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Amsterdam and Brussels

The 1 hour flight from Berlin to Amsterdam went well, and unlike our previous flight, I did not have concerns about the air worthiness of the aircraft and only read the emergency procedure card once before take off.

We arrived in Amsterdam late afternoon, had dinner and crashed as we were both exhausted from the the action packed days and nights spent in Berlin. The following night we had the Muse concert, which was very good, but not as good as Seattle according to Corry.

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The Muse concert.

The following day we jumped right into action and did a walking tour. The tour took us to all the usual places cities in Europe have. Two unique places were the Anne Frank house and the red light district. We went into the red light district briefly but the guide did a dedicated tour in the evening so we signed up and went back later that day.

The red light district gets its name from the red lights that illuminate the small rooms with a single window that prostitutes stand behind trying to get business. The area itself is safe, the biggest concern is pick pockets. We learnt about the current prostitution legislation and how it has evolved, price for window rental, what services are on offer and how much it will set you back, all interesting stuff. I won't go into details, as we strive to maintain a general audience rating for our blog, but essentially 50 Euro, will get you 15 minutes that includes the two main sex acts. The prostitutes must buy window rental before each shift, they then keep all money made for that shift. Window rental will cost anywhere from 80 - 150 Euro, depending on the location and time. We also learnt about various clubs, sex theatres, sex shops and what they specialise in and what goes on inside. Two amusing things in the red light district was a catholic church with prostitution windows very close by, and a kindergarten with windows either side. The church was convenient located as the men at sea for weeks at a time would come back, visit a prostitute and then go and purchase or pre purchase forgiveness before heading back to sea. The guide also went into some detail about Coffee Shops and the legislation behind them. It turns out Amsterdam city council is rather stubborn and refuses to enforce or comply with some federal legislation. Technically cannabis use is illegal for tourists but it is not in-forced and no one has been arrested in 30 years.

More than 60% of traffic on inner city roads in Amsterdam is on bikes. There are people constantly riding past and bikes are chained to everything. As a pedestrian you learn pretty quickly to be constantly checking for bikes and cars just give way and get along with them with causing a fuss. I hired a bike one day, and just got lost on the streets and road through some parks. I didn't have any problems with cars, there are bike lanes everywhere, including on round a-bouts. It was great fun.

Another thing Amsterdam has lots of it canals, apparently they are very clean but the city council pulls a few bodies out every year and 15000 bikes or so. The canals are man made and are used for transport, to look nice and another very important reason, much of the Netherlands including Amsterdam is actually below sea level, so dikes, canals and pumping stations help prevent flooding.

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After having a rather big night we got up and made out way to Brussels, with a train. We staid right near Grand place, which was essentially like every other square in Europe, full of tourists! Belgium is famous for several foods: fries, beer, waffles and chocolate. We were both ok with this! The fries were very good, they are half cooked at a lower temperature and then finished off at a higher temperature, to produce some glorious, crunchy goodness. Belgium is also home of the European Union and was where Tintin was created. The walking tour took us to Tintin memorial but the guide refused to take us to the EU headquarters as he said it was boring, and said a few things to show his hostility towards the EU. We also went to the 'famous' peeing boy. He is 30cm tall max. I had heard he was a let down, so I was overly disappointed.

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Grand Place

On our final day we went to Brugge for the day. Brugge was a once booming town, due to its port. It is really pretty, and Corry enjoyed seeing sites from the movie: In Brugge. We climbed a clock tower in the church on the main square, and got a good view of the place. After that we walked around for little bit and then caught the train back to Brussels and had a quiet night, as we had a flight the next day to Pisa.

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Amsterdam was cool enough to make me want to return and even explore the Netherlands further, however I don't really see myself going back to Brussels or Belgium anytime soon, it wasn't bad but just wasn't interesting or unique enough.

So after Brussels we had one week to go to Pisa, Florence and Rome, but really we leave to come home in less than 24 hours. We are both looking forward to coming home and seeing some of you again :P

Matt

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A Hitchhiker's Guide to North-Eastern Europe

Hey all, it's Corry now and as you can see we're trying to smash out the last few of these blogs before we get home. After an incredibly uneventful time in Vienna we bussed it over to Prague for a little bit more sight-seeing and a lot more partying. We hopped on to the metro without paying as we didn't have any local currency yet and we hadn't seen a single guard checking tickets all through Europe, well apparently the guards in effing Prague do. I tried to talk my way out of it claiming we didn't have any money and spoke really fast in hopes it would be more confusing for them than it was worth, but no luck. It was only $40 so not the biggest deal. We arrived at our hostel "The Mad House" which was really cool with colourful artwork everywhere, a beer stocked fridge and good people. For a couple of dollars we had our first home cooked meal in I don't even know how long, which was basically shepherd's pie but with a bit more to it.

I awoke the next morning after what can only be described as an epic sleep-in to find Matt absent as he'd gone on the morning walking tour. I took myself off on the walking tour and was accompanied by a few friends we'd made the night before at dinner. The tour started in Old Town Square most famous for it's astronomical clock, which has some animated statues that put on a little show every hour, not much really, a window opens and they pass by but hey, it's good for a six hundred year old clock. Next we went to the Charles Bridge, which is a historic bridge that took nearly fifty years to build and contains thousands of eggs inside it because eggs hold a cake together so naturally they would hold a bridge together! Yeah, logic! I'm skipping a couple of the stops we made because they were churches and opera houses and stuff you get on literally every single other walking tour throughout all of Europe, but next up was the John Lennon Freedom Wall. A curious name as John Lennon had never been to Prague, but basically John Lennon was a bit of a hero during the communist regime because his songs were about freedoms the people didn't have, so people would listen to it and play it even though it was illegal. After his death someone painted his face on this wall (there was nothing special about this wall, it was just a wall) and people started drawing Beatles lyrics and yellow submarines and all the rest. Every day it would be white-washed and every night it would be graffiti'd again, even with cameras and guards the people still found a way, imagine all the people! After communism was done away with the government made it the only legal place for graffiti and it's stayed that way ever since. We all signed it and got photo's and listened to a busker playing Beatles and moved on. From there we went up to Prague Castle which is the largest ancient castle in the world in terms of area covered. There was a great view of the city and we saw the changing of the guard at the gate entrance. They were rubbish guards though, everyone was just walking straight in! We went inside this enormous church they have and walked around the place learning the history of the families and presidents and government that have been in power.

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The end of the Charles Bridge, some of you might remember Jon Voight faking his death here in Mission Impossible

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A poetic phrase does not justify someone leaving their son something literally every single human being on earth gets anyway

Once we'd gotten our tourist duties out of the way we went on a bar crawl with some people with the hostel and had a pretty big night. Unfortunately though smoking indoors is allowed and the bars tend to favour underground, barely ventilated spaces which isn't very comfortable. Sunday morning we again got on a bus bound for Krakow in Poland. Our expectations of Poland weren't that high but actually really loved it! The city was great and we were staying right in the centre near the enormous and creatively titles Main Square. It dwarfed the St Mark's Square in Venice and had an indoor market in the middle of it with huge churches, statues and restaurants all around the place. Once again sleep got the best of me and Matt did a walking tour of the Jewish sector in the morning which he tells me was very good and took to a synagogue and Kazimierz, an area where many Jews were forced to live during WWII before the holocaust, as well as some placed where Schindler's List was filmed. I got up and we did the afternoon walking tour of the city which took us to all the churches, the remaining wall of the old town and the university. After that we went to dinner with a couple of friends from the tour and we had perogi's which is a traditional Polish food kind of like a dumpling filled with potato, bacon and whatever else you want in there, fried and topped with cooked onion. Yes, it does taste as amazing as it sounds.

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The following day was one of the most grim of our lives. We went to Auschwitz. It took about forty five minutes to get out there and the 3 hour tour cost $13 or something. First we walked through Auschwitz 1 which took us through the sleeping quarters for the Jews and around the campgrounds to start. Inside the buildings they had information and statistics about the camp as well as some pretty haunting exhibits. In one room was a massive space behind some glass with all the briefcases and luggage they'd taken off people before sending them to the showers, in another was all the pots and pans and things they'd confiscated but the worst was definitely one with seven tonnes of real human hair which they shaved off the Jews after they'd been gassed to be used for fabrics and textiles and that sort of thing. We also went through the solitary confinement cells where people would regularly suffocate to death, and the office of Josef Mengele who would perform all kinds of really horrific experiments on kids, particularly twins. From there we went to the execution wall (although not original) and through the last remaining gas chamber in the camp after the Nazi's destroyed the others before the liberation to try to cover up what they'd done. We went through the area where they would hang up their clothes as they were told they would be getting them back after their "shower" and into the room where they would be gassed when they thought they were being cleaned after arriving to the camp. The final room had the massive ovens they would cremate the bodies in. After a short break we boarded a shuttle bus which took us to Auschwitz-Birkenau which is the largest site of the camp. There we saw the platform where the train arrived including an original carriage which has been kept there and we went to the memorial which honours all the victims of the holocaust. We saw the sleeping areas which were just wooden boards with hay on them, meant for three people but would regularly sleep eight or more and also the toilets which were just holes that led to a communal trough. To add to the awfulness of the place there was a light rain and grey skies which made it look even more depressing. It was an important visit that I'm glad we did but I'll be happy to never do it again.

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Both sides of this hall all the way to the end was filled with shoes

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It might not look like much now, but tens of thousands of people were killed in this room

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Birkenau. I could post lots more photos but I'll have to show those interested when we get home.

After a good night at the pub with some Texan boys, New Zealand girls and a local couple it was time for us to move on to Berlin. The train was expensive and slow from Krakow to Berlin, so we didn't take it. Instead we did something we told each other we would do before we even started the trip, we hitch-hiked. We weren't too sure what to expect but alas we hit the highway headed west with signs on the side of the road, we found a good spot just ahead of a petrol station so people had a place to pull in if they wanted to give us a lift. It took about forty minutes or so before a couple of girls saw my attractiveness and gave us a lift to Wroclaw, another Polish city almost halfway to Berlin. It was in a tiny little Fiat and were pretty cramped in the back seat with our bags on our laps but hey, it was free so no complaints. She dropped us at a petrol station on the highway and that was the true test, it took a bit more than an hour for someone to offer us a lift. We'd been standing in the rain for a portion of that and our hopes weren't the highest but a couple of guys were on their way to Berlin and we got a ride in this sweet new Peugeot. The guy was absolutely flogging it along some parts of this highway, the fastest he got to was 220 km/h and it was amazing, thanks to him we actually ended up beating the train and got to Berlin for absolutely nothing!

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Do you all remember my friends Claudia and Ulrike who came to London with us? Well we stayed at Ulli's house which is very kind of her and her family (I know you're reading this Ulli, so thank you again) out in the suburbs. It was nice to be back in a house again with something resembling normalcy which we've been sorely missing lately. Her parents were very welcoming and fed us, looked after us and when we put on our washing, we came home to find it dried and even folded as well, so we're very grateful. They took us around Berlin our first day there and showed us the TV tower, the shopping area (typical) and a good place to get a beer. We also went up to an observation deck to see the whole city. It's a strange city, it's very spread out and doesn't have a skyline but there's still plenty to see. The second day both the girls had work so we took ourselves on a walking tour. We started at the Brandenburg Gate and made our way to the Holocaust Memorial which was this really great tribute with rows and rows of blocks. The architect never gave a meaning behind it and left it to the imagination of the people, one popular theory is that it represents all the train carriages, another is that it's a 3D graph of all the murders. From there we went to a place where Hitler's bunker once was, it's now just an anonymous apartment building and a car park. The guide said the German's don't want anything in memory of Hitler, and the only tribute he gets is when the tenants of the apartments bring their dogs down for their morning dump. We also saw a remaining part of the Berlin wall and the former airforce headquarters of the Third Reich, the guide joked it is now still a building used to invoke terror into people, it's the federal tax office. From there we saw Checkpoint Charlie and the guide painted a picture for us with US tanks on one side of the street and Soviet tanks on the other side having a stand off, if one person had fired World War III would have begun. After that we headed into the older section with churches etc. but (un)fortunately there was a massive downpour and after a few minutes of hiding in the lobby of an opera house Matt and I used it as an excuse to leave. That night we had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant with the girls and met some of their friends who were really friendly and mostly spoke very good English.

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Our tour guide at the Holocaust Memorial

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Checkpoint Charlie. We're standing on the Soviet side with an American soldier staring that way, on the other side is a Soviet soldier staring the other way.

The following day we went back in to town with the girls and a friend of their Chiara (who will also be reading this, hi Chiara). We went to the Holocaust Museum which is underneath the memorial. It had some information written about the holocaust and and some stories of specific families with some personal items and letters, as well as a room which has people reading the name and then short biography in German and English of as many victims as they could find information on. Each persons recording lasts 45-60 seconds and they say it takes over six years to get through everyone in this way. We then took a few trains out to the east side gallery which is a long section of the Berlin Wall which runs along the river and has been professionally spray painted with all kinds of artwork. Some of the artwork was very impressive and reminded me of the Freedom Wall in Prague. After that we went home and had a little rest before the girls took us out to a huge nightclub made out of an old train station. It was also Matt's birthday at midnight so you can imagine how our spirits were.... they were consumed, rum mostly. Let's just say we had a fantastic night and leave it at that.

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Matt, Chiara, Ulrike, Claudia and me and the East Side Gallery

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After taking Sunday to just relax we headed out to an Italian restaurant and met Ulli's Grandma and her husband. Barbara (Grandma) actually lives in Craigie (yes, that Craigie) and was the only reason Ulli and Claudia came to Perth instead of somewhere else. Every now and again she goes back to Berlin for a month or so to visit family and her husband who doesn't speak a word of German so he was very happy to have some Australians to talk to. On Monday after an extremely sad farewell at the airport Matt and I boarded our Amsterdam bound plane. This stretch of Europe was probably my favourite so far. Prague was incredible and after seriously underestimating Poland, Matt and I have vowed to go back. We met so many great people in Berlin who we still keep in contact with and will for a very long time. We can't thank the girls and their families enough for all they did for us while we were there and we hope it isn't long before you come back to Perth so we can repay some of the favours. Well, that's it for me, we're only one blog away from being caught up with the present and two away from the end of the trip. This one turned into a bit of an essay but as I said we're trying to catch up. We're in Florence at the moment only eight days away from boarding the plane home and seriously looking forward to it.

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We made it to Budapest, eventually.

I know we seem to always say how horrible our journeys are between places, but the ride from Split, Croatia to Budapest, Hungry was the trip from hell. I would not wish this upon my worst enemy (Alright I probably would). It took 21 hours to travel 751km, 4 hours were spent waiting for a connecting train, so we went at an average speed of 44km/h.

The 4 hours waiting were in Zagreb, Croatia's capital. We put this time to very good use and met a friend called Filip from Zagreb. We met Filip all the way back in Kelowna, Canada where he was studying. We had coffee and got a tour of Zagreb and saw all the major tourist things. He was an excellent guide and knew his cities history well. Zagreb is a place that I would like to go back to one day.

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After that we got back on a train, to finish off our journey to Budapest. We stayed four nights in Budapest, the city was far more developed than we thought it would be and was very similar to all the other European cities development wise. It soon became apparent it was going to be a cheap stay; kebabs were about 3 Euro, the hostel was great and was 11 Euro per night and a pint of beer was 2-3 Euro.

One night we went to a few ruin bars which have became rather famous in Budapest. Abandoned houses, office and apartment buildings are converted into bars. As a result you have these huge bars, with room after room of areas for people to hang out. Some of these bars could take half and hour just to explore and have a look into every room.

The ruin bars we went to, along with the hostel were on the Buda side of the river but much of the sight seeing was on the Pest side of the river. The river that splits Buda and Pest is the Danube river, one of the rivers that has been overflowing and causing flooding due to heavy rain, luckily we got to see all the countries affected a few weeks before the floods arrived.

We saw most of the well know attractions such as Parliament, the Opera House, Chain Bridge, St Stephens Balica, the Royal Palace and Heroes Square. We climbed Gellért Hill to get a good view of the city. On top of Gellért Hill is Liberty Statue which was first built in remembrance of the Soviet occupation of Hungry which ended the Nazi Germany occupation in World War II. After they changed from communist rule to a democracy the inscription was changed to read (English Equivalent): "To the memory of those all who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungry". This has really become a common theme in the countries between German and Russia, I really hope these countries can continue to have there newly found peace, independence and freedom well into the future.

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Liberty Statue

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The view from the top of the hill

On a semi related but sadder note we went to a memorial on the Danube river for the Jews killed in Budapest during World War II. The Jews were told to take off their shoes, and were shot into the water, so their bodies were carried away. The memorial is 60 pairs of shoes left along the river. As you can see from the photo below, men, woman and children were killed. This simple but moving memorial, shows what these poor people endured.

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Overall Budapest was another great city and lots of people have said that Budapest is like what was Prague was 15 years ago, relatively undiscovered, and not a huge tourist destination. I can guarantee this will change in the years to come and am glad I have seen and experienced Budapest before this happens.

After Budapest we took a bus to Vienna, Austria. We had heard many things about how Austria was very expensive but we were pleasantly surprised. Food was probably slightly cheaper than average and the hostel was reasonable. Vienna is the most liveable city in the world, it is easy to see why. They seem to have a good public transport system, the streets and air are clean (the canal was a bit dirty however) and life seems fairly relaxed and non stressful.

We didn't do a whole heap in Vienna apart from a self guided walking tour mainly in the historic centre of Vienna. We saw all the main sites but nothing that special to report apart from more Cathedrals, Opera Houses and Palaces. The highlight was seeing Star Trek at an English Cinema that didn't even have German subtitles. The only downside was, it was in 3D.

So that is all for Budapest and Vienna. Looking forward to coming home but still a lot more to see and do! Next stops are Prague, Krakow and Berlin.

Matt.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and ferries)

I'm Steve Martin though

From Madrid the next week took us on an epic journey to Croatia via Venice. The quick version is this: bus back to Barcelona, taxi to airport, plane to Venice for a couple of days, train south along Italy to Ancona, ferry overnight to Croatia. Now for the long version. The reason we caught the bus back to Barcelona was because planes only flew direct to Venice from there and we needed to save those dollars. One $60 flight later we touched down in Venice late at night and went straight to sleep when we made it to our hostel. Unfortunately because we left all our arrangements a little late (for neither the first nor the last time) we had to stay in a pretty crappy hostel located off the main island, it was fine though apart from having only two showers for the entire hostel which is just madness. The next day we were off to the island where we met up with Kristen and Steph, the Melbourners we met in Paris and Barcelona and together we attempted to navigate our way through the labyrinth that is Venecia. The lack of roads made getting through it difficult because the map only shows the canals, so you could be walking along the footpath and it would suddenly end so you'd have to backtrack to find a bridge and then you're somewhere completely different and then you have to find another canal to get your bearings and it's all a big mess. Despite the confusion it was a good city to get lost in, there are some pretty impressive old buildings and canals of course so you're never without something pretty to look at. The most beautiful thing about Venice however is the pizza and ice cream shops, they're everywhere and so cheap it's dangerous, I don't think I've ever consumed so much pizza over a three day period in my life. So we spent the day walking around the entire island with the girls, we found most of the major attractions like St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge. Then in the late afternoon we got some drinks and sat along one of the canals for a couple of hours and befriended a couple of the local gondoliers as the passed by on their routes. The next day Matt and I went back but didn't really do much, just walked around the outside of part of the island and enjoyed the much missed sunshine.

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You know someone's cool if they have a Bowie tattoo

The following day we boarded our train which took us south along the coast to a town called Ancona where we hopped straight onto a ferry. Well, when I think of a ferry I think of that thing that takes you to South Perth so I'd call it more of an ultra-ferry, it was pretty huge and carried cars and trucks as well as seven floors of people with a "nightclub" and a "casino" (both rubbish, but points for trying). Anyway we had bought the cheap seats which meant we didn't have a cabin or a bed however one of the advantages of being apparently the poorest in the land meant not a single other person was in our section, so we had a room with fifty seats and only the two of us. I was a tad worried I wouldn't be able to sleep at all being on the hard floor with no pillow or blankets but for some misguided reason I started watching Les Miserables and that sent me right off! So we arrived in Split at around 8am and managed to find our hostel. Split is this cool 700 year old city built mostly inside the walls of a castle, it's a beautiful place filled with history and amazing weather so naturally everyone goes there to get drunk. It really is a great place though with a harbour and that always has a concert or something going on and even though it was on just outside the walls of a 700 year old castle it felt incredibly modern. I'm realising now as I'm going through the photos that I really dropped the ball with the camera, especially with photos with us actually in them. But hey, thankfully there's google images, you know what we look like, just imagine us in them (sorry).

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Sadly not the most uncomfortable sleep of the trip

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While we were there we decided we'd see a national league football (soccer) game as it was affordable and of course European football (soccer) should be amazing, right!? Well it was riveting! Some of the most amazing sports we've ever seen! Zero to zero the entire time! We couldn't believe our eyes at the intensity of this eventful and action packed game. I realise my trademark sarcasm doesn't always come over the best in text so I feel the need to point it out, that was all bull (except the 0:0 part). It was so boring I was tempted to finish watching Les Mis, there were so many "injuries" it made synchronised swimming look masculine. The crowd were great though and actually the most entertaining part of the evening, they had flares and firecrackers and apparently some very potent red bull because they were cheering and dancing the entire time.

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I know close games are more exciting but this is ridiculous

We did go on a tour run by the hostel though, we went out of town to Krka (don't ask me how to pronounce it) National Park. I don't really know what to say about it apart from it was real pretty and all that stuff. We spent the day with a couple from Norway and an eighteen year old from Boston with only one pair of socks. We walked around the whole place and swam in the stream near the waterfalls, it was pretty great. Really though we all just enjoyed the weather, it was absolutely perfect and wrongfully what we assumed the rest of Europe would be like. I know I keep going on about the weather but it was our first taste of summer in over a year so you'll have to give me a break. As I said there isn't much I can say about the park itself so just look at the photos.

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Anyway that's it for now, we're in Belgium at the moment a little under two weeks out from boarding a plane home! We're both pretty excited to come back, 7 months has gotten to us a bit, we're both pretty constantly tired and sick of learning new public transport systems. Also Matt's hayfever is awakening homicidal tendencies I didn't know I had. But we're still having a ball and will be making the most of the next 11 days, we plan to go out with a bang.

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Spain

Hi all this is Matt. I am writing this from Vienna, Austria but for now I will be talking about Spain. We took a 15 hour bus ride from Paris to Barcelona, and arrived at our hostel at about 6am in the morning absolutely exhausted, and unable to check-in until 2pm. So in true backpacker style we went to the common room, found a spot and slept until 10am.

Some friends we made in our hostel in Paris had arrived in Barcelona at the same hostel a few days prior, so when we awoke we decided to go sight seeing with them until 2pm when we could check-in and get some proper sleep.

The sight seeing mainly consisted of looking at some of architecture of Antoni Gaudí. The biggest, most impressive and famous is the unfinished, Sagrada Família church. All the lines to go in the actual buildings were very long, so we just admired the outside of 3 or 4 buildings we saw. Compared to many of the other churches we had seen though-out our travels this was one of the more impressive and unique. Below is Sagrada Família and one of the other buildings.

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The next day we went to Park Güell. The park is a massive garden situated on a hill with architectural elements designed by Antoni Gaudí. The park had some interesting buildings, structures and mosaics. To put it simply it looked like Willy Wonka and Dr Seues had designed and made a park! From the park we could get view of the city and the beach, it was a warm day, clear skies and around 20 degrees. As we missed out on summer and having experienced a Canadian/US winter, this weather was some of the best we have had in months. The view of the ocean and weather helped us decide what to do for the rest of the day. Beach time! It was too cold for swimming but it was nice walking along the sand. The beach was not anything amazing compared to what we have at home but was still good and a great change.

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Everything and everyone in Spain ran a few hours later than we are used to. For example shops don't open until 10am, don't bother trying to find an open restaurant before 8pm and the pub crawl we went on didn't start until 12:30am and that was the early one. This took some time to adjust but we find it more normal now.

Barcelona has some extensive history, on the walking tours we saw the Jewish Quarters, Roman Ruins, part of the old city wall and Plaça del Rei, where it is believed Christopher Columbus returned after his first voyage to the new world.

After Barcelona we were planning to go to the south of France but the bus times were awful, arriving and leaving Nice at 4am in the morning. Instead we went to Madrid for the weekend, before making our eighth flight of the trip to Venice, Italy.

We didn't do heaps in Madrid, apart from going on another pub crawl and enjoying the night life. I did go on a walking tour where I learnt some of the history about their messed up royals, the empire, civil war and to put it simply again saw a few more palaces, plazas and churches.
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I loved Spain much more than I thought I would. It would be one of my favourite countries thus far on the Europe portion of the trip and is a country that I will most defiantly explore further one day.

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