16 Things Locals Want You To Know Before Visiting Austria

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Austria I asked some locals what they wanted tourist to know before visiting their country! Enjoy! Mike says: 1. The subway is extremely cheap and efficient and you can easily get around the city on it. When in the Vienna ring you can even walk between many of the landmarks and attractions. 2. Make sure … Read more16 Things Locals Want You To Know Before Visiting Austria

What to do in Europe (Part 4 Italy)

After we had left Spain, we took a bus to Venice. I think we took a quick look around and then we just wanted to find our “hostel” We had a little trouble figuring out the bus passes, and I am pretty sure the bus driver thought we were “dumb” Americans that were lying. So we finally found where we were staying, it was a campground called Camping Rialto, we also thought we were going to be staying in a chalet, nope it was a tent, after everything we had went through. 

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The campground we stayed out near Venice

The campground was really nice. The people were friendly, pretty sure you had to pay for wi fi and you had to have your own toilet paper. It was pretty nice for a campground and it wasn’t too far from Venice because we had to take a bus to get there, maybe about 10-15 minutes out.

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What to do in Europe(Part 3 Spain)

On our way from France, I believe we took a train to Barcelona. I remember us getting in at like 5 or 6 in the morning, and I remember seeing these people stumbling off of the train loud and drunk because apparently people party late there. We were staying in another hostel and this time it was with multiple girls. They were a little loud, but not too horrible. ALBERG DE JOVENTUT IDEAL YOUTH HOSTEL, was the name of the hostel. The bathrooms and showers were outside of the rooms. The people were mostly friendly in Spain.

I remember us eating at a McDonald’s one night of all places. We walked to the beach and along the way we saw people dressed up as statues, it was pretty cool. The beach we swam in was the Balearic Sea which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea, which I thought was pretty cool that I swam in! This beach was a topless beach, but there really were not that many topless people. The ones I did see were older people…I also remember that I had to buy a new bathing suit when I was there. I still have that bathing suit, it’s like a souvenir, and I love it. 

This is me posing with a statue/piece of art wearing my souvenir bathing suit. 

At this point I felt like my feet were dead, so walking in the sand my feet felt like I was walking on a cloud. So Katie told me about this place where everyone gets these particular pair of shoes, so we were on the hunt for them for a while and I will tell you my feet did feel a little better wearing them, but not much, I had to walk barefoot a lot. The store that we bought them from was called LA MANUAL ALPARGATERA, I have to admit Katie’s were cuter she got the wedges, but I love mine and I still wear them to this day.

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What to do in Europe (Part 2 France)

Once we were back from our road trip and were back in London. We rested up for a day and then we were headed off to France. We took a bus to France, okay we know that is not possible. We took a bus on a ferry, which was pretty cool. It was the biggest ferry I had ever been on at that point. I can’t remember how long the ferry ride was, but I know we ate breakfast on the ferry and soon we were back on the bus and back on the ground.

We went through their “bus security” (where you would get a stamp), at some point we stopped at a rest stop/public restroom. Well there was a stand up toilet. 

stand up toliet

 I wasn’t quite sure what to do so, I opened up my stall and asked Katie, “What is this? How do I use it?” Well easy answer, you just stand there and do your business. (Beware details for this trip is limited and scattered.)



It was similar to this, there was a rail you could hold onto and the hole was bigger, and your feet were further away from the hole.

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What to do in Europe (Part 1 England)

Like I stated in my introduction, my first traveling experience was in 2013, and it was out the country. I think for this to make sense for me, I am going to have to give you some background information. This was not a Vacation! I repeat this was not a vacation. I do not want to exploit this experience as such, but this is how it went.

2013 has been the worst and best year of my life. The sole purpose of this trip was to spend time with someone who was grieving, and I too was grieving. This time allowed us to lean on each other, and get to know each other in different ways, as we were not close before. To say this trip was easy or fun everyday would be a lie. I took some great experience away from this trip, and I experienced new things.

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