Europe So Far: Day 39 – 68 

Alright, so as you can tell or if you haven’t caught on yet, we are way behind on our blog posts – like stupidly behind. So I am going to catch you up the quick way and easy way –Our Vlogs.

Our last post caught you up to Naxos, which was ages ago! Since then we hopped over to Mykonos, then on to Santorini where we stayed for four days.

From Santorini we stopped on Milos to cut up the long ferry journey back to Athens. We were only on the island two nights and one full day but completely fell in love. We wish we could have stayed there long but it’ll be first on our list of places to visit next time we’re in Greece.

From there we went back to Athens to get over to Zakynthos (a very, very, touist-y island, over populated with Brits on holiday), which is just off the west side of mainland Greece.

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We spent two days there and really only went to check out Shipwreck Beach; I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos all over Pinterest and Instagram.

We then hopped back over to the mainland where we ended up in Patras, one of Greece’s biggest cities and a major port town. We stayed here two nights, while we tried to figure out how we were going to get into Croatia. First we thought we’d go by bus. Then we thought we go by ferry over to Italy and then another ferry back over into Croatia. But in the end we ended up flying out of Athens to Dubrovnik. It worked out about the same price and was a lot less hassle.

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Oh yeah, and while we were in Patras, after we booked out flight, Will was taking the drone out to drain the battery (which you have to do before you fly) and we had a bit of an accident *insert very annoyed face here*. It’s not massively damaged, but just enough so that we had to send it back to DJI for repair. We think it was a malfunction with the drone itself because it was acting a bit strange the day before but we’re not 100% sure. We’ll have to wait and see what the analysis team says.

So, we flew to Dubrovnik, where we sent the drone via post back to DJI for repair. This whole situation put quite the damper on the next few days. We were frustrated about the drone, stressed because we are running out of money and Croatia wasn’t as cheap as we were hoping it would be, tired of unpacking and packing our bags every couple of days and just all around feeling down.

Originally we thought we’d wait out the repair process in Croatia, since we were originally told the whole process would only take 7-10 days. It’s now been 9 days and they’ve just started the process yesterday. We’re not impressed.

Fast forward to today. We left Split Tuesday evening (August 15th) on a night bus heading to Venice. We’ve now been here two days. We’ve regrouped, fought off our blues, re-arranged our plans, come to terms that we are without our drone for the time being and that we won’t be able to simply wait around for it to be fixed, booked flights to where we will be settling for the next year or so to save up for the next big adventure (separate post for that coming soon), and simply trying to enjoy the time we have left here in Europe.

Travel isn’t always easy, if it were easy it wouldn’t be as rewarding as it is. You just have to learn to roll with the punches, accept that some things are out of your control and just go with it. We would never had gotten to where we are if we just gave up every time we ran into some hard patches. And hard patches will come, you can’t avoid them, every traveller knows that – we just make the most of it and move on.

And that’s that. From Venice, I think we’re going to go up to Munich and stay there for a couple of days. I have a friend who’s from a town close to Munich, and i’d love to catch up with her before leaving Europe. Plus we were there for Oktoberfest last year, loved the city and wanted to go back ever since. Hostel prices are more affordable for us than to go up into Switzerland, which was our original plan. After Croatia we wanted to go into Switzerland and rent a car, but it’s very, very expensive, so what’s left of our money won’t go very far.

We’ve also been recommended a few places in the Netherlands to visit (other than Amsterdam) by our friend we’ve met up with here in Venice (Thanks Joey!), they should be cheaper and less touristy which is just what we’re looking for right now. So we may head over there after Munich.

But who knows, our plans can change at the drop of a hat. If you don’t know this already, we are indecisive as f**k, change our minds so quickly, and like to do things last-minute. It’s all part of our Adventure. So stay tuned to see where we end up next!

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Europe Day 36 – 39: Naxos

When we started island hopping around Greece, we really had no set plan on where we were going, what islands we were going to visit or how long we would stay in Greece. All we had was a list of places we wanted to go/see.

So, when we got to Paros, we had no onward journey booked and we didn’t even know what island we were going to go to next. We just started looking for the cheapest accommodation and ferry prices for surrounding islands, and that’s how we ended up on Naxos.

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Naxos is less than an hours ferry ride from Paros, it’s relatively the same in personality, same in price for food and accommodation, but it slightly bigger than its neighbour.

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On the morning of the 16th (July) we caught the ferry over to Naxos. One thing we’ve quickly learnt is that the ferries in Greece are almost always late and this ferry was no exception, it was nearly 45 minutes late! Good thing we weren’t in a rush!

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But anyway, we arrived into Naxos by noon and were greeted by our hotels shuttle service. Although the hotel wasn’t far from the port, it was a nice change not to have to walk uphill and in the blaring sun with our backpacks.

We stayed at Soula Apartments, where we originally booked two beds in a dorm room but somehow got lucky and were given a private double room; which we weren’t going to complain about. Our apartment was only a couple of minutes from the beach, shops, restaurants and the main area of town. So of course and per usual, once we were checked-in we dropped our bags, changed into our swimmers, and headed out for some lunch and the beach. Needless to say we spent our first day on the island lounging on the beach.

It was on Naxos that we found our favourite restaurant. They had the most garlic-y tzatziki ever! It was sooooo good, we ate there for nearly every meal, no joke. It was called Gyro Gryo, it was in the little square not far from our hotel, it really doesn’t look like anything special but trust us, we highly recommend anyone heading to Naxos to go to this little spot. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

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Our second day, and first full day on the island we – surprise, surprise – slept in *insert shocked faces here*, grabbed some late breakfast from a little cafe and walked over to the Temple of Apollo (or Apollo’s Gate), which is by the port in the town of Naxos (only a 10-15 minute walk from our hotel).

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We’re not sure of the history because there isn’t any information at the site itself but it’s not much of a temple anymore. The only thing left standing is a door like structure, surrounded by large stones which once must have made up the rest of the temple. It’s really quite cool to see though, and very picturesque.

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Can you guys guess what we did next?

Yeah … we went to the beach.

Because Naxos is bigger than Paros, the main town doesn’t really have the same small village feel. So instead of wandering little passage ways and getting lost down cobble stone streets, we spent our time at the beach, soaking up as much of the Greek sun as possible.

We spent the evening sipping cocktails, editing, and watching the sunset while sitting by the beach. It’s really starting to feel like our time in Greece is a holiday rather than a backpacking trip. We could get used to this.

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A short walk from the beach was an abandoned restaurant. We had seen several people up there so on our last day on the island we decided to head up to it and have a look around.

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The restaurant must have been pretty nice, and we can’t imagine why it would have closed because the views the place offers are so nice! There really wasn’t much to explore but we walked around what we could. Later that evening we had dinner by the beach and asked the waitress why it was left to ruin but she or her boss didn’t know. Our guess is that it might have been during Greeces economic crash, but we’ll never know.

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Oh yeah, it was on Naxos that we bought our drone. We had been humming and huhhing for months before our trip about whether or not to fork out the money and in the end decided against it. But, after further thinking, we decided to just do it. The way we see it, it’s an investment into our passion for photography, travel and showing people the places we explore.

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We got the DJI Mavic Pro, it shoots in 4k or less, should you wish, the thing pretty much flies itself and the views we are now able to capture are unreal. We’re in love.

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Trying to figure out where we would go from Naxos was tough. We wanted to get to both Mykonos and Santorini but both were proving a) expensive to get to; b) expensive to stay in and c) in opposite directions from Naxos. In the end we chose to head to Mykonos from Naxos but only booked a hotel for two nights because it was too expensive to stay our usual 3 nights. We did manage to book an early ferry from Naxos to Mykonos though, which in the end, pretty much gave us two full days. We’ll then head straight for Santorini after Mykonos, but more on that in the next post.

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Europe Day 33 – 36: Paros

From Athens we started island hoping in the Cyclades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, southeast of Athens/mainland Greece. Our first stop was Paros, a small island, about four hours by slow boat from Athens.

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We’d say Paros is a good introduction to Greek island life and island hopping. It’s small, yet big enough to explore by scooter, atv, or buggy, you can eat great food for cheap, it has nice beaches, and it’s not horribly touristy.

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We caught a very early morning ferry from Athens which put us on to Paros pretty early in the day, giving us nearly three full days on the island. We stayed at Paros backpackers, a hostel just a stones throw away from the beach, and only a couples minutes walk from town and the port.

We spent our first day (the day we arrived to the island) relaxing at the beach and at the pool the hostel shared with its neighbouring hotel, and planning what we’d do for the next two days.

For our second day we rented a buggy and went to the town of Naoussa; a seaside town on the northeast side of the island; only a 20 minute drive from Paros. Renting a buggy wasn’t the greatest idea, in hindsight we should have just rented a quad or scooter. We rented through the hostel, so ended up with a sketchy, run down buggy that had no reverse and the hand brake didn’t work. Lesson learnt though – Don’t rent vehicles through your hostel. But in the end we managed to make it to Naoussa unscathed.

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Naoussa is such a picturesque little place and in our opinion better than the main town of Paros. It’s full of restaurants, bars, shops and fishing boats. We visited early in the day, so a lot of the restaurants and bars weren’t open and the town was quiet – just the way we like it. We walked around, taking photos, window shopping, wandering the stone streets, and just really enjoying the fact that we were in Greece.

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By mid afternoon I needed a coffee and we both needed food so we found a cafe with comfy couches on the water front, where we just chilled out for the afternoon, watching travellers meander around and locals go about their business.

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Our third and final day was spent wandering around the main town of Paros. We had breakfast at the cutest little place, in the more touristy area of Paros, overlooking the sea. This is where I had the best greek yogurt breakfast by far. It came with fresh fruit, walnuts and honey; I’m not sure what was different about that yogurt, and I’ve had the same thing in many places since, but it was SOOO good! The place was called Ballo Cafe, it’s a bit hidden but worth looking for.

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We spent the rest of the day wandering and getting lost down the narrow streets, eating gyros and tons of tzatziki, relaxing in cafes, watching the ferries come and go, planning out our route, choosing what island we would go to next and just taking in the island. We were so happy to finally be in the Greek islands.

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To us, Paros is quintessentially Greek … well, what we and I’m sure other travellers, think of as Greek. With white washed buildings, streets made of stone and outlined in white paint, narrow alleys with shops tucked into every corner, and greek taverns serving meals next to the sea. It was a great start to our Island Hopping part of this trip.

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Europe Day 30 – 33: Athens 

So, we’re starting our Greece travels here in Athens. We’re only here for a couple of days to organize our island hoping. That, and we couldn’t come to Greece and not come to Athens.

First thoughts: it was cheaper than I thought it was going to be. We managed to eat for around 15 euros a night on average. I was so excited for Greek food, you have no idea; Will on the other hand had never really had true Greek food, but quickly grew to love it just as much. You can eat so fresh in Greece, and OMG the tzatziki! So far Athens has actually been the cheapest in Greece for food (we’ve currently already hit 3 islands by the time you’re reading this.)

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We were in Athens 3 full days, the first day we arrived we were absolutely knackered from our 25 hour journey the day before, so we just took it easy, had a nap/siesta and then wandered the area we were staying in. The rest of the time we spent planning which islands we are going to visit and just exploring the city.

Oh yeah, and it was HOT in athens, like high 30’s almost 40. The day we went to the acropolis, was the hottest.

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{ Check out those sweat marks! }

We went to the acropolis on our third day in Athens. Naturally we woke up late (of course) so by the time we started walking up to it it was around 12pm and starting to hit the hottest part of the day. When we reach the ticket office the que was long but we waited anyway, about 30 minutes, which really wasn’t that bad. But when we got to the ticket desk the lady kindly informed us that the acropolis would be closing at 1 because of the heat wave (it was 12:30) and would reopen at 5. It was already 37 degrees! So after walking up there and all that sweating we returned to the hostel to wait until 5.

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Of course we ‘siesta’ed’ – we could really get used to this Greek time. What’s Greek time? For us it means having the morning to do stuff until about 2pm when a lot of places shut close for the afternoon (a lot of Europe calls this a Siesta, which is Spanish for taking a short nap), having lunch, retiring to the room or the pool or the beach depending on where we are, until about 6, then heading back out to see or do some more stuff and then having a late dinner while watching the sunset. Why the rest of the world hasn’t adopted Greek time, I have no idea but I have a feeling parts of the world might be a bit happier if they got to nap in the afternoons every day.

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Anyway around 5:30 we wandered back up to the acropolis. The damn thing was full of scaffolding! And according to my parents who were there in the 80’s and again a couple years ago, it had scaffolding in/around it every time/ has always had it. Luckily if you head to the opposites side of where you enter, there isn’t much and you can manage to get some good photos.

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We tried hanging around when it started to close, to get some good photos with no body in them. But once the clock turned 8pm they really usher you out of there, we really had no chance.

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We went over to Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill), about 2 minutes from the Acropolis; where we and plenty of others, sat and watched the sun go down over Athens.

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Around 6 seems to be a good time to visit the acropolis, it’s not crowded and you won’t wait in line long to get in.
Athens is a great teaser of what the rest of Greece is going to be like; hot, busy, a lot of old ruins and history, great food and wonderful views. But now we can’t wait to get to the islands and spend some much needed time on the beach.

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Europe : Day 27 – 30

We’re in Greece! EEK! We’re super stoked about it and can’t wait to hit the Islands. But boy was it hard to get here!

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We decided to head down to Greece when we were in Budapest but were humming and huh-ing about how to get here. After some researching and googling we were pretty frustrated, because as it turns out … it’s not that easy to get to Greece from Budapest for cheap.

In the end we decided to go through Romania then down into Bulgaria and then into Greece from there. But what we didn’t expect was that we’d do most of it within 24 hours.

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We got to Romania Friday and then left Sunday morning; like EARLY Sunday morning. Literally nothing was booked when we left the hostel at 5:30am that Sunday morning. All we knew was that we wanted to get a bus to Sofia, Bulgaria, catch a train to Thessaloniki, Greece, than catch another train to Athens.

So, we rocked up to the very quiet, very empty, coach station in Bucharest at about 6 am, half asleep, looking lost and wondering how we were supposed to buy our tickets. Luckily some man, who ended up being the bus driver, saw us and in broken English we managed to buy our way onto the bus. Although we’re pretty sure the guy just pocketed the money and let us on, because we didn’t get any tickets or proof of purchase.

Bucharest to Sofia by bus takes about 6.5 hours so we arrived around 1:00pm. As luck would have it the bus station and the train station are seconds from each other, so we only had to walk across the road to get to where we needed to be to catch the train.

We bought our tickets for the 3:00pm train to Athens, although it wasn’t a straight journey. The first leg was on a train from Sofia to a place called Kulata, a tiny tiny town on the Bulgarian side of the Greek border. The train was old, rusted, smelly, and covered with graffiti. It really looked like something you’d find abandoned on railroad tracks that are no longer in use.

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This part of the journey was the worst I think. During the entire 6 and a bit hour journey, the very, very hot sun was shining directly onto the side of the train where all of the seats were. There were no curtains, no air con, and the air that came in through the window was just as hot as the air in cabin. So for the time that we were on this train, we might as well have been in a sauna. Oh yeah, and we only brought one large bottle of water with us, because we’ve only ever needed one bottle on previous trains/buses, forgetting that those other journeys weren’t done in 40 degree heat.

Anyway, when we arrived to Kulata we had to get off the train and onto a bus that took us over the border. Once across the border and in Greece we were dropped at a small rural train station and told to wait. Luckily there were about 20 other people all on the same journey as us, other wise we would have been very skeptical of the whole experience.

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By this time we were drenched in sweat and now out of water. The train station we were at was just a small building and some train tracks that honestly didn’t look that used. Needless to say there was nowhere to buy water and as desperate as we were, we weren’t willing to drink the water out of the sketchy tap on the side of the building. By this time it was about 8pm but we still had another 10 hours on the train to go; we weren’t due into Athens until 6:00am.

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When the train finally arrived (nearly two hours late) we were happily surprised, the train was definitely an upgrade from the last one; comfy-ish seats and air con!

Now fast forward 10 hours and we safely arrived into Athens. It was about half past 6 in the morning when we got to the hostel;  once again, sweaty, half asleep and looking lost. We weren’t able to check in until 1pm so we found some couches and passed the fuck out. Fortunately we think the person working the desk felt bad for us because they let us into our room around 11.

And now here we are. Or rather there we were. By the time you’re reading this we’ll be on Paros, an island 4 hours south east of Athens by ferry.

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Total cost from Bucharest, Romania to Athens : € 88.00 Euro /  € 44.00 euros Each. 

Total time in transit : 25 hours 

 

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Friday Favourites 

1. Derby Chocolate Bars 

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Hands down the best chocolate we’ve ever found abroad. And we’ve just discovered today that there are different varieties!

 

2. Greek Yogurt Bar 

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Just like a frozen yogurt bar where you can choose your own toppings except with fresh, traditional Greek yogurt. I like mine with black cherry compote

 

3. The Acropolis 

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Another check off the Bucket List

 

4. Polar Steps App 

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This is the coolest app we’ve found in a long time. We heard about it from a guy we met in one of our hostels, and it’s proving quite useful. We like to keep track of our total amount of kms we’ve covered since we started travelling and this app can do it for you.

 

5. The food in Greece. 

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O.M.G. The tzatziki, the gyros, the fresh Greek salads, the souvlaki, we are in heaven!

Europe So Far: Days 1 – 27

As I am writing this we are on a night train to Bucharest, Romania. it’s late, we’re getting ready for bed and I am realizing how far behind on the blog I am. So let me catch you up on our trip. So far, we’ve covered 5 Countries, none of which we’ve gotten passport stamps for *sad face*, 7 Cities, and have been going 27 days.

Here’s a recap:

Paris

Berlin

Warsaw/Krakow

* Prague and Budapest Vlogs coming soon! *

Days 18 – 23 were spent in Prague, Czech Republic. First impressions? 1. Touristy. Very, very touristy. And 2. Lads holiday destination. With Prague’s nightlife rivaling places like Greece and England, hoards of freshly turned 18 year olds, stag do’s, or just groups of guys away for a lads weekend are starting to flock to Prague.

I started getting sick on our second day there and ended up with a nasty cold for the whole time. So needless to say we didn’t get to do everything on our list. But we did do a great Foodie walking tour of both the Old Town and the New Town. It was a great combo of learning about Prague and tasting their local cuisine.

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We also ‘Czech-ed‘ out Prague Castle/Cathedral, St. Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock (which was unfortunately under construction at the time), the Lennon Wall, the Dancing Houses and wandered around the Old Town.

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{ The view from the Starbucks at Prague Castle }

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{ Prague Cathedral }

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{ The Lennon Wall }

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{ Prague Castle and Cathedral, and St. Charles Bridge }

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{ On the right, a Trdelnik or Chimney Cake – Not the healthiest but definitely get one when in Prague (though they’re not a traditional dessert). }

Days 23 – 26 we were in Budapest. Budapest was beautiful, especially at night. We did mostly touristy things (unfortunately) while we were there. Visiting places like Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermans Bastion, the Parliament Building, and the Ruin Bars. We also did a party boat cruise on the Danube at night, and we’re not sure what was better, the unlimited booze, or the views.

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{ Parliament Building }

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{ Shoes on the Danube }

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{ The view from Buda Castle }

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{ Matthias Church }

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{ Fishermans Bastion }

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{ Szimple Kertmozi Ruin Bar }

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{ The Ruin Bars in Budapest are something else! You have to check them our for yourself! }

And now we are in Bucharest, Romania. The idea is to get to Athens, but it’s been very complicated trying to figure out how to get there without flying. Not that we have anything against flying, it’s just more expensive than the bus and sometimes the train. We were originally going to go into Croatia but somehow we’ve found ourselves headed for Romania.

The plan now, is to go from Bucharest down into Sofia in Bulgaria, from Sofia to Thessaloniki, which is north-east Greece, and then from there down into Athens; all by train but broken up over several different train journeys.

We want to get to Athens by the 10th as we’ve already booked a hostel because most places were already full, super expensive, or sketchy. Fingers crossed we make it without any hiccups.

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Friday Favourites

1. Seeing Afrojack for free in Warsaw

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This was absolutely pure luck. We happened to be in Warsaw for the first day of summer, which also happens to be a big thing in Poland/Europe, celebrating the first day of summer. Each place seems to celebrate with a small festival live music, food stalls, market stalls, and so on. Warsaw’s is called Wianki nad Wista and this year they had Afrojack as their closing performer. Check out our last Vlog to see some clips of the show.

2. Bors

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O.M.G seriously THE BEST sandwiches ever! Even possibly better the Fresh Foods (Wills all time favourite lunch spot), and that’s a very, very big statement coming from Will. Bors is probably one of the best places we’ve eaten ever! It’s not local food, it’s just a small shop with about four seats inside, they do baguette sandwiches, gourmet soups (Will had Thai pork and I had creamy cauliflower with vanilla bean), and salads. You have to some here if you’re ever in Budapest.

3. Szechenyi Bath in Budapest

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Surprisingly this was super relaxing. Szechenyi is the most famous bath in Budapest, it’s the one you’ve probably seen all the photos of. We saved it for our last day in Budapest and it was just what we needed. It had been so hot while we were there, and yes, I know what you might be thinking – why would we want to go get into a thermal pool when its 30 degrees outside? But they actually have pools with different temperatures, so we went and sat in the cool one. It was perfect.

4. Starring Places on Google Maps

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I don’t know why we’ve never thought of this before but one of our roommates from our last hostel showed us this. We always knew you could star places on Google Maps but we never thought of doing it as we go along in our travels. So now, whenever we go to a new place we star it. And if we find a place we want to go later on we flag it as a ‘Want To Go’, which then leaves a little green flag. It’s such a cool idea to track where you’ve been on your phone.

5. Cheap meals at Gospoda KoKo

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{ We were so excited to eat that we forgot to take a photo of the meal, but this is one of their windows. }

We always always love a bargain, so when the girl at our hostel in Krakow suggested this place as a good, cheap, locals place to eat, we immediately headed there. We were not disappointed. For 14 zlotys, which is equivalent to 3.30 euros or $4.85 CAN; you got to choose a soup, a main and either potatoes or fries, and then a side (options being a range of salads). And the portion sizes were large compared to how much we paid.

8 Unusual Things to do in Berlin

Berlin, a city perfect for anyone not wanting to be part of the norm.

We’re always on the look out for unique things to do. We like to be travellers, not tourists; although in some places that line can definitely get blurred, but that just comes with the nature of some places.

Even though we didn’t get to everything on this list, we definitely would have if we had had more time or had we heard about them before leaving Berlin.

1. Park Templehof

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{ Photo Credit: GrunBerlin }

This park was once a busy airport, but after being closed it’s now been turned into a park for the public with the Tarmac and runways still in tact.

2. Hotrod City Tour

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{ Apologies for photo quality, we took a still from one of our videos. }

Want a different way of exploring the city? Why not explore it in a tiny hot rod? What other city have you had this option?

3. Badeschiff

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{ Photo Credit: awol.junkee.com }

What other city can you swim in a barge hull turned pool that’s floating in a river? Did we mention that the river bank is a beach where you can relax on the sand? We think that’s definitely worth checking out on a hot summers day.

4. Abandoned Radomes

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This abandoned cold war spy station was high on our list of things to do in Berlin. But after finding out that once you get to Teufelsberg it’s a 30 minute hike to the Radomes, we decided to save it for another time. Normally, we’d never shy away from such a short hike but with Will still recovering from his knee surgery we decided putting his knee under that stress probably wasn’t for the best. We’ve still got a long road ahead of us after all.

5. Hipster Escape Room

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Yes, we’re being completely serious. Hipster Escape Party challenges you to escape from a Hipster Apartment in under 60 minutes. Can you do it?

6. Dine in the Dark

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If you’re looking for a unique date night, look no further. Unsicht Bar, is the perfect place to get out of your comfort zone. After choosing between chicken, beef, fish or vegetarian, you are escorted into the pitch black dining room by your blind or visually impaired waiter. Seriously, it’s so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face the whole time. You have no idea what you are getting on your plate (other than what main you chose) until you taste it. It’s not until you finish your meal and leave the dining room that you can read what you’ve actually eaten. Trying to navigate your plate with a knife and fork is definitely a challenge, at one point Will even stuck a carrot up his nose! I think we must have been the loudest ones in there because we could not stop laughing.

7. Karaoke in Mauerpark on a Sunday

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If you really want to see what the locals get up to on a Sunday afternoon, head over to Mauerpark. Along with a flea market and food stalls, there is an amphitheater (of sorts) where they seem to set up Karaoke/open mic. We are at a loss for words at how to describe it, it was just … awesome. Definitely check it out for yourself.

8. Create Your Own Custom Ritter Sport Chocolate Bar

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We didn’t find out about this until after we left Berlin, otherwise we would have been all up in it. Ritter Sport with corn flakes is actually one of my favourite chocolates but rarely get it because of how expensive it is. But I definitely would have coughed up some euros to make my own bar of chocolatey goodness. It would have been full of cornflakes, rice crispies and probably some sort of peanut butter.  What would you put in yours?

 

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 Know of anything else To Do in Berlin that is out of the ordinary? Comment below, we’d love to add it to our list for next time!

Friday Favourites

So this week we went to Berlin! We were there for 5 days after leaving Frankfurt. We got up to quite a lot which you can see if you watch our Berlin Vlog coming soon on our YouTube channel. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our 5 favourite things this week.

1. Orange flavoured Cola

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There are multiple brands to choose from, but they all taste relatively just as delicious as the next. I just happened to stumble across this marvellous drink, Bry and I had actually just been to MauerPark, we’d been walking around a lot, taking in the delights that Sunday afternoon Berlin has to offer. On the way home, we were both quite parched, so we stopped off in a local späti to get a cold drink. Now when it comes to picking non alcoholic drinks, generally I’m quite picky. I like the idea of drinking all kinds of flavours but most of the time I don’t really want anything fizzy. Which narrows it down considerably, so I end up just getting a fizzy drink. I saw this ‘Afri-Cola’ sat next to the infamous red can cola and thought, “I’ll give the unknown guy a try” because I like saving the world, small decisions at a time. IT’S SO GOOD! I’m not really sure what other flavour is in it, whether it’s lemony or an orange taste, but it’s beautifully refreshing. There are a few other ‘orange-cola’ flavoured drinks in Germany, that we’ve come across. It seems a strange concept but it really isn’t. Well worth a try next time you visit.

2. Dine in The Dark @ Unsicht-Bar Berlin

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Hidden away from the main road, with just a small sign advertising its location, is a very interesting food experience. Dining in the dark if you’ve never tried it, which we hadn’t until this week, is a very surreal experience. You take for granted being able to see absolutely everything from getting sat down at your table to actually being able to pick up your food and get it in your mouth! Needless to say, we had a lot of fun here, laughing at me accidentally sticking a carrot in my nose, feeling around our plates with our fingers, and using our taste buds to try and figure out what we were eating because you don’t find out until after. You choose the theme of your dishes, so fish/beef/poultry or vegetarian, and the menu says stuff like “Ashamed the fine lady is covered with golden cloth, admired by devotees from around the world” (Main course beef), it really is like food roulette. It was a great Date Night and unique experience. We highly recommend trying it at least once.

3. Berlin Wall Panorama Exhibit by Asisi 

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At first we hummed and hawed about whether or no to pay to go in (we’re very stingy with what we spend money on) but in the end decided to do it and we’re so glad we did. It is one thing to visit parts of The Wall still left standing, but to actually try and imagine what it would have been like when the Wall was a functioning barrier between east and west is nearly impossible. But that is what Asisi’s exhibit tries to do. The main part of the exhibit is a 360 degree, life size, panorama photo of what it would have looked like to stand on a couple meter high platform and peer over the wall, looking from West (Freedom) to East (Communism). People died trying to get over the Wall and here we are, going from East to West by simply crossing a street.

4. Breakfast at Cafe Godot

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This was probably one of the best breakfasts we’ve had, or at least it’s definitely up there on the list. It was a simple European breakfast but just really well done. We chose two different options, I got one with cold cut meats, cheese, fruit and a basket of two bread buns and a croissant and Bry got a smaller breakfast of two croissants, fresh fruits and jams. What really did it for us though was the fact that the croissants came out warm and were most likely baked fresh minutes before.

5. Mauerpark

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The best way to describe Mauerpark is it is the epitome of Berlin. Everything that is Berlin in one spot; a park full of diverse, alternative, like minded people, all enjoying different things. Sundays is the best time to go, locals flock to the park to enjoy buskers, the sunshine and the flee market. If you want to see what local life is like, this is the place to experience it. It’s amazing!