because all her friends in Liverpool are also from Cyprus. On the first day, we didn't do too much because I was exhausted from lack of sleep! She had pasta ready for me ... read more
Alberts Docks
Alberts Docks
Fishing Boats in Alberts Docks

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 15th 2009

Traveling in Europe is pretty cheap.. well, to the UK, not so cheap... However, I found a flight that was only $100 round trip.. not so bad. But here's the catch. It involves a 5 hour layover in Barcelona, yeah that's right, south to go north.. But I can't complain, it was only $100! So my journey began at 2:30am on Wednesday night..uhh..Thursday morning?? I took a taxi to the Prague airport and the plane left at 4:30am.. I slept most of the way. I arrived in Barcelona at 6:30am.. So I can say I've been to Barcelona right? No, wrong, it only counts if you LEAVE the airport. So, I go to the information desk and ask how to get to the center of Barcelona. They refuse to give me directions because they think I ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic October 14th 2009

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town October 13th 2009

All right.. so the first month while we were here... we going on trips to other Czech towns, exploring the city of Prague, and of course Czech intensive class.. Now the real classes have begun. I just finished my third week of classes. Well, for me it was the second because I skipped the first week to go to Poland :) I am very lucky to like all my classes because most of my friends have at least one class they don't like. So what classes am I taking? Jewish History in Eastern and Central Europe. This class is sooo interesting.. My professor is actually not Czech, but French! She is great.. And whenever she says something negative about the US, she starts it off with a disclaimer.. "I'm not saying this because I'm French but.." ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Krak√≥w October 4th 2009

So today we finally slept in.. and sleeping in means until 930am.. My definition of sleeping in has changed since in Europe :) The first thing we did today was go to the train/bus station to see what was the cheapest way for me to get back to Prague. We found out that there were NO buses going to Prague from Krakow OR Wroclaw... My Polish friends told me not to worry, but I assured them I was quite alright. For some reason, I wasn't so worried. So, I had to buy a train ticket which is a 6 hour ride instead of 4 hours on the bus! But Tomek assured me that the ride through the mountains was beautiful. After we settled that, I told them I wanted to treat for lunch. Rasta recommended a ... read more
Saying Goodbye!
Wroclaw Train Station

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Auschwitz October 3rd 2009

Today, Rasta and I woke up around nine, ate breakfast, and took a tram to the bus station. We were a little early for the bus to Auschwitz, so we walked around the mall for a while and got some coffee. I ordered in Polish :) Tomek and Magda met us there and we went to buy our bus tickets.. The bus ride from Krakow to Auschwitz was about an hour and forty minutes. Entrance to the concentration camp was free. You could pay for a tour guide, but I just bought a brochure that had a map and explained each building. I have to say that I was not prepared emotionally for what I was about to see. Magda's cousin warned me and asked me if I was really ready to see Auschwitz and Rasta ... read more
Polish Beer!
Tomek (Rasta) Last night in Krakow

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