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Be(a)rlin, Budapest, Prague, London

I was so busy traveling these past two weeks that I couldn’t update this page, so rather than go into detail about each individual place, here are lots of pictures with the highlights!

BERLIN

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Vicky and I arrived late at night and after many struggles with the public transportation system we finally arrived to our airbnb. The next morning we went to the East Side Galleries which is the Berlin Wall, this was actually my favorite part of Berlin since it is so beautiful and historical at the same time.

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After a lunch of currywurst, we headed over to Checkpoint Charlie, the Topography of Terror museum (about the Nazis and World War II), the Holocaust Memorial, and the Brandenburg Gate.

The next day, we went to the top of the Television Tower which was very crowded but the view was worth it. Then we spent the rest of the day walking around the Friedrichshain are of Berlin which is very cute and “trendy”.

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The memorial for the Jews murdered in the Holocaust

It was really interesting to see the East and West sides of Berlin now, knowing that they were so different only thirty years ago.

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Sight of the Nazi book burning

Also, Berlin has excellent chai lattes, its this brand called David Rio which is actually from California but they have it in every single cafe throughout this city!

BUDAPEST

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Fisherman’s Bastion

This was one of my favorite cities that I’ve visited on my travels. I thought Budapest was extremely beautiful, interesting, and I actually ended up learning a lot about World War II and Hungarian history. It was supposed to rain our entire stay, so right when we arrived we hit all of the main outdoor sights while we still had sun. We saw Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and the Hungarian Parliament building during the daytime. While the sun was setting we got lost in Buda Castle (we couldnt find the castle for hours until we realized the whole time we were actually inside it!). Pretty much, we spent the afternoon and evening walking around Castle Hill and looking at the amazing view of the city. Then at night, we walked back towards the Parliament building to see it all lit up.

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The next day we woke up to sunny skies again and walked across one of the Budapest’s bridges to go to their famous thermal bathes called Gellert. The process of buying our tickets and finding the baths was kind of overwhelming but once we were in the different pools it was quite relaxing. Afterwards, toured a church in a cave and walked up to Margaret Island. Since Gellert didnt have any openings for massages that day, we attempted to find another thermal bath place that did but that ended unsuccessfully. Later that night, we went on a cruise down the Danube river and got to see both Buda and Pest (yes, the city is divided into two halves- Buda and Pest).

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Hungarian Parliament Building

On Friday we woke up to an overcast sky but with no signs of rain, so we explored more of the Pest side and ended up walking to Heroes Square where there was a food festival going on as well.

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Heroes’ Square

We also visited two museums, Hospital in the Rock, and House of Terror. Both were extremely informative and my two favorite museums of the entire trip. Hospital in the Rock is a ex-hospital in a cave used during World War II and it was later a nuclear bunker during the Cold War. House of Terror is a museum located inside the house that was the Nazi headquarters and later the Soviet headquarters in Hungary.

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View from one of the many bridges.

On Saturday morning, we woke up and got brunch at the New York Cafe which is a super classy and fancy restaurant in a hotel near our airbnb. Then we got on a fifteen row propellor airplane and took off towards Prague.

PRAGUE

The tiniest plane I've ever been on!

The tiniest plane I’ve ever been on!

If cities were amusement parks, Prague would be Disneyland. The streets and buildings were absolutely adorable and everywhere we walked there were street musicians and vendors.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

We had four days in Prague, so we were able to relax a little bit more and take our time seeing the sights. We went to the top of the clock tower, saw Olde Town Square and walked over the river via Charles Bridge. We saw the Prague Castle and ate many Chimney Cakes, chocolate, and gelato. We visited the John Lennon Wall which I have absolutely no idea why it is in Prague, but either way it is very pretty.

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John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

One of my favorite things to do in Prague was take a peddle boat out on the river. It was so peaceful and beautiful at the same time.

We also went to the Kafka museum and the Film Special Effects museum, both were very interesting.

LONDON

London is Vicky’s city, which made it so special and exciting to see. Our flight out of Prague was delayed by two hours so we ended up having to take the double decker night bus back to her college campus (I was staying in her dorm). It was quite an experience since the last time I rode on a double decker bus I was five years old.

Big Ben

Big Ben

The next morning we got a semi early start and headed out to Central London where we did many of the “touristy” things such as seeing Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and of course, taking the classes phone booth photo. We even stopped for a classy afternoon tea for two!

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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We also walked around Shoreditch, a much more hip part of the city that is filled with cute book stores, art studios, and coffee shops.

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I loved getting a personal tour of London and despite the cold weather I really did fall in love with the city!

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Where are all the unicorns?!

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Vicky and I in front of the university

After a crazy three hour delay, switching of aircrafts, and a free slice of pizza courtesy of RyanAir, I boarded my Friday afternoon flight to Glasgow, Scotland. About four hours later I found myself in the center of a city where everyone speaks incomprehensible English and drives on the wrong side of the road.

Actually, I was pleasantly surprised by Glasgow. I honestly didn’t know what to expect other than cold weather and people with thick accents, but what I found was a cute, bustling city with plenty of things to do, places to eat, friendly people, and an impeccably clean underground subway.

I was traveling again with my American roommate, Vicky, only this time we had our friend Sam (who is studying in Glasgow) to show us around. It always makes a huge difference traveling with someone who knows the city, plus I love getting a glimpse at other people’s experiences abroad.

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We ate that night at a cute restaurant in the West end and afterwards, Sam showed us where he goes to school. The university was absolutely stunning, it felt like I was in a castle. Later, Vicky and I checked into our hostel which was by far the best hostel I’ve ever seen. The rooms were clean, cozy, and had a private bathroom! (It was called Alba if any of you are ever planning to visit Glasgow on a budget).

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The view from one of the parks we visited

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On Saturday, we spent the day hiking in a park about twenty minutes outside of the city. This was the first time in a while that I have been surrounded by such beautiful nature. We also lucked out with the weather as it was sunny all day. My favorite part of the hike was actually when we first arrived and bumped into a field of sheep. For dinner, we ate Indian food back in the city center, it was delicious not to mention the waitress was possibly the most friendly person I’d ever met. At night, we went to a Scottish pub where a musician was playing live acoustic guitar. The best part was that everyone there knew all of the songs played and seemed quite happy singing the lyrics while drinking their beers. I don’t know if this is a common occurrence, but I hope so, since it made me so happy seeing so many happy people all together, listening to good music.

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The next morning, after brunch in a tiny, hip cafe, Vicky and I walked around the Botanical Gardens. It was raining on and off but somehow we managed to wind up indoors just before every short shower. We met up with Sam again and got donuts and coffee and then more coffee. In the evening, he took us to a vegan restaurant for dinner where I had the best vegan burger I’ve ever had (even though I’m not vegan, I have had my fair share of vegan hamburgers and this one was by far the best tasting).

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Inside a monument we came across while hiking

At around 10pm I headed back to Central Station, where I hopped on an airport bound train. My flight wasn’t until 6am the following morning, but there was no public transportation that early and I didn’t want to pay for a taxi so I set up camp in the airport. It was the coldest airport I’d ever been to and with that being said I’d like to take a moment to thank the friendly barista at the 24 hour airport Starbucks who gave me tea and an ice pack filled with boiling hot water because I was shivering.

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I always love seeing my darling roommate and it was refreshing to not have to worry (too much) about trying to understand a new language and communicate in a foreign country. So, as far as favorite cities go, Glasgow is definitely up there (even though it was realllllly cold!).

On a side note, I was rather disappointed that Scotland does not have any unicorns, although they have more than enough sheep.

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I Made It!

Well folks, it’s for real, I officially landed in Madrid! After about 40 minutes of trying to figure out how to access the airport wifi I can finally relax and wait for my connecting flight to Sevilla. Everything here is so trendy, even though it’s only an airport the ceilings are gorgeous and the atmosphere is much more comforting than even the VIP lounge at JFK- which I also got to experience earlier today (or yesterday? This time change is messing with me). Spain, I love you already.

It’s funny actually, the time now is 8am but in my head it feels like the middle of the night so I’m really confused whether I should be feeling hungry or sleepy. The good part about airports is that it’s so easy to grab a snack and take a quick nap. That’s pretty much the best of both worlds when it comes to traveling. Since the time change is so drastic I ended up sleeping for only two hours on my six hour journey so I’m afraid some of my logic is dampened by delirium at the moment. But that’s okay because in two more hours I will finally be in Sevilla and get to start my four month long adventure in Spain!

Now time to find my gate… More adventures to come!

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