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.
Venice the menace #stuartiseuropeeing #eyetalians
Got up at 7:30
Took a boat into Venice at 9 am
Tour though saint mark’s square. Learned about the plague and the rising of the tides. The ambulances go by boat through the canals. It’s dirty everywhere and smells like urine in the underpasses. Kind of disgusting. I feel like a lot of they historical cities that I’ve visited live in the past and I wonder how or if they stay innovative. How do they move forward and create new ideas?
Glass blowing demo at 10:30. Venetian glass. This a dying art and is mostly passed down through the family. Very talented artists…but I honestly don’t think they look to great. Too gaudy perhaps.
Learned that Reden tore (spelling) was the annual festival that happened yesterday. A festival for the redeemer.
Lunch in some alley off the main streets. Had to get their spaghetti al ragu for 7¢
Borsalino hat store ads looked cool. Gotta google that when I get back.
Walked around with Anna and Hannah. They’re funny. We got gelato at Grom and sat outside in a small square. I had a bunch of old bread leftover I’ve been saving. So naturally we threw it to the pigeons and the two girls were voicing as the pigeons. Classic funny business. One was named Yoncé.
We walked around and sat down at different squares. Met up with the others at 5.
Got back at 6. Ate dinner at pizzeria ae oche. It reminded me of a red robins.
walked back to hotel. Tried connecting to wifi for like 2 hours. Then went to sleep.
Woke up at 8 am to pack. Were leaving today for Venice.
I’m always writing this thing at different times so I don’t know what tense to keep it in. I don’t care about grammar or anything. I just hope this makes sense. Haha
We watched Superbad on this ride. On all the bus rides so far we’ve seen Eurotrip, my big fat Greek wedding, beavis and burthees, life is beautiful, bridesmaids, and inglorious bastards. So yah.. we’ve spent lots of time driving.
Yah I’ve definitely have felt dry spiritually. Haven’t been able to spend too much time with the man upstairs and it’s felt like I’ve taken a couple steps back while on this trip. I brought along with me The Reason for God, belief in an age of skepticism by Tim Keller. So I’ve trying to read that, but it’s been hard to stay awake on the bus rides.
Got to the hotel around 2:30. Were staying in room 311 at Hotel Delfino. I write this so I personally can check my notes when I need to get to my place. It’s easy to forget because of all the hotels/hostels we stay at.
Were actually staying in the town Mestre so we’ll have to take a train to get to Venice. Tyson describes it as “Disneyland”
We knocked out. Got up at 4 to go into Venice.
PiazzaLe Roma bus stop 4L or 4
Got spritz and chips. It’s proseco with a bitter orange.
Gondola ride around Venice. So cool. The guys singing. Gondola licenses are like 700,000 €. It’s crazy.
Got pizza at campo Margherita at 7:45
Waited around for a while and sat
We heard that there was some annual religious festival today and so we stayed because there were fireworks that started at 11:30 and ended at 12ish. Gotta walk back through the crowds of drunk people. Had to find the right bus. Oh man so hot and scary!
But we made it back at 1am. Yay.
Corso do po polo was bus stop we needed.
Trying to make this cheesy Pizza photo spot with slightly less cheese (at Pisa, Toscana , Italy)
Today is a free day.
Woke up around 9:30 Looked for a place to do laundry. Ended up doing it at the hostel.
I gotta find a place to fix my broken glasses
Finished laundry at 1. Me and Mags attempted to go to the academy gallery but there was a two hour wait. So instead we met up with others and got gelato and sat there for a while. It was a nice place.
Walked around and went into Coin. It was like a macys with an h&m flow as Alexus would put it.
Found public water. They have natural carbonated water. The gasses from underneath the earth rise up into some of the water! So I had to get some…
Went to the academy gallery at 5:30. Saw Michelangelo’s David. No biggie.
Went to the central market with part of the group for dinner. Got that Margherita pizza for 8€
Got back at 9pm.
Left for Space club at 10:45. I ran back by myself and got back at 2:40. Haha..
Left for Pisa at 9 am and arrived at 10:40 am
Saw the church there and temple. Took a bunch of pictures. The best place for cheesy tourist photos.
Left at 1
Grabbed a small sandwich and a coke at a place near the hostel. It was 4 euros. I’ve been trying to save money because of the new excursions I signed up for.
Left at 5 for the wine tasting at La Tancia in Tuscany. The vineyard was a beautiful place.The Chianti Red Wine was my favorite. We tried 2 whites, 3 reds and a dessert wine. Tuscan bread, prosciutto, salami and bruschetta was brought out too.
The bus ride back to the hostel was pretty funny. Got back around 9:15, hung out for a little then went to the red garter (bar/karaoke). On the way I picked up a beef kabob from Instanbul— it was good and juicy. The red garter had two rooms. The first was a bar then the next there was a stage for karaoke. They pulled up YouTube videos and there was a guy on stage with a guitar who played during the transitions. So it was a little weird. It was also a hot dog party and a lot of people were singing rock songs. Members of my tour group went up to do Drunken love by Beyoncé and like no one besides is knew it…
Walked back with the others and Anna (Alaska) really wanted Mcdonalds. I found that quite funny. So we stopped at the mcdonalds on our route back. Anna was so excited to get the quarter pounder meal and devoured it. Haha
Got back at 2:30 am
Leaving on the bus at 8:30 am for Florence
Arrived at 1 after a stop part way
Staying at hostel Plus Florence room 506
Tour starts at 2:30 pm Duomo Pzza square pontevecchio
Leather demo and how to look for genuine leather
Ufitzi gallery at 5:30. I went by myself. Saw some cool works by Jacopo ligozzi. I saw a couple works I learned about in class. There were some works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Titian at the gallery. So it was pretty neat.
Walked back and saw a good amount of Florence.
7:30 met at hostel to go out. We went up PiazzaLe Michelangelo. There were so many stairs…Had prosecco (Italian champagne) at the top with beautiful sunset view overlooking the city.
Got dinner at Frencesco vino. Ordered the Florentine steak….maybe the best I’ve ever had…
Gelato. Went back to hostel around 1 am
Hope God forgives me for sneaking a pic of The Creation of Adam #stuartiseuropeeing #eyetalians (at Sistine Chapel)
Walked to Vatican at 8
Walked to the Trevi fountain and Spanish steps. Both were under construction so that was a bummer.
Opera 6:30 pm dinner Tanagra
After every dish they sing a couple songs
Went out for a little. Talked with Kitty (Minnesota) about faith and what we individually believed in.
got back at 1:30 ish