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So I will knock Madrid out the way quickly as there is not a lot to tell. I jumped a bus from Barcelona for 30euro instead of paying the ridiculous 140 euro for the train. Catch it train takes 3 hrs and the bus takes 8 but whatever. So I arrived in Madrid just in time to watch Spain win, drink celebratory sangria, and then some more sangria and then I woke up :) so today I went on the hostel walking tour which was nice and then jumped the hop on hop off bus to cover the rest of the highlights. Not much to note, a couple of palaces, a few churches and some amazing fountains and gardens. Pretty standard for Spain. And tonight I watched the England vs Italy game and am suitably devastated about the result
So 2 months passes on Saturday 23rd June since I left the sunny skies of Australia and I have experienced a lot since then! Let's run through so highlights:
Anzac Day at Gallipoli - indescribable
Westham game and fabric night club in London - proper mental!
Edinburgh, Loch Ness and Glencoe - amazing!
Kissing the blarney stone - like I needed any more help at talking BS
Prague - amazing skyline and central Europe's biggest club with Miss Profke
Eurostar from London to Brussels under the English channel
Amsterdam - History and shenanigans all in one
Paris - too many monuments to name!
Niggas in Paris - hanging with the old boy in Paris was a massive highlight
Nice - beach, how I've missed you!
Milan - amazing duomo
Lake Como and Lake Garda - beautiful
Verona - such a beautiful place, really enjoyed my time here.
Venice - awesome on so many levels and I think the best gelato so far
Dolomite mountains - even the weather couldn't hide their beauty
Florence - beautiful city. Managed to over take Verona with its amazing skyline
Cinque Terre - pure love for this area. Could happily live in one the little villages
Rome - amazement on a grand scale! Such history and yet such amazing modern day culture too
Vatican City - St Peters basilica is off the hook! No picture will ever capture the scale of this place. The views are well worth the walk to the top
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius - that's right I climbed a volcano and went back 2000 years on one day!
Barcelona - what better place to do a music festival that runs past breakfast
Catalonia - a fantastic few days with some amazing food. I've done France and Italy but I think the best food I've had has been Spain by far
And now it's 12:06am and I'm just about to sign off on my last European blog. A little sad but when I look back I could not have asked for a better two months in Europe. The weather has been amazing, apart from London, but I had a pretty great group of Aussie girls to hang with there that made up for the London weather. Touch wood nothing has really gone wrong, no missed flights, no robberies (yes I did lose my wallet and break a bath but clearly both self inflicted, not sure if I blogged about the bath but that story can remain untold) and my health has been great throughout.
I have chosen not to put new pics up for this one but instead ones that remind me of home and keep my thoughts forever there. It's knowing that I still have 12 amazing weeks of adventuring left and then I get to go home to my equally amazing home life that makes me truly lucky. Sorry if you dont feature in my pics, I have a limited collection on my phone but my family and friends know who they are :) if you would like to add a pic of us together please whatsapp or Facebook it to me :)
Backpacker tip for clothes washing:
Socks and undies get dirty
Shirts and T-shirts get dirty
Pants...pants never get dirty!
A Baker Abroad