Six months already (cue cringe-worthy comments on how fast the year has gone). I sit here writing a new novella when I should be working on another story that was listed in my quarterly goals. But this is just more appealing to me at the moment. I think it might be another completed work by the end of the month 🙂
Anyway, now that half the year is already gone. It is only two months until I have to go back to Australia or maybe three months to change over my visa. I will be intending to return back to Edinburgh, I just don’t know exactly when. I’m planning on taking the time where I won’t have a reliable internet connection to encourage me to write more.
These are the things I want to have done by the year’s end:
It’s taken me too long to get this out here. Chris and I’s trip to Amsterdam in late 2015 was our long overdue honeymoon.
Wednesday, September 23rd:
Early flight to Amsterdam followed by a train into the city where we walked to our Airbnb place (which was boss by the way). Followed by us just walking around the city exploring. We passed a train station and there was a bicycle car park and all the levels were just covered in bikes like a mass of grey. We saw a lot of coffee shops, shops that sold pot and places the did both.
Thursday, September 24th:
Took the train out into the countryside where we met a long time friend of Chris’ who drove us to Zaanse Schans to look at the windmills. After that we drove to Zandvoort, a very beachy town that I liked because it actually showed me that Europe had beaches that reminded me of the ones back in Australia. Along the way we passed a town called Haarlem. We had some drinks in a church turned pub and then saw a clog museum (turns out you need to wear special socks with those shoes).
Friday, September 25th:
We did a lot this day. Went to see Body Worlds by Gunther Von Hagen followed by a canal cruise where we saw more of the city. We saw a sex museum that was very average and then did some more wandering about taking in the architecture. That night we walked through the red light district, it wasn’t that impressive, very touristy.
Saturday, September 26th:
We went to the Torture Museum and then to the awesome Dutch Resistance Museum, where we spent a few hours there. It was a wealth of information about resistance against the Nazi’s, I recommend it a lot. Then we found a little love lock bridge, but I’m not sure if it was an offical thing. We then wandered into this small but shitty pub that gave me a drink with flies in it 😦 And we also went hunting for a certain market, but found only a dodgy side street, I don’t think that it was on that day.
Sunday, September 27th:
It was a lazy day. Before we got the train back to the airport we met up with a friend Chris hadn’t seen in years and flew back late that day.
We flew in and out of Stansted Airport and overall it wasn’t as expensive as people go on about. The only thing we found to be pricy was the long-term accommodation for people looking to live there, other than that it was quiet a manageable trip.
Thursday 19th January:
When we arrived we got the train to Liverpool Street Station and walked through the city and saw along the way the outside of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge (that is the better bridge, not London Bridge). We got an Airbnb place in the suburb of Bermondsey, then we walked back into the city and had dinner at a german restaurant.
Friday 20th January:
We walked to the Imperial War Museum and spent an hour or two there and then went and looked around Westminster, saw the palace and abbey plus Big Ben. We then went to Trafalgar Square, followed by a stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace. It was the first time I saw a lake that was partially covered in ice! We then wandered off towards Downing Street and saw that the place was cut off with large black metal barricades and armed with armed men. Afterwards we met up with friend and had a lovely french meal in Soho.
Saturday 21st January:
We met up with the same friend from last night and another to go to a wonderful market near Bethnal Green. We used public transport for the first time, taking the train to Bethnal Green tube station. Afterwards we went to The British Museum.
Sunday 22nd January:
Visited the Natural History Museum (with another friend) and spent a good four hours there. I really liked all the taxidermy animals they had on display, but the place was packed and we even had to line up to get in. That night we had dinner at a BBQ restaurant and returned home via the tube.
Monday 23rd January:
We leisurely walked into the city along the river and explored the streets around us (four hours!) and for dinner met up with another friend at Imperial College. After that we hung out in the student bar and then with a fourth person we walked along ‘Embassy Row’, a street that had extravagant houses along Hyde Park. We went to a wonderful Japanese Sushi restaurant and took a bus back.
Tuesday 24th January:
Terrible day. We booked a return bus trip to Cambridge via National Express. But three times they screwed us with directions. The first time they failed to inform us of a change in location. The second time we were given the wrong location and when we rang up again the person on the line didn’t even know the stop we were at, so we were told to go back to the first stop and the bus never came. It was terrible, hopefully we’ll get a refund. I check them out on Trip Advisor and half their reviews are one star ratings. In the end we went back home and de-stressed.
Wednesday 25th January:
After a sleep in we went and saw the Wellcome Trust followed by the Grant Museum of Zoology. That place was amazing. The zoology building isn’t that big, but it is packed with skeletons and specimens of all types of animals and critters. It was so much fun to look at.
Thursday 26th January:
Last day, walked into London and then met up for lunch with another two other people at the same german restaurant we had dinner at on our first day. Then we went to The Alchemist and had a waffles and sticky date pudding. Then we got the train from Liverpool Street Station back to Stansted.
Lol it’s taken me a while to get this post up. But back in April 2015 me and Chris went on a four-day trip to Paris 🙂
April 24th, Friday:
We hopped onto the plane at Edinburgh and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport mid afternoon after only 90 minutes!
We had a friend of Jonas (from USC) pick us up and drive us to Jonas’ house. An awesome little place in a village outside of Meaux – I can’t remember exactly the name. We met his girlfriend for the first time and that night Jonas had a small gathering at his place and we chilled out etc. They were even nice enough to let us sleep in their bed instead of their couch.
April 25th, Saturday:
The next morning me, Chris, Jonas and Oreli drove to train station that was next to Disneyland Paris. Funny enough there were lots of black clad armed military men wandering around the place. I wanted to take a picture, but I didn’t think it was a good idea in the end. It’s a good thing that we had Jonas and Oreli with us because the Paris railway is so completely fucking nuts. There are some stations that have multiple levels of railway!
We got off at station that was near the Louvre and I got to enjoy the wonders of the 1 euro toilet (it wasn’t wonderful). Also all toilets there cost money, so hold it in if you can. Despite being at the Louvre we didn’t see it until our last day. Instead we went to the Arc de Triomphe first.
After that we went and walked along the Champs-Elysees.
I got some lovely postcards, as souvenirs, from a little street stall. It was funny because when I first started looking at the cards there was no one around, but when I paid there were tonnes of people. There were so many expensive shops and everything was so beautiful.
Then we went onto the Eiffel Tower. You don’t see it, but there are tonnes of Nigerian scammers lurking around, trying to sell trinkets and shit.
Next we went and saw Notre Dame.
Then we went to Pont de l’Archeveche, which was right next to the Notre Dame and was covered in love padlocks 🙂
From memory somewhere along the way, we left Jonas and Oreli and met up with Kevin and Laura, both who we knew from USC.
We stayed at their place for the next two nights and got to meet their cat.
On the way to their place they showed us that Paris has an entire abandoned railway system. While you’re not allowed down their there are tones of graffiti and bon fires etc.
April 26th, Sunday:
We spent most of Sunday morning waiting to get into the Catacombes de Paris. When we got in line we didn’t realise that it was so long. And after a few turns and realising that after an hour of waiting it was too late to leave. But eventually we got down there.
Sorry my 2008 camera was not liking it underground and decided to act its age.
Then we went onto Sacre-Coeur.
There was lots of people all over the place and it is still a functioning church.
Then on our way back to Laura and Kevin’s we came across Le Mur des Je t’aime or Wall of Lovers.
April 26th, Sunday:
On Sunday we finally headed towards The Louvre, but before we got there we went through a nice park, that I think might have been part of the museum.
Then we came to one of The Louvre entrances. Don’t know what monument this is called but it’s impressive.
We took so many pictures (so god damn many) inside The Louvre. So I’m putting the ones I like in here.
We spent hours there and then afterwards headed to the airport. It was so pretty to see the plane travel up through the clouds 🙂