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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.

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