ravel is good. Today my enthusiasm is waning a bit. I'm sure
tomorrow, when we bungee jump, it will
return. I read someplace that there are really friendly people who need
alone time to recharge. I think I
need that alone time now.
So I am in Switzerland right now, checking my email at the train station. I
am with the bags. We had them
in a locker, but we had to get a phone number out of the bags, so we
took them out again. The locker was
8 francs, so 7 bucks roughly. I don't care to shop, so I said I'd sit
It's pretty rainy today. Overall travel has been crazy. We started in
Bamburg Germany. We went to the
train station after sacrament meeting, Danielle dropped us off. Then it
occurred to me I might need the
passport I had not taken from my dresser. So I had to run back to the
church from the train station and
get back onto the army base and go back to the train station.
I also couldn't figure out where Danielle's other house key is, so she told
me to just ask the neighbor for
her copy when I get back. So felt pretty dumb Sunday. Plus, my period
started, so I was kind of moody.
We took the train to Munich and walked around there for the day. It was
pretty, we wandered until we
were starving, got some donor kebabs to eat. Then we wandered
around some more. Munich was a
great city to explore. That night we took a train to Paris. We've taken
quite a few night trains on this trip.
You have to pay about 20 euros to ride them, but then you don't have to
worry about finding a hostel and
losing a day to travel. It's a good idea when you don't have much time.
We stayed on a guy named Pax's couch in Paris. We utilized a system
called couch surfing. You stay at
people's houses for free. They register on a site and you stay with
them. We are doing that tonight in
Switzerland as well. Tomorrow we got bungee jumping 250 meters or
so. I'm pretty nervous about it, but
we'll surely have lots of fun.
After we got to Pax's house in Paris, we ate some pastries and saw the
sights. We saw Notre Dame, the
Louvre- for free 99 since we're all under the age of 25. Tip to everyone,
if you can travel before you hit 25
it's much cheaper than after. The eurail pass for trains is more
expensive after that b/c they figure you're
not a poor student anymore.
We saw the Eiffel tower and climbed the stairs to the second floor. We
saw it during the daylight hours
and right after dark. We ended up back home at midnight b/c we had
some trouble locating the metro near
the Eiffel tower. When climbing the Eiffel tower stairs, we also had a
sickness come over us. It's called
"No more stairs." Yes yes, I'm sure you understand, but I figured it
would never get me b/c I'm in pretty
good shape these days. I was wrong, it got me.
The next day we took the train to Versailles. They have a fountain show
at the palace of Versailles so we
paid 6 Euros to see the fountain water show. Colton wanted to see a
certain fountain called Neptune or s/t
but the water wasn't on there. We walked quite a distance, the garden is
quite large. We walked back to
the rest of the fountains...and the water turned off. Then we walked
around the garden with no water until
5:30, when we unwittingly missed the time when Neptune's fountains
were going. Quite disappointing. The
gardens were lovely and had a plethora of statues and fountains
We couldn't enter the palace either, b/c we only had 30 minutes until it
closed and the cost was 10 Euros,
even though we'd only have 30 min inside. So we felt ok skipping that
cost b/c we'd seen similar rooms in
the Louvre. That's what the Louvre rooms were fashioned after yes?
We also got lost in the Louvre. We couldn't find our way out at the end of
the day. We heard the
announcements and couldn't figure it out. Finally we found our way, but
it took forever. Lost in
Mesopotamia or some such place. My favorite part of the Louvre was
the mummy section. Cool to the
In between all these little excursions we've been stopping to eat pastries
along the way. They've been
quite delicious I tell you. All the cities have been beautiful and the
weather has been cool, but fine. After
Paris we headed to Barcelona.
Tons of people told us how cool Barcelona was, so we decided to bolt
down there for two days. There
were tons of cool frescos and crushed plates combined into...you know
what they're called. The parks
and buildings there were amazing. Barcelona had rainy, but warm
weather also. Many palm trees grew
there as well. It reminded me of Las Vegas at times.
The next day we went to a cool beach South of Barcelona called
Sitches. I think that's what it's called. It
was rainy when we first got there, but we decided to investigate the
beach anyway b/c we heard it was
ideal. It was, the rain stopped, and although it was cloudy, we had a
grand day at the beach. We also tried
taking pictures of this butcher shop with cow legs with the hoof still
attached, but they told us no pictures.
We snuck a picture on the way back from the outside of the building.
I'll post pictures when I get back. I didn't bring the connection. I bought
stamps for the last four postcards
Mom's class needs from me but I can't find a post office and they've
been a huge pain to mail. I'll mail
them when I find a blasted post office.
On our night train last night we roomed with a girl named Denise. Her
brother was in the room with Colton,
my roomie Jasmyn's brother who also came traveling with us. Denise's
brother looks like my Ken doll.
He's quite an attractive man. Anyway, they were both great to talk to.
Denise is a hs chemistry teacher.
She's single and 28 and figured this would be a good time in her life to
see Europe with her brother Andy.
We also had a visit in our cabin from a boy named Eric. I saw him on my
way into the train and ran into an
old man b/c I wasn't paying attention to anything else. He laughed and
asked if I was American. I said,
"Yes, just a stupid American." He said, "Hey, me too." I felt dumb, so I
got on the train. He was quite
Turned out he was in the room right next to ours. He's taking a break
from Paris b/c he was there for a
film festival. He helped construct the 20 foot model of the transformer
Bumble bee and had nothing to do
in Paris. He decided to travel a bit instead of sitting in Paris the whole
time. He was terribly interesting. He
flew helicopters for a while and ended up doing groundwork for movies
b/c he said helicoptering over
Egypt is really dangerous.
That's about it for the trip so far. Today it's rainy. Tomorrow it's
supposed to rain. We've seen many cool
things and despite the rain are having the time of our lives. When I have
again revitalized I will feel the
grand profound creativity of travel again. I cannot wait to start working
on my mission papers. If anyone
knows of someone looking for a good car, my saturn still has a year of
warranty on it. I'm going to look
into selling it. Seems like the thing to do if Saturns are being
discontinued. It's a good car, but if I'm leaving
for a year and a half, that might be a good idea. So yeah, that's my life