made it back home last thursday with no problems. 22 hours of travel.
so i watched the new harry potter 2 and a half times and reread my journal
which is good because i haven't written to you in so long i thought id
close out the trip with this letter. i dont think i told you about praha
in the czech republic so ill start there. in the travel book we had they
called the praha the hidden gem of central europe. they were right. there
was so much history there. praha was the only city in western and central
europe to not be bombed during ww2. the nazis set up a museum there that
was supposed to be in memory of the jews, who hitler thought he was going
to make extinct. so they put a bunch of artifacts in the museum.its crazy
to think that they actually planned for this, thankfully it never happened.
we went to the biggest club in central europe one night, five floors with
different music on each floor but it turned out to be pop music on one
and techno on all the rest, pretty lame. we saw a concert a different
night, Franz Ferdinand, i never heard of him but was pleasantry surprised
they sounded a lot like the strokes. theres a lot more to tell but itll
go better with the pictures we took, also trying to think of everything
we did is kind of depressing because i want to go back so badly.
in Munchen, Germany we went to the haupfbrau house. the oldest brewery
in the area. we drank steins of beer that weighed about 10 pounds, and
watched traditional german dancing and log cutting and beer pounding.
picture clark griswald going up on stage dancing with all the guys in
lederhosen, everyone in the crowd was swaying back and forth with stein
in hand havin a jolly old time. Another day we went to dachou the concentration
camp just outside of munchen. this was a sad, educational day. we saw
the prisons the bunks the bathrooms, the ten foot high electrified fence
and the incineration building. no one in the camp knew that there was
an inceration building because it was hidden around the corner of a forest.
they told them that they would going to get a shower and shoved them in
this room with fake shower heads and pipes along the walls and ceiling
then when the room was full, they shut the doors and dropped in the gas
bomb. within an hour they began throwing the bodies into the incinerators
in the next room over. very sad to think about. no one ever escaped from
dachau, not only was there electric fences and guards in 20 foot towers,
but the way they deterred anyone from leaving was to tell them that if
anyone tried to escape the nazis would shoot 50 of the people in there
room, which would be all of there closest friends, so no one tried because
their friends were all they had.
i got cut
off on my last email so this the continuation of the last.
moving on to our final destination in amsterdam, netherlands. wut a free
city. you can do anything you want there except drink on the streets.
this was the only city in europe that we visited that didn't allow drinking
in public, but everything else is legal. we stayed in a hostel in the
heart of the red light district aka THE FILTH. i wont go into too much
detail about there if you want to know, feel free to ask. i will say that
after 5 nights in the filth we were ready to get out. outside of the redlight
district, amsterdam is a really nice city, more than half of the population
rides a bike. a really ancient, cheap bicycle. i guess it has to be because
bicycle theft is huge there. the average bike there has probably changed
owners about 100 times. we had a few guys ride up to us and ask if we
wanted a fixed bike, this obviously means stolen because 5 minutes later
the same guy would ride by but on a different bike. the entire city has
bike lanes wher e the riders go faster than the cars on the street. bikers
have the right of way in every situation whether its pedestrians, cars,
or even the trams, they stop for no one. i saw a couple of walkers get
plowed by a biker, i imagine this happens all the time. we all had some
close calls but learned where we could walk very quickly. we went to anne
franks house in amsterdam. i always thought the annex was an attic but
it turns out its a really big house. the worst part of it was that they
never went outside even once in over 2 years. it was very sad, after going
to all these cities in europe to think of how much the nazis effected
everyone. theres still a few pieces of graffiti around so you know not
to forget all the pain and suffering they inflicted and that there are
some of these horrible people still around, but i think it also brought
a lot of europe together, just like in new york city where after 9-11
everyone went through so much suffering that everyone had something in
common, some kind of sadness, but then after a while of healing, everyone
unites to become stronger and closer than anyone had been before.
thats the end of this story, 6 weeks in the life of one savy traveler.
i recomend everyone go see the world for themselves. although we took
about 5-600 pictures, it just doesn't do europe justice, you gotta see
it for yourself. talk to all soon and next stop, hopefully in the next
year or so will be another story comin from Suda Americana. thanks for
keeping in touch, it means a lot hearing from friends and family when
you feel like your in a whole other world.
ciao, adios, arrivaderci, aurevoir, and goodbye
i have no idea how to say anything in greek except for yamas!!! that means
cheers. they have a whole other alphabet. where to begin. i think i last
wrote to you all in florence so i'll start with roma. this is the most
amazing city ever. 58 million people. there's new and old buildings everywhere
and a few blocks of ruins scattered throughout. we saw the tomb of the
unknown soldier which is the biggest building in roma. enourmous pillars
and carvings everywhere. the colloseum was crumbling, a piece fell while
we were there, that may have been staged though. we tagged on to a tour
group while we were there to get a little history instead of just looking
in amazment. we camped for two or three nights there, it's a little cheaper
but a little dirtier,
as well. i can't wait to get home and take a real shower and a poop on
a clean toilet. i'm getting pretty used to the hole in the ground but
it's hard to squat after walking all day long. i thought you would all
want to know about that. i dont think we'll take any pictures of the holes.
vatican city was incredible, it's hard to put anything we saw into words
but i think we took about 80 pictures in the church alone, even that doesn't
do it any justice you gotta see it in person!!! after roma we took a train
to bari on the tip of italy then caught a 11 and a half hour ferry to
corfu. this is a true paradise island. we've rented 4 wheelers 2 of the
days for only 10 euros all day, and we went kayaking and snorkeling on
another day. all good times but the party here begins at around 9 pm and
just doesn't stop. there's a greek drink called uzzo, tastes just like
good and plenty. they have an uzzo circle where everyone sits around and
watches some greek dancers, then rounds of uzzo shots are poured and dumped
into our mouths about half of it actually gets in the mouth, then dr.
george, the owner of the place, goes around smashing plates on your head.
it's a crazy fun night. tonight there is a toga party. that's all i can
think of right now, it's still pretty early in the morning, about 1200,
we saw some meteors but not to many, i sort of forgot to look up 2 of
the 3 nights, all together i saw about 10. hope all is well in the states.
i guess the olympics began yesterday and we're right next to it i heard
that a hostel there costs 70 euros compared to what weve been spending
25-30 euros a night, there's no way were going over there.
talk to you later, next stop is in venice.
love you all,
my current location is in the heart firenze aka florence. i wish the names
of cities were not translated throughout the world, it's kind of confusing.
we were thinking about posing in some speedos, you'll have to wait to
see the pictures. they are everywhere on the beaches. we just left the
cinquoterre which translates to the 5 towns. that was amazing, really
small villages on the northern coast of the mediterranean in italy, i
took a boat ride to see all five and got off at the riomajorre and walked
around and had a gelato, mmmm good. most every town there had between
400 and 1000 permanent residents, they all knew each other, and picked
the tourists out with no problem. the pictures show that the towns are
literally cut out of the mountains and the trains going thru are only
seen at the stops, otherwise it's tunnels the whole way. we stayed there
for 3 nights and now onto firenze.
i wish i knew how to speak italian, cause it's really fun to make up words
that sound like you know what you're talking about. today we just walked
around the city and looked at some enourmous statues, they're everywhere,
every door, lamp post building, window, and street has some type of art
ingrained into it. it reminds me a lot of paris, but the people are friendlier
and there's a better aura around town. it rained today for about 15 minutes
and everyone just stepped aside from where they were going and stood around
until it passed over, pretty funny, i guess that happens a lot here. as
soon as it was done everyone got right back to what they were doing. we're
staying in a little hotel room tonight for 20 euros a piece and tomorrow
were gonna go to a place called camping michaelangelo. sounds like fun
even if it does rain.
warm beer sucks!!! i tried it once, never again, so we've been drinking
super cheap vino. 1.50 for a bottle, i wish i liked it more. tomorrow
we're going into a chapel called the duomo, it looks like a cross from
the sky, looks like a pretty historical building started in the 13th century
and it took 150 years to finish. then were going to a museum called uffuzi,
i think, to see some works of all the famous teenage mutant ninja turtles,
you know michaelangelo, donatello, leonardo, and maybe rafael. that's
about it for me for now. our next move is to roma in 2 nights. i can't
wait to see if the meteor showers turns up here, you guys should should
come for the show, if not i'm sure john will take some time lapse pictures
with his digital camera.
barcelona!!! hola mi familia. what a place. its about 85 degrees
and the mediterranean is a refreshing dip. we got to a hostel yesterday
and man do they like the night life. every city in europe allows drinking
on the street just like vegas, we went to a pub crawl last night then
i got lost in the city for about 2 hours. but even that was fun. falafel
are the perfect on the go meal, but im still not sure what kind of meat
is in them, i think its veal.
paris was unreal, we went to the louvre for 4 hours but you could really
spend about a week there to see it all. we only saw 25%. egyptian heiroglyphics,
old tombs, artifacts, french and greek statues, tapestries the size of
the side of a house, gold everything, and paintings that look like there
looking right back at you. i think the mona lisa was staring at me the
whole time i was in the room. there must be atleast 100,000 exhibits there.
we also saw napolean's three room apartment that was decked out in gold.
we hiked up 52 floors at the eiffle tower and stopped 2/3 of the way up
because the line was gonna take to long but there are beautiful views
of the city everywhere you look. the french are actually quite friendly,
especially the guy we stayed with xavier and alex´s cousin linzie.
today im gonna meet up with my peruvian amiga, karin, we´ll probably
spend 4 or 5 nights in barcelona, all on the beach, where people are a
lot more revealing about their bodies, i'm sure you know what i mean,
topless and speedos everywhere. chau for now.
we made it to paris. now everything is 1000 times harder to figure out,
the keyboard is even different. we met up with alex's cousin here, so
that should help. i think that i can email you once or twice a week but
it's only by chance that we can find the internet. we have to laugh at
ourselves everytime we try to go anywhere because it is so difficult.
we went and saw big ben and parliament and buckingham palace in london
yesterday and tomorrow we're gonna check out the eifel tower and the louvre.
we got cut off in line for conan obrian by 8 people, but we saw so much
in new york. it would be awesome if you could forward this to the fam
because i dont get much time to be on the ish. i'll write again when we
get to barcelona in 2 or 3 days.
aurevoir for now,
still in new york right now and i am totally amazed at everthing i see.
everyone here is actually really friendly unlike everything i had ever
heard. weve had a few celebrity sightings like tony danza, al sharpton,
and were pretty sure we saw daniel baldwin, you know, the no talent baldwin
brother. were gonna try to get conan obrian tickets for tomorrow so well
have to wait in line at rockafeller plaza at 700 am. i cant get over how
ginormous this city is. we leave for london tomorrow at 11 pm. talk to
you again later