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Reflecting on 2009 – Part 1

05 Jan 10

Overlooking Monte Carlo, Monaco

Looking back at 2009 it was quite an exciting and eventful year, I met many people and visited numerous cities on my numerous trips mostly around Europe. Here a few highlights of what I got up to.

  • Lady Gaga – One of the great aspects of living in London is the never ending list of bands & artists performing, both big and small. Lady Gaga was the Gig for 2009, she put on a great performance at Heaven.
  • Manchester – Headed up for the weekend to checkout nightlife on Canal Street – met some great people at my hostel, we great night out
  • Hamburg – Took advantage of the Ryanair’s silly fares (¬£5 return) and went to Hamburg Germany for the weekend.
  • Nightwish – A Finish band which would probably never make it to Australia was playing in London, so it was a must do. Had an enjoyable evening at their Gig, only downside was I had to sit down the entire time ūüôĀ
  • London – So much is happening in this city visited Hyde Park, September Gig,¬†Foam Party @ Heaven and Shortdich House.
  • Brighton – Spent Easter couch surfing in Brighton.
  • Armin Van Buuren – Been such an avid fan I went to¬†Birmingham & Ministry of Sound in London (twice :)) to see him DJ.
  • Sensation – I flew all the way to Budapest Hungry to attended Sensation – Ocean of White, this was my second couch surfing experience. I had a great time and really enjoy my time in Budapest.
  • 2 Week Trip – Spent two weeks mostly traveling by train around Europe, first stop was Amsterdam which they were celebrating Queen’s Day (National Holiday) followed by Berlin, Zurich, Rome, Venice & Barcelona.
  • 46 Day Camping Trip – I haven’t done much camping beforehand but I braved the conditions and best time EVER, its one huge trip I will never forget.
    • I visited many cities, our tour started in London and continued into¬†Paris, Barcelona, back into France to visit the French Riveriva (Nice, Cannes & Monaco), ¬†Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Capri (one of my favorites) and Pompeii.
    • We took an over night ferry from Italy to the laid back island of Corfu, Greece after relaxing, drinking cocktails & doing watersports we headed to Athens, then crossed over into Turkey one place I would love to head back to. After our time in Istanbul & Gallipoi we headed into the Eastern Block. Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania & Montenengro where very different and full of surprises along the way. We spent a 3 lovely days in Dubronivk Croatia. Hungary was next followed by Bratislava, Slovakia, Austria, Mathausen Concentration Camp, Cesky Krumlov in Czeck Reupublic then onto Prague.
    • Our camping trip was coming to an end, our next stop was Munich the home of Octoberfest, entered¬†Switzerland, the¬†scenery¬†amazing we visited Lucerne & Jungfrau. Back into Germany to visit Heidelberg, St Goar & Rhine Valley. To finish up we headed to Amsterdam then back to London.
  • Spent a few days soaking up the London Summer before I set out more travels. Watch out for Part 2.

Back to reality

01 Sep 09

norway-scenery

Well, where do I start haven’t blogged for quite some time, but I have been tweeting away on my travels. Over 5 months of traveling I meet some great people, cities and experiences that I will never forget, I have many stories & odd facts to tell.

Majority of my traveling was with Conitki (An organised tour for 18 – 35 years old) which took me through Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia & Scandinavia. I often get asked ‘Which is the best placed you visited?’, its quite hard to narrow it down as each city/country I visited has it own unique qualities. If I had to pick one city it would have to be the day we spent on the small island of Capri in Italy, the sun was shining on this sleepy, but beautiful pebble beach town. Overall my favourite country was Norway, the scenery was breathtaking.

Im back in London and have moved into a new shared house just south of Central London & have secured a short term contract in working for a large advertisement & communications agency, so things are looking good at the moment.

Over the next few months I will be posting up a selection of the 1000’s of photos I took.

Living the Dream

27 Apr 09

Today marks the start of my 4 month long trip across Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia & Scandinavian countries. I will be making my own way to places as well as organised tours with Conitki.

I am pumped & raring to go visiting 20+ countries in the months ahead. The first few weeks of my trip is visiting European countries mainly via day & overnight trains. Next lined up with a 7 week camping trip organised by Contiki, followed by 3 weeks in Russia & Scandinavia, also with Contiki.

I am going to be quite Internetless over the next 4 months, but I will be twittering as I venture from country to country, the map below will plot my tracks. Stay up-to-date by following me on Twitter

April

  • United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands

May

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
  • France

June

  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Macedonia
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Austria
July

  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Latvia
  • Russian Federation

August

  • Russian Federation
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • United Kingdom