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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: one girl's quest to see the world

Trip: Europe Summer 2007

There are [16] stories from my trip: Europe Summer 2007

I'm home. That's about all my brain can process right now.

USA | Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | Views [355]

I got out of my bed at the Zurich Youth Hostel 21 hours ago. I distinguish "got out of my bed" from "woke up" since I didn't actually sleep last night for fear of oversleeping my alarm and missing my flight. Silly me. No need to fear ... Read more >

Tags: exhausted yet happy, home, new york

So so so annoyed

SWITZERLAND | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | Views [325]

The internet at the hostel is terrible. It just has these spasms where it doesn't work for a minute or two or three, but it continues to deduct your time. Well I was checking email just now and trying to check in for my flight and I had two minutes left, ... Read more >

Tags: hungry, switzerland, wi-fi, zurich

"Swiss efficiency" seems to extend to everything except the internet

SWITZERLAND | Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | Views [378]

I made it to Zurich just fine... it seems that sleeper cars on night trains are actually quite comfortable and I slept the best since coming on this trip. Am seriously a fan of sleeper cars.  My hostel is clean and huge and also the nicest of all of ... Read more >

Tags: wandering, wi-fi, zurich

Here is a thought...

GERMANY | Monday, 16 Jul 2007 | Views [381]

...all backpackers, no matter their age or nationality or length of trip, have a distinct smell. It's not dirt or body odor necessarily... it is just the smell of people who have been wearing the same clothes, surrounded by the same people every moment ... Read more >

Tags: berlin, germany, smelly backpackers, trains

I am museum-ed out!

GERMANY | Sunday, 15 Jul 2007 | Views [452]

Well the day is winding down and my feet are killing me because all day today has been walking through museums. It's been pretty sweet but still, I need to chill out tonight. Started off with a tour (in German so I have *no idea* what was said) of the ... Read more >

Tags: berlin, germany, hot hot hot, museums

It's summer in Berlin

GERMANY | Saturday, 14 Jul 2007 | Views [329]

Well the sun is out and it is hot! Today is the first day it hasn't rained since I came to Europe, but I think it would have been a nice relief from the heat as it was close to 90 degrees today. Despite all of attempts at sunscreen I have a lovely burn ... Read more >

Tags: berlin, germany, wandering

Gastronomical adventures in Germany

GERMANY | Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | Views [399]

Well I made it to Berlin (definitely the hardest city to navigate thus far but I attribute it to its sheer size, which hardly compares to everywhere else I've been). My hostel is quite nice and I will definitely make friends considering I'm in a room ... Read more >

Tags: berlin, food, germany, wi-fi

Apparently everybody liked HP5 except me?

GERMANY | Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | Views [323]

I added a post script to my last blog on MySpace (same as the entries I post on here) about my disappointment with HP5 and I got two comments on how I was sooo wrong. So I responded with the following blog, which I am now going to share with my readers ... Read more >

Tags: germany, hamburg, harry potter

Modern dance and other fun in Hamburg

GERMANY | Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | Views [374]

So my long day in Hamburg is winding down and I thought I'd check in with a brief report. As per David's suggestions I took a tour of the Rathaus (city hall) this morning and seriously, this building is *gorgeous*. Also hit up an exhibition on Otto Dix ... Read more >

Tags: dance, germany, hamburg

Hamburg is so much better than Amsterdam

GERMANY | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | Views [439]

Sorry, but I had to say it. Amsterdam was cool. Yes, indeed, Amsterdam was fun. But in the hour I've been in Hamburg I am so much happier and nothing *really* has even happened. Maybe it's that Germany is that much better than Holland? Who knows; I'm ... Read more >

Tags: germany, hamburg, more rain

Why I like bike tours, and other fun stuff from the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | Views [352]

1) Bikes are very very common in Europe and regular people (even tourists!) can ride them without fearing for their lives (unlike in New York, where you are just stupid if you are not a messenger or delivery man and yet insist on riding your bike outside ... Read more >

Tags: bike tours, the netherlands

Yay for free internet!

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | Views [331]

Hey everybody... made it to Amsterdam and let me tell you: overnight trains are worse than overnight flights. Seriously, I have never slept so badly in my life... probably because I was in an aisle seat, in the last row of the car nearest the club car ... Read more >

Tags: amsterdam, more rain, wi-fi

Deutches Museum and off to Amsterdam

GERMANY | Sunday, 8 Jul 2007 | Views [320]

Spent the morning at the Deutsches Museum, the world's largest mueseum of science and technology. It was pretty awesome, even if only half of the exhibits had English translations. The aeronautical wing was amazing and I even sat through a Planetarium ... Read more >

Tags: germany, munich, rain storms

Dachau, plus street concerts

GERMANY | Saturday, 7 Jul 2007 | Views [425]

Hey everybody! Things are lovely here... Went to Dachau this morning to visit the concentration camp and was thoroughly depressed for a good three hours but it was worth it. I remember going there senior year at Interlochen with Mr. McCall but all of ... Read more >

Tags: dachau, germany, munich

Munich is awesome!

GERMANY | Friday, 6 Jul 2007 | Views [635]

So I am off on my backpacking leg and already I am infinitely happier than I was at the dig. I am in Munich and have checked into my super cool hostel and have planned out the next three days. Going on a bike tour of the city tonight then back to the ... Read more >

Tags: being spontaneous, germany, munich

Well, I made it...

GERMANY | Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | Views [261]

Well friends, I am here in Bavaria and it is cold. Cold and rainy and did I mention cold? I packed for light rain and maybe 65-75 degrees... and it is pouring rain and about 50 degrees.  I am the only native English speaker on the trip so that has been ... Read more >

Tags: germany, munich