It’s fair to say it’s been a busy month. Five cities around Europe and the adventures contained within and in between are far too much for an individual blog post, but here’s a range of pictures and the memories of just a few of them!
I know it’s a stereotype, but attempting to bike in the city of bikes (and even harder, attempting the selfie) was hilarious fun… Also worth mentioning in Amsterdam is Anne Frank’s house: very memorable, and the zoo: fantastic and massive.
I mentioned in my interrail planning post that I was wildly excited about the tent we were staying in Munich. It not only lived up to expectations, it pretty much instantly surpassed them. The disadvantages; noisy, cramped and boiling hot past 9am (it was 30°C while we were there). The advantages; none of those things really mattered, the drinks were cheap, the atmosphere was amazing, and the people were incredibly friendly. I met another Plymouth University student- small world! Munich also gets special mention for the Deutsches Museum, which has a great science section…
The astronomical clock in Prague is, not only an important example of medieval technology (put together in 1410 and still working) but also well known as the second most disappointing attraction in Europe (the first being the postcard-sized Mona Lisa). The most amusing thing is every hour hundreds crowd the square to hear its chime, and almost universal reaction is “oh, was that it.”
Special mention must go to Prague as being the location where my degree grade was confirmed. There can’t be a nicer place to see the results of three years’ work, than under an umbrella on a hilltop beer garden, on a slightly drizzly day, with drink in hand already- more on that next post!
Krakow salt mines are particularly entertaining, but not because of their rich history, interesting as it is, but the habit of miners to cave out intricate chapels, chambers and statues from the salt which they were supposed to be mining…
It was particularly impressive upon exiting a narrow tunnel to find ourselves inside a massive cathedral over 100m underground!
Hot springs are rather nice; I mean, free heated water, and endless chances to claim restorative properties and make money off tourists. We just wanted a swim, but it was lovely, and even more fun as we had packed a GoPro with waterproof case, so we had plenty of fun getting some entertaining pictures, both at the spa and lake we took it to!
Budapest also featured beautiful hilltop views, a good art and a history museum, the latter with the hilarious feature of some computer depictions of life in historic Hungary having been generated recognisably in video games… There were also great ruin bars and a fun zoo.
Overall, the trip was brilliant, and a perfect way of capping off my three years in Plymouth. It had every aspect of a perfect holiday, and I could happily talk for hours about it…but that makes for an exceedingly dull blog post! Cya!