Amsterdam to London | 18th July 2013
Waking up on this morning was pretty hard. Not only because most of the group had partied a little too hard the night before, but also because some of the group was leaving to go home. At breakfast there were some tired faces and then as we said goodbye to some of the early leavers tears started to roll down. For those who were heading back to London, all of our bags were loaded onto the coach for the last time. We said goodbye to the ones being left behind to catch their flights back home, and we waved good bye from our seats.
The drive to the ferry port was very quite and most of us caught up on misplaced sleep. The coach was so empty that everyone pretty much got their own double seat. Once we got back onto the ferry in France we were onto London. Since leaving the UK, we had no idea that there was actually a heat wave that had taken over so we were all pretty surprised to arrive back to sunny weather and shirtless pale men.
When we got back to the royal national we unloaded our VERY heavy bags from our 33 day trip and headed to the check in desk. I got put into a room with another contiki traveller who was leaving the next day, early I the morning. She was really nice but the room we stayed in was not the best. I think I said this before but the Royal national is made for those who want to travel on a budget. Its pretty clean but you will not get the best sleep or air conditioning in the middle of a heat wave.
After I got settled, I headed down to the lobby to meet up with some of the girls to grab dinner at the nearby shopping complex. We were all pretty much craving Japanese food because we had not gotten anything Asian for a month. The food was great and the company was even better. We also planned out some activities for the days ahead so we could explore London together. Back at the hotel, we had a little get together at the pub to talk about all the funny memories we had on tour and just chill for the night until it was time to sleep. Xx
33 Amazing days with my Contiki Family <3 CONTIKI AND SHIT FOREVER! x
Amsterdam | 17th July 2013
This was our very last full day as a Contiki group. Waking up this morning we were all pretty sad that this was our last outing on the tour but we all set that aside at breakfast to “gear” up for what was going to be a very memorable day/night!
The first thing on our day plan was a visit to the place where cheese is M-A-D-E backwards! In case you didn’t catch that sly joke, the place we went to was EDAM which is MADE spelt backwards. Lots of us didn’t get it the first time Lee said it but when we eventually did we all burst out laughing. Here we all took a lovely stroll through the countryside, which was a very big change from the city sites. There was so much greenery (not the kind you light up!) and the canals and streets were just so much more different to what we saw the day before.
After our walk we came to “Dijk a Bike” to hire some bikes for the morning as an optional activity. We all filed into the place and then came out with a bike each. We were all so excited to explore the area and the guy who was our bike guide was pretty cool too. We rode around in circles for a bit near our starting point then we got to go around the village. We stopped a few times to check out some of the cute spots in town and took some awesome pictures with our bikes. I actually almost fell off mine trying to take a selfie (standard Erika!). I also noticed that our bike guide was wearing clogs the whole time and definitely fulfilled the Dutch stereotype! Our last pit stop on our bike tour was at a traditional Dutch windmill. We all took our pictures and got our very last group shots in front of the windmill including a jump shot that seemed to be a running theme with us. Then it was time to head back to the bike place and back onto the coach.
Next up was our free time in town. We all pretty much split up during this time of the day because we all wanted to check out different stuff. Most of us opted for the Anne Frank House, while others went to NEMO the science museum or went to check out the Heineken Brewery. The Line for the Anne Frank house looked extra super long so some of the group was turned off by the wait, but some of us stuck it out and it only took about 1.5 hours to get in. I suggest of you’re going to want to visit it, ask your Tour Manager what time you will be getting into the city so you can plan out your day and see if you will be up for the wait. I personally don’t regret waiting in that long line because it was such an experience to go and see what happened in that house and put the story to an actual physical setting.
After that we split up again to do more exploring of our own. Sara, Leah and I walked around for the rest of our time in the city until we had to meet up with the others and Patrice at the coach.
When everyone got back to the pick up spot we all headed back to our accommodation to get ready for our very last dinner together. Everyone got pretty dressed up for tonight and as we made our way to the restaurant we sang our day song and took videos to remember our last coach ride as an entire group. Dinner was really nice, although I don’t quite remember what we ate! Patrice and Lee gave heart felt speeches and recaps of our time together which made most of us tear up.
The next thing we did on our last night was a canal cruise. This was an optional activity as well, which wasn’t the best but I wouldn’t miss it at all because the group time makes it so much better. On this cruise you get some shots and other drinks while you spend time with your Contiki family. This was also the time we found out who had taken some interesting stuff before the party started!
The final part of our night in Amsterdam consisted of partying at a club and some karaoke at the Bulldog. Let’s just say that the karaoke was full of laughter and smells while the club was full of dancing and hugs. It was an awesome night that I’m sure none of us will want to forget and probably never will! Xx
St. Goar & Rhine Valley to Amsterdam | 16th July 2013
We were off to our last stop of the tour, after breakfast we all packed our bags and put then on the coach then we were off to Amsterdam. Our first stop in Amsterdam was a cheese and clogs place where we watched a man demonstrate how Dutch clogs were made then got to do some shopping. Everyone was playing around with the giant clogs and taking photos of the wacky designs. Then we got to try some traditional smoked cheeses! They were really tasty so I got two cheese sticks to bring home and I also bought clog slippers.
After that we got back onto the coach to go to the hotel and get ready for our walking tour of Amsterdam. This hotel was pretty far out from the city and was in the middle of farmland. It smelt like cow poop and grass everywhere so we kept the doors and windows shut. Most of the group was going to watch a show that night but Sarah and I decided to just explore the city centre instead. First up Lee took us around showing us the red light district which wasn’t that busy because it was a Tuesday and e even went down the lane where “big girls” windows were. After that we just went to a bar to chill until we all split off to look around.
When the others were at their sex show, Sarah and I just walked around looking at all the bong shops and the other funny hops around. Then we went to this random dessert restaurant in the middle of the main strip and had some waffles and chocolate covered popcorn. We were a bit skeptical at first to eat there because we thought the food had something “special” in it but It was all good because there were kids eating there too. At least we hoped it was hahaha! I bought a beanie that said Amsterdam and also got some socks with “leaves” on them. After that we met up with the rest of the group. Some decided to stay and go to the coffee shops and have some extra fun while others just opted to go back to the hotel and eat. It was a quiet night in for most of us until everyone else got back hahaha. Xx
Lucerne to St. Goar & Rhine Valley | 15th July 2013
Our drive to the Rhine valley was not long, first we had some breakfast then lugged our bags back across the bridge to the coach. The scenery was all green and we some castles along the way which was cool.
When we got to St. Goar we dropped our stuff off at the small hotel, which was nice because there was a bar underneath. Then after we got settled we hopped onto a boat for our included river cruise. It was nice to see the town along the river and we even saw “Lorelei” the mythical story of a woman who leads sailors to a dangerous part of the river because she had supposedly been left heartbroken by one. The rest of the river cruise was nice and we took lots of pictures then got aff after about one and a half hours. Next up was the clock and beer stein shop. I just bought a mini beer stein that had Munich on it while others bought bigger ones and there was even a contiki themed on which was cool!
After shopping we all just hung out at the bar, some of the others went on an optional activity to do wine tasting in an underground cellar. I’m not a big fan of wine so I skipped this one. The others said it was pretty good though! When everyone was back we all played fun drinking games. One of them involved us all taking a shot out of a small bottle then we kept the caps and tried to get them into a bird house! I don’t remember who got them in but I’m sure someone did!
Lots of the others stayed up for while a while but the rest of us just slept to try and get better. xx
Lucerne | 14th July 2013
Today was our full day in Lucerne and it was a tough morning for most of us. We all dragged ourselves down to eat breakfast which was so much better than the dinner selection. After breaky we all got ready to explore the city!
First off was a little walk around where we saw the chapel bridge which is an old bridge that used to have a chapel annexed to it. The chapel part was mostly used as a jail (ironic) so the name confused us. It was so pretty because it had flowers planted on the sides of the bridge itself and there were lots of different pops of colour. The bridge was really long too so we just strolled along taking photos. Then we walked to a monument dedicated to fallen soldiers of the war. It was a giant lion carved into the rock face clutching a shield and it had some inscription above it. Lee also told us there was a hidden thing around the lion, and he told us it was a pig that represented some other country or something like that because they did something that wasn’t in favor of the Swiss. But I’m not entirely sure about that.
Next up we went to a Swiss watch shop. I was thinking of getting a Swiss watch or Swiss army knife which were sold there too but I didn’t think id use it and I have lots of watched at home so I just had a look around. A couple shops down there was also a small chocolate shop so I ducked in there with some of the other chocoholics and bought some goodies!
After everyone bought some gifts and souvenirs it was time for lunch at a traditional Swiss fondue restaurant. This was an optional activity that was a little expensive and I did not enjoy the food at all. I think we were all expecting there to be both cheese fondue but also chocolate fondue at this restaurant but we were disappointed when it was just cheese. It’s not to everyone’s tate and I was one of those people. I just ate bread and the other small meal they provided after the fondue. The desert was quite nice though, it was an ice cream cake with the Swiss flag on it. But the only thing that made this activity a bit better was the entertainment. There was yodeling, dancing and random instruments and flag dances. Lot’s of people got up to join in and Kev was the funniest because the lady told him to say “yodel –ay –he- hoo!” and instead Kev went, “You’re- a – dirty – hoe!” she didn’t notice and neither did a lot of us until someone pointed it out then we were all hysterically laughing. Good times, good times! Also a random person in a cow costume made its way around and “licked” people with its unusually long tongue.
We had some free time after lunch to look around a bit more before we went on our other optional activity, the river cruise. Dani and I saw a macaron shop out of the corner of your eyes and sprinted to buy some before we went to the wharf. I got four mini macarons which were delicious! The cruise was nice and relaxing and I would recommend doing it because the view from the river is great and you see other parts of Lucerne that you wouldn’t have known about before. We even spotted a beach and some of the girls planned to go there after the cruise! I on the other hand was not feeling to great so I just strolled around with some of the others on our way back to the area where our hotel was. We stopped at an amazing sweet shop and some people bought more chocolates and toffee! I was going to buy some but stupidly decided not to. Next time I will stock up on swiss chocolates for sure! We also went to have something to eat and drink at a small café before heading back to the hotel.
Since we weren’t too fond of the food at the jail hotel and also since it was Bec’s birthday we all got ready for a nice night out at a restaurant. We walked around for quite a while and when we decided to eat somewhere the guy got the tables ready for our massive group and made a really long train of tables and chairs! But then he said that the chef wanted us to get a set menu because there were so many of us so people wanted to leave because it wasn’t convenient for what they wanted to eat. In the end it all worked out and we just waited a little extra for our food. It was pretty good too and the scenery was great as well.
After dinner we all just strolled around, some went out to drink but most of us just went back to the hotel to use the wifi and sleep. Xx
Munich to Lucerne | 13th July 2013
Leaving Germany today and moving onto Switzerland, we had a pretty short drive compared to other days but we passed through Lichtenstein which was pretty random but cool at the same time. We had a small breakfast then got on the coach and made our way to Lichtenstein to have lunch. It was a really nice and sunny day so we all sat outside and had our chicken schnitzel sandwiches at a small café that was just under the cliff where the royal family’s 12th century palace was. We didn’t have time to see it though but we saw a mini model of it on the ground.
Back on the coach we just had a lazy lounge around but we had all had a lot to drink and didn’t stop for a while so I swear almost everyone needed the toilet! It was so annoying because there is a toilet on the bus but we try not to use it because it gets full and really stinky fast! This was probably one of the most problematic things on tour because I drink a lot of water and tea in the morning especially when im sick and then I need to go to the bathroom but when we are driving we have set times to stop at services. This is probably TMI but people be wary of how much you drink and how long the drive is going to be! Hahaha!
Up next was our Mt. Pilatus mountain optional activity. I wasn’t going to do this originally when I first started the tour but I just did and it was pretty cool actually! It wasn’t snowing so we didn’t get to have snow fights but it was still pretty cold up there so we all put on jumpers and jackets to keep warm. First we took a cable car to the top of the mountain where the tourist centre was then made our way up the steps the higher peaks of the mountain. The view was amazing and we all took fun photos. Jess, Sara and I started taking jumping shots with the city of Lucerne behind us and it was so much fun that the other jess and some of the other guys did the same. We have great memories of that time because we jumped for so many photos trying the get us all in the air. After that we all headed back down on the cable cars again ready to go to our accommodation for the night.
Lucerne was so pretty and there were so many old style buildings and monuments al around. We had to lug our suitcases across a bridge but it was so nice that I didn’t really mind. But once we got the place we were staying at for the next two nights a lot of us were not impressed. I had forgotten that our accommodation in Lucerne was going to be in an old jail which has been turned into a hotel. To tell you the truth it was more like a hostel. This may seem like im complaining but a lot of us paid quite a lot of money to stay in HOTELS. But this was no where near the other ones we stayed at. We had been told it wasn’t the best because Lucerne is very expensive but I know for a fact that there are other places that are probably a bit more expensive or even the same that would have been better than this place. Jess and I were so creeped out by the place because the place was dark and the lights only came on once you started walking in the middle of the hallway. Let’s just say she wasn’t having the best birthday in this sad excuse of a hotel. We even thought about finding another place to stay because it was just not what we had expected at all for this type of tour. The rooms had bunk beds but ours had one single and a bunk bed so I told Jess to sleep on the single one to have a little “luxury” on her birthday. I felt so bad that she was spending in a jail cell that was so small it didn’t even allow us to open our suitcases at the same time and the bathrooms was the size of a single toilet cubicle.
I was thinking of staying in that night to rest up because my cough had gotten worse and every time I inhaled or coughed my chest would hurt and there was a harp pain on the left side of my ribs. But seeing the jail hotel I decided to go out on the pub-crawl with everyone and help Jess celebrate. We got ready taking turns opening our suitcases and getting dressed then met up with everyone outside in the street to get picked up by the guy running the pub-crawl.
The first place we went to was pretty chill there were a few local people there and we got some welcome shots which was a bonus. We didn’t stay there for too long but while we were there we made us of the free wifi so message family and friends back home. We also had the chance to withdraw francs form the ATM and someone on my tour did something so freaking hilarious! She accidentally withdrew 1000 Francs instead of 100 and we all laughed because it was so random that she pressed the wrong button. There was a long line of us waiting to use the ATM but we made the waiting game fun by taking silly photos and people watched.
The next place we went to was probably my favourite. As we were walking over there we were pretty loud and rowdy so the guy leading us told us to be quiet or else get arrested and have no fun! People did settle down but it didn’t last long but luckily we were almost at the bar club thingy. It was so cool here, there were three or four levels and the drinks were really good but kind of pricey compared to other countries. We got our welcome shots which tasted like water melon and peach then I went with Jess to grab a cocktail. We got Sex on the beaches and it came in a giant cup (like the ones slurpees/slushies come in) and he even put some orchid flowers in it! It was so pretty and tasted so darn good! There was quite a bit of alcohol in it too so I guess it was worth the 12 Francs we paid right? Hahaha! We did some dancing and took some great and freaking hilarious photos at this place and it was such atmosphere. I was feeling a lot better because I was having fun and the alcohol reduced my cough a little bit. We stayed here quite a bit of time until we were off to another place.The last club we went to wasn’t as good and we all wish we had stayed at the previous bar/club. I think the last club was called Pravda or something like that but it was your typical club with coloured lights, dancers and of course a group of crazy people. The drinks were not nice at all and dani and I shared one but didn’t even finish it because it was that yuck. There was a group of cute guys there which made it better though! They were very sweet and danced with a group of us but I was feeling pretty light headed and the cough was coming back even worse than before so I left quite early with some of the girls to go back to the hotel. I gave one of the guys a kiss and went up to the entrance of the club with the other girls. We took taxis but we later found out that you could just walk back to the hotel in less than 15 minutes! But I think it was better for us to get in taxis to be safer and because we were all quite tipsy or… drunk.
Once we got to the hotel a couple of the others were there and told us they had just eaten McDonald’s for a late night feed. The girls and I looked at each other then headed straight back to the taxi, which was a waste in the first place because the McDonald’s was right around the corner form the club! Oh well! There were so many people there and the line was horrendously long but we were all craving it so we waited and then ordered a mad amount of food. It was so good to eat because we didn’t have a good dinner to start off with at the jail so we gorged ourselves into food comas! Don’t go to drinking without eating first kids! Or else you will need to find a fast food place to get your fix!
After our amazing binge, we headed back to the hotel to sleep off our food comas and tipsy drinking days. We all pretty much stumbled through the hallways and I just plumped myself on the bed and got changed then once my head hit that pillow I was out. But I did wake up when I heard a weird sound coming form the font of my door and I got scared so I sat up then realized it was Bec! I put my head back on the pillow but then wondered why she was in my room and using the toilet when her room was right next door. Then she asks me “Erika! Do you remember where my room is?!”, I tried so hard to keep my eyes open but I couldn’t so I just pointed in the direction I thought was right and hoped that she would make it there without hurting herself. She then went on her way out of my room, but all of a sudden I heard a massive thump because she had fallen over in the hallway but I couldn’t even get myself out of bed to help her so I just chuckled then fell back asleep! I’m such a good friend! Hahahah! This night was a great night out and I’m glad I went instead of stayed in the creep jail cell! xx
jumping for joy in Switzerland
We’re all so happy hahaha
Vienna to Munich | 12th July 2013
On our way to Germany we were going to stop at a prisoner of war concentration camp used by the Nazis during WWII. We all know this was going to be a somber experience and that we were going there to respect and acknowledge what had happened. As we were driving to go to Mathausen concentration camp we watched a movie that explained all the terrible things that happened to those that were held there. It was quite confronting at times but you got to really know how horrible it was. Truthfully I wasn’t feeling all that up for visiting such a place with a dark history but the group made it a little better because we were all respectful of what the place was and of each other’s personal feelings.
The camp has turned into sort of a museum and also has many statues that represent different countries. Lee also told us to take a pebble or small stone from there and keep it to remind us of the hard times others have gone through and that we are so lucky to experience the good things in life. It was such a nice thing to do and reflect on and I still have that small pebble with my other souvenirs from my trip.
After that we got back onto the coach and headed to Munich. On the way we stopped at services at a restaurant that was really cool and called rosenberg or something like that. The food was really good, but i can’t remember what i ordered. There was a large selection though! then after eating you bring your card to the register which was at the end of the giftshop type thing. i couldn’t help myself an bought some sweets that i hadn’t had since i was little then paid for everything. Turns out that the other contiki group we saw in Spain had been trailing alone the same route as us at the same time so we bumped into them again! but they were doing a different kind of tour so they didn’t stay at hotels like us.
The hotel we stayed at was pretty new and very modern! This wasn’t such a good thing though because the bathrooms had no doors! Jess and I were a bit confused so we just closed our eyes when either of us were taking a shower. Also the hotel had wifi but the price was outrageous, we usually expected to pay about 2 Euros or so for 24 hours if we did have to pay for the wifi (most of the hotels at the tail end of the tour had paid wifi at hotels) but at this one it was 5 Euros for 30 minutes! When we all heard this in the lobby we were all so shocked by the high price and the receptionist scoffed and laughed at our disbelief. Seriously I know that a trip to Europe is so amazing and that wifi shouldn’t be important but with most of us being away from family for almost a month we scrambled to find wifi anywhere and to get to a hotel that we paid pretty good money for it makes us pay that much for such a short amount of time we were just so over it.
Anyways, after getting all our stuff settled in our rooms we got ready for some time in Munich. First stop was to see the river surfers who just used a river with a strong current to catch some waves. This was pretty cool actually because since they aren’t near the beach or ocean they made use of what they had int he city. A lot of them were really good too and lots of them were ute which was an added bonus! There were lots of people watching and we just took pictures and videos as we looked on.
Next we went to see the Glockenspiel, which is the most overrated tourist attraction ever. Lee even said that it wasn’t worth our time so we just looked at it for about 30 seconds then moved on to see the beer hall where we would be eating. But some of us weren’t that hungry yet so we went shopping!
There were a lot of our favorite shops on one strip so we were all excited. I ended up buying quite a bit of stuff for really great prices. The other girls got some cute stuff too! There was also a famous pretzel shop nearby so I bought a cheese and chives one and it tasted so darn good I am actually missing that delicious thing! The funniest and weirdest thing also happened as the girls and I were walking towards the beer hall. A group of guys probably our age or even a bit younger gathered around us as we were walking then all of a sudden on of them stepped out right in front of me as I was walking then blocked me from moving past him. I got startled and was just standing there looking so confused and then looked at the other girls whose faces were priceless because we were all like WTF?! So I just tried to walk around the guy but just as I stepped away he just looked at me up and down and stroked his chin and smiled. SO FREAKING WEIRD!! Not only that he started to follow us down the street so we picked up the pace and just laughed it off! This became a running joke with the girls and I for the rest of the tour because every time we would see someone hot or someone was looking at us we’d just act like the guy that stood in front of me then just laugh.
After that weird moment we made it to the beer hall! It was actually a lot bigger than I expected and there were so many people sitting at long wooden tables with beer steins and just having a great time. We sat with some of the others from the group and I ordered a Radler stein, which is lemonade or sprite mixed with beer because I’m not a big fan of beer but I wanted to do it in Germany. I also got a pork schnitzel dish to eat for dinner. The food took so long to come out because it was so busy but Adam had been waiting for over an hour and wasn’t too pleased because this was the second time his food hadn’t come at all. Finally we all for our beer steins and took our funny photos. Jess and I were having a competition to see who could drink the most but we didn’t even finish it. It was so hard and it made me so full before I even got my food so I hardly even touched my plate. Holly on the other hand is a beer pro and finished hers in no time! I tried to hard to drink at least half of the stein’s contents but im really not a big drinker and my small frame doesn’t help either hahaha. I ended up only drinking about one quarter of it, which is a “poor effort” as said by Holly.
After that we just chilled and walked around the beer hall looking for the others on our tour but someone told us they all went to a hookah/shisha place down the road so we just went there. It took us a while to find them because the streets were al windy and the place we wanted to go to was hidden behind another big shop next to it. Once we finally got there everyone had pretty much finished so we just sat there until everyone wanted to go to the meeting place to get the coach back to the hotel.
It was Jess’ birthday the next day so I left the door of our room slightly open so that Kahlia and Amber would be able to get in and decorate the room with some things they bought in Vienna. They blew up heaps of balloons and hung a birthday banner across the wall. I was suppose to help but since I was still pretty sick I took some medicine that helped me sleep a bit better and unfortunately didn’t wake up a they were doing their decorating! Jess was really surprised the next morning though and I took photos of her and her bday decors. xx
Vienna | 11th July 2013
It was our full day in Vienna today and it was packed with activities and things to see. We had a mini buffet breakfast at the pyramid hotel which was nice then got ready for the day ahead. First stop was the city centre where we went on a little tour of the historical landmarks and explored the hustle and bustle of Vienna.
We saw different monuments relating to the second world war which was really cool and we even saw some of the white Austrian show horses walking through the street. After our little tour it was time to visit the Swarovski store. To tell you the truth this was pretty much a waste of time because you just go there to get a talk about all the stuff Swarovski makes then you go to the other levels to buy whatever they are selling. I like Swarovski but I wasn’t interested in anything they had even if we got given complimentary cards that gave us a gift with purchase.
It was time to do some serious shopping! I was suppose to go with some of he girls but they wanted to go to different shops so I was pretty much left alone at this point. It didn’t bother me because I went in and out of shops I really wanted to go to without having to wait or have people wait for me. I bought some really cute stuff from Zara which was an outlet store there and H&M as well. The others told me that there was a bigger zara down the main shopping street but I didn’t get that far because I felt like I was going to get lost and since I was on my own I just stayed in the main area. I walked around for quite a bit until I ran into Bec, then we went to get some food. Lee had told us about this “heart attack hotdog” and I really wanted to try it but I felt like I would not feel too pleasant if I ate it while being sick so I just got a small sandwich and fruit salad cup. Bec also wanted to try a famous chocolate cake at a café but I can’t remember what it was called. It was really rich but we couldn’t finish it so we just ate as much as we could then went to find the others who were supposedly going to an Australian sports bar. We didn’t end up seeing anyone there so Bec and I just decided to do a bit more shopping and we got some really cute stuff!
As it was getting towards the time we were meant to meet at the coach we tried to maneuver our way through the streets of Vienna using a good old map. I had become a pro at reading the ancient directory tool and we were probably the first ones there! Some of the others had gone to the natural history museum which was just next to where we were meeting at the coach so people started coming at around the same time to show off what they had bought and talked about the food they ate.
We got back onto the coach and headed to another part of the town to visit a schnapps museum! We got a tour of the place and after that we got to taste some of the schnapps! I tried the caramel one as well as a strawberry flavoured one. There was one that was called the rocket or something like that which they said would give you a massive kick and burn so of course the guys tried that one. After tasting some of the others bought bottles of their favourites and they also had funny t-shirts there too.
By the time we got back onto the coach I wasn’t feeling to good and had a little sob as we were driving to an Austrian palace. It was really nice and pretty but i was not up for anything massive so I just pulled my self along with the others. Back at the hotel everyone was getting ready for the Mozart dinner and the amusement park activities. I started to get ready as well but about an hour or two before we were suppose to leave I felt super light headed and started to get a high fever and chills so I decided to stay at the hotel and rest instead. I felt annoyed that I still had this stupid sickness even almost a week and a half after getting initial symptoms. I really wanted to go to the doctor too but you’ll soon find out that its hard to get any medical attention when on tour because you’re constantly moving and the hotels aren’t near doctors or pharmacies. I just had dinner at the hotel then slumped my way back to the room to sleep it off.
Zadar to Vienna | 10th July 2013
Today we were leaving Croatia and going to Vienna, Austria! I don’t remember that much of the drive there again probably because I was asleep for most of it. But we passed Slovenia on the way there.
Once we got to Vienna you could tell that we were in a different country because of the environment and even the buildings. The architecture was so far form what we had seen in Croatia so it was a big change of scenery.
We got to the hotel in the afternoon and some of the others even squeezed in a little swim! But I was still feeling poorly so I just went to the room to fix my suitcase and other things. The room was so weird it had old style floral wall papers and of course the aircon wasn’t working in this room either!! On the plus side the bathroom was nice so we got to have nice warm showers. The hotel it self was massive and it had a part that was a shape of a pyramid which is probably why its called the pyramide hotel!
For dinner we all walked across the road from the hotel to a shopping centre. We all got different food but we were sitting close to each other at different restaurants. I got Mexican and it was nice but spicy so I didn’t finish it. The others got Japanese food. After eating we all head to the pool/billards place on the top level of the shoping centre and just hung out with everyone. After a while the smoke was getting to me and some of the others so we walked back to the hotel. It was really dark by that point and we were all girls so we were all paying extra close attention to where we were and who was around us. Sam was holding a glass bottle and made a joke that if anyone was to confront us she’d take care of them! Just our luck as we were about to get to the hotel driveway a couple of drunkies were being a nuisance but we paid no attention to them and made it to the hotel in one piece!
As per usual I just talked with some of the girls before heading to bed to rest up. xx
Standard Wifi club in the lobby
Dubrovnik to Zadar | 9th July 2013
We were saying goodbye to beautiful Dubrovnik and making our way through Croatia to zadar via Split. I had never heard of these places but Lee assured us that we were in for a beautiful day. We drove along the Dalmatian coast which was amazing! At around lunch time we stopped at split and wandered around the seaside town which was very similar to Dubrovnik in that it had medieval castles and walls. It was actually the site of Diocletian’s palace and there was a miniature model of what it used to look like.
We all had lunch in the area and I posted for the black risotto this time and it was scrumptious! Glad I got to have it before I left Croatia. Lee had also told us about an amazing smoothie/juice place near where we were all meeting but our food took a while to get to us so we missed out. The others who got the chance to grab some said they were super delicious and tasted refreshing.
It was then time for us to drive to Zadar to stay there for the night. This hotel was definitely a budget one because it was nowhere near as nice as some of the others we had stayed at. But I think before we checked into that place, we had a little tour of Zadar. Again the town was very much like the other two Croatian cities we had visited. But here there was an awesome manmade musical instrument that worked with the ocean to create such a lovey sound. It was called the sea organ and it worked its magic as the waves washed up into it and it produced whistle like sounds. I have a recording of it on my phone and I’ll post it on here soon. There were also mini market stalls around so we just looked at what we could buy. I just got another little bracelet which seems to have gone missing now.
Back at the hotel most o us just used the wifi and had dinner, then some of the girls found out that there was a Zara near by and organised some taxis. They really wanted me to go but I stayed strong and said no so that I could save my money for shopping in London. Turns out the zara they found was an outlet and was massive, so I missed out! If I could go back I would change my mind and go with them! You’ve probably noticed that myself and the other girls on my tour are total shopaholics and love Zara!
Anyways this night was pretty hard for me because the aircon in our room wasn’t working properly and im pretty sure I had a high fever so I was not comfortable at all and my head felt to heavy because i was so sick. I did get some sleep but it was not the best and it was also because the beds in this hotel were not good and I got bitten by something so half of my body was covered in small red bumps.
All in all Croatia was a beautiful place that I am sure to visit again someday, hopefully to do a bigger exploration of the islands and just see what else is out there! xx
Dubrovnik | 8th July 2013
Goodmorning Dubrovnik! This place is crazy beautiful and is definitely nice to wake up in. Today was a jam packed day but first breakfast! This hotel was seriously the bomb, not only was the view and room amazing but the food was delicious and it was a mini buffet. After stuffing my face I was feeling a lot better today but still quite sick.
Today we headed into the old town to get a guided tour of the medival style castle walls and take a peek into what Dubrovnik looked like many years ago. This tour was really good but it was hot so our attention spans were short and most of us strayed away towards the end of the tour. After, we all headed our separate ways to explore. Some went up the old town walls to get a 360 aerial view of the area. Dani, Holly and myself wanted to go shopping (of course!) but we were told that all the shops we wanted to go to were far away from where we had to met back with the group so we just walked around looking at the small shops in the old town. We all got small heart necklaces that were attached to purple ribbon and had Dubrovnik 2013 engraved on it and even got small name necklaces that were hand made on the spot by a guy in “less than 7 minutes”!. As we were exploring we also got some gelato and Nutella crepes which were so yummy! There was also a food market in the middle of the old town which was nice to take a peek at and there was a smell of lavender all around. Before we had to meet up with the rest of the group I picked up a handmade bracelet that said Croatia on it and was a nice addition to my contiki collection.
Finally once we all met up at the clock tower it was time for our Croatia sailing adventure! We were all really excited for this because it was a great way to beat the heat and it was the last time we would be able to swim at a beach and just chill. We met up with our sailing captain and his boat at the docks and we were on our way! The water was so nice and blue and in some areas really clear! We stopped at a small island to have a swim and jump off of the boat. It was so much fun and we did tricks and spins as we jumped into the water. Some of the guys also bought water squirters and we had a cheeky little play with them in the water. After that we got back onto the boat and sailed towards another island to have lunch and spend some time on the beach.
Lee had recommended the black risotto at a restaurant but some of us weren’t feeling that hungry so we just got some pizzas to share around before we went to the beach again. The beach wasn’t the best but the company made it better so we had a good time. After the beach we got back on the boat and headed back to the mainland.
After the sailing afternoon, we headed back to the hotel to get some dinner. Some of us were going to go out and get seafood since we missed out at lunch but the timing didn’t work out so I just ate at the buffet which was still really good. Im not entirely sure what else I did that night but I most likely used the free hotel wifi then went to bed to sleep off my sickness. xx
Good morning Dubrovnik!
Apparently something form game of thrones?
Spelt how the Aussies say it “La-ven-dah”
A little exploring
Look ma! I’m a mermaid! :)
Of course i have an ice cream