Somewhere between Prague and Nuremberg #stuartiseuropeeing #czechyourself
Got up at 7:30 am, packed and grabbed two pieces of bread from the very weak breakfast.
Had a good 10-15 min walk to the bus. It was raining earlier this morning and we were still all sweating when we reached the bus. Those cobblestone street give you a work out.
On towards Nuremberg. It’s known for the nazi trials. Went inside the Nuremberg Courthouse and listened to the audio tour.
Julie and Julia played on the bus again.
Got to Nuremberg at 12:30 after a stop. Bought train tickets to the court house. It says Eine Fahrt on it.
Bought a large sandwich for 2.60€. Tried a bite of german chocolate cake.
Got back on the bus at 3 and left for Frankfurt. Watched Gladiator on the bus. I got some good reading done.
Arrived at 6
440 at AO Hotel
Took the train into town 6 stops away from Galluswarte.
Ate at dauth-shneider. Wanted a plate with a frankfurter because were in Frankfurt. Had to get the sausage platter.
Got back at 11ish and hung out with Hannah, Anna, kitty and Julia. They wanted to hear scary stories. I told them about skinwalkers and ended up reading some stories online. They’re crazy and funny.
Slept at 2:30 am
Is it Tyn for church? #stuartiseuropeeing #czechyourself (at Tyn Cathedral)
Tried to get a shot of this cool looking bus but this guy got in the way #stuartiseuropeeing #czechyourself (at Prague, Czech Republic)
First off I apologize for a lame old food picture but that’s all I got for today…
Got up around 10. Showered. Got another “kick a**” burrito from burrito loco.
Waited an hour to do laundry. At 2 finished at 5…
I was gonna go out and walk around to take photos but I ended up organizing my stuff and editing some photos.
Ate at Lobkowicz with the guys at 7 pm. Got the roasted pork with bohemian dumplings and cabbage and a sampler. The pork was tender and juicy. So good. I like Czech food.
Went to Hotel du prince rooftop and had a nice Pinot noir. It’s our last day in the Czech Republic so we tried to get rid of all our Kč
Burrito loco again…at 11pm. Speedy burrito. Celebrated Kristin’s 21st birthday at 12.
Got up at 9:40 and quickly showered and got breakfast that ended at 10.
Today is mostly a free day. Maybe I’ll do laundry.
Did a little reading then fell asleep and napped… 1:15 tour started Saw Prague castle Then saw Golden lane, it was built for the gold smiths. There were medieval exhibits inside the little houses.
We left and while we were walking a truck spraying water drove by.. I was confused. But the tour guide told us when it’s over 85 degrees they drive around to cool people off… that’s kinda interesting yah?
Visited the John Lennon wall. Someone had painted a picture of John Lennon on the wall and it later became a wall for free speech. It wasn’t as cool as I expected because I think the original picture was covered and it looked just like random graffiti. It was a mess of things. But it did get me thinking about street art and what I would’ve done if I were to add to the wall..or how I would attempt to make the wall a cohesive piece. A giant stencil or wheat paste.
Walked across Charles bridge and finished the tour in old town square by the town clock at 5.
Ate at Gecko across the street with Jesse. It was a small bar/restaurant. It only had burgers and wraps. I got the blue cheese jalapeño burger for 174 Kč. The white sauce for the fries was very good. My water had ice and it was free!
Napped after eating.
8:39 Pub Crawl Tried the Czech beer called Dravec at Iron Curtain/Propaganda, underground pub. Then went to two other places. NEBE and Roxy.
Got the “kick a**” burrito at burrito loco at 2:30. It was pretty good. For 195 Kč. Got back with Hannah and Anna at 2:50 am.
Departure at 8 am
Visited Dachau (da-cow). First concentration camp. Used for almost 30 years. It held mostly
Left Dachau around 11 and got Regensburg at 1 for lunch. Had bratwurstsemmel for 2.10. I was still hungry so I got a knackersemnel for 1.90. Passed a place that had apple strudel which I haven’t tried yet. So I got it for 2.80. It wasn’t that good.
Left for Prague at 3. It started raining on our drive. Were watching Elizabethtown. I fell asleep and I think I just farted myself awake… Uh. I hope kitty didn’t notice— she’s sitting next to me. Haha.
Arrived at 6:30. Prague’s architecture looks pretty cool. It’s old and sort of reminds me of Florence. Equity hostel room 307.
100 crowns equals 4 euros
Took a short tour at 9. PilsnerUrquell for dinner. It’s a cool looking pub/restaurant with books in the walls. There’s an old looking radio in the shelf across from me. It’s surprising large when you walk further in. Smells like cigarettes. A dish under their traditional Czech meals list…Roasted beef sirloin with Czech cream sauce, bread dumplings and cranberries. Alexus tried absinthe..he burned his lip. Haha.
Got back and went to the ice bar. It has five floors with different music. Me and Alexus hung out at the hip hop floor mostly. There was also an oldies floor. Haha.
Got back at 3:30 am.
Got up at 9. Caught breakfast.
Imagine literally catching breakfast. It just running from you, and you just there trying to chase it. I’m gonna get you breakfast!
Left for Salzburg, Austria at 9:30 am. This excursion is to see some of the locations that they used to film The Sound of Music. When I was a kid, mommy mar would put Roger and Hammerstein’s musical on all the time. It still confuses me now on why I saw that movie so many times. Don’t get me wrong— it’s really good. It just puzzles me why I saw it countless times.
Anyways…so during the drive Tyson put the movie on for us. Haha. So during the whole tour… And even now all I hear are “…the hills are alive…”
We arrived there around 12 I think. I saw the gardens, arches and had a view of the Salzburg castle. We weren’t able to really see the Vontrapp house though.. Just a view from the bus. Apparently we had no where to park… Me and the others were kind of mad because we thought that’s what part of the 25€ we paid was for…
Famous musician/composer Mozart was born in Salzburg. So we Mozarts birth house at 1 pm in between the brief Sound of Music Tour.
There were cool shops and a street market nearby. So for lunch I got a Kasekrainer…it’s cheese filled hot dog. I got it with hot mustard.
We left around 3:30 and got back around 6.
Went into town to get food by myself. Man I wish I had a skateboard or a bike. People on the train were wearing sunglasses still at 7pm. Idk why. But i pull mine out to blend in. I walked around looking for cheap street food. But the market was closing down. There are a lot of people just out after work grabbing drinks and socializing. I ended up with a chicken döner for like 3€.
I walked around some more afterwards and bummed off of some free wifi from the apple store. I facetimed Hotdog aka the bean aka bebe aka spence. It was great to hear from my brother and just hearing how excited he was to talk to me was very encouraging. And how I know that he’s been keeping up with my travel logging. Waht up boooy!! And how he finds my snapchat stories hilarious. Oh man, I wouldn’t care if he’s my only fan. I try to make the snapchats funny.
If you’re on snapchat follow me (hugedookie), I post pretty often there too. I like the ephemeral qualities of it..so if you watch it..you’re watching an unfiltered unhashtagged view of what I’m seeing. Idk…I find that interesting.
So after catching up with spencer. I went to mcdonalds to make use of their water closets. Afterwards I walked around and bumped into some members of my tour group. I joined them. Then went off on my own again. Then bumped into other members of my group as I was getting some gelato. We then took the train back around 10.
The other guys, Alexus and Jesse, are going out tonight. I wanna go out and stuff with them..but the last train back is at 1 am…or you can wait for the morning train at 5 am. They’re trying to get to the Crux club, but it doesn’t open til like 11:30. So that’s like…an 1.5 hour til you have go home. We have an 8 am departure tomorrow…so yah.
They might think I’m lame or whatever but they know I’m different from them and don’t party like they do. While at times I’m still bothered these differences, I’m learning to be confident in who I am and where my identity lies.
I was reading john 17 today. If you haven’t read the bible today…read john 17. It’s Jesus’s prayer for himself and for us. It’s beautiful. Wowzas. And a beautiful display of the gospel and our place in it.
Proscht #stuartiseuropeeing #thehillsarealive (at Hofbräuhaus Biergarten, Mūnchen)
9:30 left and took the train for the bike tour of Munich.
It was nice riding a bike. I haven’t ridden a bike in a while and it was a good break from walking. I like Munich. It’s newer and more modern then the other cities we’ve been too. I think it’s because they’ve had to rebuild after getting bombed in WW2.
We saw different important buildings. Learned about a pope and how he changed the mind of Ruler (king or something) Ludwig to stop having so many affairs. If I recall correctly he had 68.. We know an exact number because he would display a painting of each lucky lady. So when the pope spoke to him, people were astonished at how the Ruler actually listened. and after as the pope felt faint he touched a statue of a lion’s head and felt reenergized. So now people here touch gold statues of lions for good luck. Poorly told story I know. I blame all the readings I did of Calvin and Hobbes in fourth grade when I suppose to be reading normal books.
And we biked through the English Garden. It’s 1.5x larger then New York’s Central Park. It has a river going through it and there so much space. It was refreshing. There was a nudist park. Haha. Apparently there are just old men that take advantage of this. Like there’s a guy that usually comes in the nude to do tai chi. I guess there are some regulars here.
We biked to the “Chinese” Biergarten and had lunch. There wasn’t really anything Chinese about it except for maybe the tower in the middle. But it didn’t look Chinese to me. Next we stopped at one of the coolest spots. The Munich’s Surf Spot. There’s a place in the river by a bridge that a Californian found and wanted to surf it. He placed a plank at the bottom and it created a nice wave to surf on. So there were like 10 or so surfers just chilling and each taking their turn. I wanted to do it. I wanna surf.
I think it’s so cool the influence that California has on different places over the world. Whenever I see someone skating, hear a song or a familiar brand from California, it makes me appreciate my home and how it can set different trends and movements. And how I want to be part of that. I don’t know with what fashion…music..art…design..photography…
Anyways so we finished our bike tour around 2. So me Alexus and Jesse took the train to the BMW museum/factory. We saw some different concept cars and their newer m5 models or whatever. I’m not into cars, but the architecture was so cool! We also walked to the Olympic stadium that they have. It’s right next to the BMW exhibit. We couldn’t really see much there so we went back to the hotel.
Got dinner at saulsalitos. It was not very good mexican food. And too expensive. Had the Saulsalitos grillbrot.
Jesse asked me if I’ve been to a chiropractor… I haven’t. He said that I have an externally rotated femur in my hip. My right shoe more worn down on the right. I guess I should get that looked at when I’m back.
I left saulsalitos to find Hannah, Anna, Kitty and Julia. After going the wrong way I found them at the apple store getting some of that free wifi. We walked around looking for Crux. I was suppose to meet Alexus and some of the others at that club. It took a while but we got there..it was actually pretty close by. They weren’t even open yet though..so we went to the Hofbrauhaus. Dudes ended swarming the table… I was not amused. But I guess that’s how the works works.
We eventually hit up mcdonalds on the way back after going back to Crux and finding out that there was a cover charge of 5€… These girls love getting their cheeseburgers. It’s funny. We caught the last train back to our hotel and made it back at 1:30.
R O Y A L T Y #stuartiseuropeeing #thehillsarealive (at Neushwanstein Castle)
I guess I messed up the days— they kind of mesh together.
Woke up. Barely made it to breakfast which ended at 8:30.
Everyone is getting sick… Coughing everywhere.
Gonna drive across the Alps to see the castles.
Arrived in Bavaria at 11. Got a bratwurst. Had to try it. It was alright…they charged 20¢ for ketchup or mustard! Hopefully I can try some better sausage somewhere else. We hiked around 30 min up to Marienbrücke bridge.
Along the way I saw a bride and a groom. I have been trying to create a photo series of me with brides and grooms at the different destinations I’ve been at. I only have a couple so far but I find it funny anyways.
There’s an awesome view of the castle and the mountains near by. At 12:45 the tour starts at the castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for the Disney castle. Pretty much everything inside was at it’s original state. Only six months after the king died it was converted to a museum. The king had actually only stayed in castle for 6 weeks before passing in 1886. Inside were highly decorated walls and pillars, colorful paintings and chandeliers. Lots of blues, reds, greens and gold.
Left at 2 for Munich. Arrive at b&b hotels at 4:15. This looks like the nicest/newest place we’ve stayed at so far. Room 104
Train into Munich got off at Marienplatz main square by the New Town Hall. The old tone hall is actually the newer building. Riem stop. Erding direction. Last train leaves at 1:35 am. Ausgang. S ostbahnof. S2 train. Station under Ludwig Beck. These are just notes for myself so I know how to get back.
Went to Hofbrauhuas beirgarten! Got a liter of their original Hofbrauhaus beer and their roasted pork knuckle. It was juicy.
Me Julia and kitty left to go back. We got on the wrong train and ended up south of where we needed to be. After waiting for the next train we got back to our original spot and found the east bound train towards our hotel. I was falling asleep the whole time. Slept at 1ish
Left the hotel at 7:30 am for Verano to see the set house of Romeo and Juliet. The girls are writing letters.. Apparently you’re suppose to write a letter to Juliet and out it in one of the walls. Alexus looks and me and says bruh you better not be writing a letter…
I didn’t. But I was thinking about it.
Anyways you’re suppose to touch the statue of Juliet and rub her boob for good luck. Haha.
It’s also my last chance to get a cappuccino. And I got one! It was okay at best. I don’t drink coffee.
It started raining as we were walking to Juliet’s house.. So I grab a box on the side of the alley to cover my head and everyone else in the group followed. So just imagine a bunch of people wearing boxes on their heads. Haha.
Passed through Tyrol around 12:30. Dolomite limestone mountains. Beautiful drive. All foggy and rainy.
Stopped for two hours in Vipiteno, on the outside of Italy. Most of the group went white water rafting. I chose to save money since I’ve gone rafting a good amount of times. I walked around for a little bit and tried to take some cool cliché foggy nature pictures. But it was raining too hard so I knocked out on the bus for an hour.
Continued on our way at 5. Arrived at the hostel at 5:45. Innsbruck, Austria. It’s called jugendherberge Innsbruck. 10 stops away. 0 line bus. After 11 In 2 or in 3.
Stiftskeller Biergarten. Weiner schnitzel. With kitty and Julia. Proscht is cheers in Austria!
Got back around 11.