Thursday, December 19, 2013

Europe till the end

Alright, Alright.
I know I'm so behind and have disappointed many.
However now that I'm home I will write more often!
(My integrity might skew your opinion on that statement) 
So for those still interested THIS BLOG POST WILL BE AWESOME!


This place was by far an adventure!
(Our train ride there however was more of a pain.
As are most of our train rides.)
We stayed in X Hostel and at first we didn't favor it.
But the staff along with the people staying there were amazing.
I went out our first night there,
apparently they have these things called Sparties.
Budapest is well known for their spas and pools,
so they often hold parties, clubs, and events in them.
I won't deny I had more fun than expected,
however they are filthy, full of beer and horny teens.
Luckily they had more hidden pools 
where less beer and "make-out kids" would be.
It was a good experience mainly due to the fact 
that I met most of our good friends from this.
After that night Budapest became our new favorite city.
The food was cheap, and they city was always offering something fun to do.
We discovered this amazing food called Kebab's.
They weren't the same as American Kebabs 
where you put finger foods on sticks, no those are lame.
These were godly & super cheap!
We ate those nearly every day and yet we had no money.
Next up the coolest things they had in Budapest, The Mind Games.
We went to a place called Exit Point and what you do is
they lock you in a room and you have to find clues to get out.
They give you an hour and well we made a mistake.
Our Exit Point group -- Dennis, Alexander, Darien, Andolie, and Myself
The mistake was everyone in the group above
(except Andolie and Alexander)
had drank before hand...
So that game became a bigger challenge.
It was hard! Now I say this for my drunk self,
but we honestly could not figure anything out.
We had the lady in charge constantly give us all the hint cards!
And sadly we were only one step away from getting out before time ran out...
But we were easily able to get over our loss,
the bar right outside helped quite a lot.
(Mustn't forget our Tarzan game "Oh Jane")
And lastly I'd like to end our Budapest update with
The Karaoke Bar & The Cat Cafe.
First off the Karaoke bar was AWESOME!
We got free 3 beers for going in,
plus Darien was sick so I got 6!
We sung and danced and enjoyed drinking the winners champagne.
And after all that we were lead to this disgusting cafe.
Disgusting but interesting.
It had 16 cats walking around and tons of kitty toys everywhere.
Apparently you just order coffee or tea and pet cats.
But seemed to be enjoyed by many.
So shortly after that we made our way out of Budapest with a heart breaking goodbye.
We were loved by the city and it's travelers we met!
I Definitely want to come back here again!

Berlin & Paris
Worst Idea EVER!
So Berlin seemed to be the "must go" place of Europe.
Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't go there,
but Darien and I seemed to be less entertained by this city.
I mean it was nice, I did go out and see a lot of the city.
However there wasn't that many parties,
Darien was sick the whole time,
and we forgot to book our hostel for our entire trip there,
so we stayed in a nice one for a few days then
ended up staying in a shitty serviced one.
However with all the luck we've had the entire trip I wasn't surprised
that we had one city that things didn't really go perfectly.
The little things that made Berlin semi-cool were,
Our first hostel The Cat's Pajama's.
The Christmas Market.
The Alternative Tour.
Breaking and Entering the abandoned Spree Park.
And our room mate Lochi. (Like Loki)
Other than that I'd rather not go into how lame our trip was there.
So that was Berlin for us... Yeah.

Then we made our train ride back to Paris to catch our flight to Ireland.
Now I wasn't as excited to be back in Paris because everything was expensive.
I mainly stayed in the hostel and became a complete bum.
The worst part was they didn't even have a kitchen here!
So Darien and I had to improvise back to our first week in Europe.
Cold beans and bread.
Let's just say Paris wasn't any better than Berlin.
Well the second time around.
First time it was epic.
We didn't stay in Paris long due to the fact we used it as a place
to stay till our plane left for Ireland.
Which speaking of Ireland...


Awh Yeah.
Landing here was like a kid in a candy store for us.
We were so happy to be back.
Plus remembering how stupid we used to be from the beginning
 made us feel better knowing that our past was long behind us.
We didn't stay in Dublin once we got there though.
We took a bus straight to Galway to stay with our friends we made at the beginning.
Jordan & Rose!
We had a blast for our last nights there with these girls.
We missed them so much and it was just nice seeing them.
We played tons of card games the first few nights,
then on the weekend we drank and went out!
Well everyone but Darien.
Darien went out with his bang by getting hammered!
Which wasn't hard because of the fact that
we made Candy Cane Vodka and it was DELICIOUS!
It was hilarious, Darien never had been so drunk!
We went out and I forgot my ID and Darien kept getting denied in.
So I took Darien back home, grabbed my wallet and went back out to find the girls.
It was awesome.
The girls paid my way in and we danced all night.
Once the club closed we went out for food.
Best food ever. Chinese.
After that we headed home to find Darien half way off the couch.
We were all too tired to clean up so we just knocked out.
The next morning however...
The place was a mess, no dirtier than we left it but still
it was going to take hours to clean.
The girls and us went out for a hangover breakfast and they headed off to work
while we headed home to clean up the mess.
We found out later that Darien had a puking session in the bathroom.
Darien denies this to be true from his memory,
but the evidence was puke in the bathtub and beans.
Which no one ate beans but him in Ireland.
But held proof that it was a good night.
The next night we kicked back and played cards 
since Darien and I had to get up early for our flight home.
It was sad to leave but we were happy to finally be heading home.

This was such an eye opening opportunity with so many amazing experiences. 
We didn't think it would last as long as it did.
Four Months before hand seemed to be so short,
but by the time it was over we look back and think that was long enough.
We learned so much and became so close.
I never imagined how important a trip like this would be.
It wasn't only just about having fun or escaping the life we onced lived.
It was definitive moment in our lives of building character.
I am forever in the gratitude of my family and my cousin.
This trip wouldn't have lasted if they weren't there supporting me.
I won't forget this experience.
And I hope those who read this will experience some opportunity like this.
Now here we are at the the end of my trip but not my journey
we're still facing the beginning(:

So let this be known.
the world is big and we have a lot to grow from.

(I apologize for not pictures in this post. My phone that I have the pics with is no longer in service)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Europe & Going in Prague!

Simply put, it's cheap!
This was meant to be our escape,
our relax, chill, nothing to do just read a book and sleep.
However this hostel (Hostel One) changed our plans.
We met some amazing people here.
(Kathrine, Joe, Nick, Chelsea, Jess, Tristan, and Jason)

We ended up drinking a lot here.
(Sorry Ma and Pa)
 It's been a blast though.
So many great experiences.
We walked all over town saw some great sights,
we enjoyed the food and especially the beer.
Seems everyday has been a new adventure.

We were able to see the John Lennon Wall,
it's a wall where they wrote quotes by John Lennon on it,
but the government kept erasing them.
So it was a battle between society and the government
where they constantly kept going back and forth on it,
until someone bought it and let people draw on it as they please.

(We were lucky enought to join the fun!)

(An awesome street band we saw on the way!)

Our first adventure was up to the Prague Castle,
We brought the hostel crew and walked all day.
Seriously it was such a long walk.
(Plus it was freezing cold) 
Darien, as always, was just wearing shorts.
Everyone keeps calling him out on being a mad man,
However he really only complains about his hands.
Once we got there though it was pretty nice.
the churches all seem to blend in with eachother in Europe.
What really made our experience though,
was the people we were with.
Most of the good times come from the people you meet.

(This is the Church / Castle)

After that we ended up going to Starbucks.
It's terrible seeing so many corporate companies here,
you get a better feel ordering coffee from a small town shop.
We travel to see new things, not the same places!
Anyways we ordered some coffee and man oh man.
We were walking over to a table and these ladies had their
coats on a chair that was sticking out a bit,
and well Darien accidentally knocked it over and spilt coffee on them.
The glare we got from everyone in the room was priceless.
I honestly felt like I was back in the states.
Luckily we had tons of good friends in the room to lighten up the mood. 

Our greatest adventure was the Bone Museum.
This place was sick,
(in the throw up / it's creepy way)
So many bones just stacked into some sculpture freaks me out.
It's both demoralizing and nasty.
However it was interesting to see none the less.
It was crazy though, we got to see 3 churches / museums
for around 5 DOLLARS!

(creepy lady be preparing her victims for the next bone project...)

(Chandeliers of HEADS hanging over our heads)

(Honestly like this is F'd up) 

After the Bone Chapel, we went to see the other churches.
This specific one blew the rest out of the water!

 (The BEAUTIFUL Church)

(the inside looking all high class and what not)

(This guy is totally a Jedi)
(or a Lord of the Rings character) 

(Darien and Jess... Crazy fools)

(Ceilings be like look at me, now look at yours.. that awe/awh moment)

Most of our time was well spent at night.
We played a lot of fun drinking games.
Plus we got to see so many people do the funniest things.
(Oh the memories that will forever be kept)
The clubs and pubs were way too fun.
Lots of smoking goes on here which is terrible,
but you usually don't notice with the amount of fun you have.
So that was our week in Prague!
Stay Excellent!

(Joe, Katherine, Jess)

(Retro Music Hall)

(View from up top)


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Europartying in Austria!

The Train Ride.
We were beyond tired,
6AM isn't exactly the easiest time for Darien and I to get up.
We should have woken up earlier,
or gone to bed earlier, that would've been wise.
Our train was set to leave at 6:36AM, 
So we decided waking up at 6AM was fine.
After all its only like a 10 min walk away.
We still managed to make our train!
However in the process,
Darien ended up losing a pair of gloves.
(Just his luck right, he happens to lose everything!)
This wasn't entirely his fault though.
The family moved them but we couldn't figure out where.
Darien wasn't happy after he was unable to find them.
C'est La Vie.

The Train ride was nothing special.
Boring, Long, and Tiring as it always has been.
however the anticipation for our destination fueled 
our optimism for our journey there.
We were able to see a lot of Switzerland.
It was beautiful.
Mountains, Snow, and the beautifully crafted homes.
Sadly due to the fact that we don't have any great cameras,
we are unable to share with you most the beauty we see.

Once we got to Austria we were so happy.
Done with moving, for now.
Done help exchanging!
We are here to take a break and have fun!
and that is exactly what we did.

The first night we just kicked back,
got comfortable and caught up with the girls.
Talked about our travel experiences,
and also about the plan for the next day..
We had one huge party with 30+ people!
Surprisingly, it was very organized and clean.

I think kids our age act much more mature
and responsible with their drinking.
I would guess because they are aloud to drink earlier.
(However they have problems with kids 13 and 14 often drinking)
Anyways, everyone had tons of fun.
However Darien and I were exhausted,
so while most went out to the bar
A few of us stayed back cleaned up and knocked out.

The next morning we didn't struggle with any hangovers!
Well most of us anyways(;
Anyways come daylight,
Darien and I went to a Museum and walked around town.
Graz is pretty awesome I must admit.
Very artsy and interesting.
We didn't get to have the full experience,
due to the fact we stayed only a weekend.
However it was still a good one none the less.

So anyways, our train leaves at 5:30AM
which is in less than 7 hours from the time I have written this.
We are heading to Prague!
We are so excited, mainly because we will be resting.
Bulking up before our last BANG before we leave.
Plus it is a long train ride there.
I don't have pictures now and I apologize,
however our friends took many photos.
So once they are transferred over to us we will post some on the blog!

(This is the calm before the storm, stay posted my friends)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Europe All Night to Get Lucky

"Ugh, I ripped a hole in my favorite shorts,
I'm never going to get over this..." -Darien Thayne

"...You may not be able to get over it,
but I can promise you, you can get through it." -Cody Ahn

Those exact words honestly made me through my day.
(But more on that later)
We have been working extra hard today now that Pierettes back.
She was off for a few days flying as a stewardess.
And plus it's our last day,
and we must leave with a good impression ;)

However, we didn't get much sleep,
we were awoken at 8AM, well I was.
(Darien went back to sleep after)
Reason being for breakfast and an early start to work.
After breakfast we got Darien up, and got to work.
We had to sand a door that with terrible tools,
and move kitchen furniture that was under a pile of other furniture.
Let's just say it wasn't our most favorite job.
Non the less it was partially finished ;)
I say partially due to the fact that we gave up on sanding the door.

back to the quote I posted at the beginning.
After our lunch break we went back to the house,
we took a shortcut which involved climbing over a fence..
As you have already guessed, Darien's shorts were ripped in the process.
Due to the fact Darien was super tired today,
he was in a worse mood after realizing his favorite shorts had been ripped.
and in all places, the crotch area.
Luckily Darien has learned to pick up with a needle and thread.
(He has sewn to fix a bracelet, backpack, his shorts buttons, and now his ripped shorts)
Darien has been pretty unlucky with the stuff he brought.

However we are done so we are happy!
Well at least we think we are done.
Honestly Darien and I are worried there
might be more work to be done.
Hopefully not.
But if there is we will jump to it.

So tomorrow our train will leave at 6:30am
Meaning we have to be up at 6AM...
If you didn't already know, we aren't exactly morning people.
Much less ones who go to bed early.
So hopefully we make our train on time >_<

We will be traveling for 12 hours in total.
No worries though,
we couldn't be happier to be off to a good weekend!
We will be living it up in Graz, Austria for the weekend then soon
after that we are (hopefully) making our way to Prague, Czech Republic.
If we can find a way to get there,
We couldn't find any trains to Prague... but if there is a will there's way, right?
Once in Prague it will just be us kicking back and relaxing.
Hopefully if I'm lucky
I will be able to fit in another blog post during this next week.
If not... Sorry, not sorry.

But just think,
till I come back to the good ol' boring life of the US of A.
I can't say I'm not looking forward to it,
but I honestly am not ready to call quits either.
I know I mentioned being home sick,
but it's mainly the fact that we've been sitting in certain countries
for too long, and its time to be up and going! <-- tee-hee

I'm glad I got to post as much as I did,
my family has been clingy lately, and I feel its due to the lack of posts.
... Love you guys... <3
Hope to be back here soon,


(Darien, Noéimie, and I)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Europe to Catch UP!

Wow I am so behind...

First off I apologize for those relying on my blog posts!
My excuse for my tardiness is that my iPhone isn't waterproof.
in my defense the new iOS 7 update said otherwise!
... I'm not that dumb for those who think I didn't already know that...
Sadly it wasn't as waterproof as it promised. 


Our first help exchange!
First off I will introduce the family we stayed with!
John & Karen with their son Allister.
We were lucky to work with such amazing people.
It was a small holding, at least that's what I'm told.
We worked on building a fence for them,
... After a month o.O
It was quite a lot of work but worth it for everything they did for us.

John and Karen.
The British Couple in France.
My god can they talk!
...more John than Karen,
But we had no idea any human being could talk so much!
John would usually ramble until Karen stopped him.
Honestly it was hilarious listening to them at first.
However I wouldn't recommend the monthly dose that we took. 
Safe to say we really got to know each other.

Karen was so amazing,
she constantly went out of her way to make us feel at home.
She cooked amazing delicious dinners,
She took us out to see around France.
She would tease us for sleeping in,
but made sure we did our work.
She literally became our British Mom.
John, he was a funny guy.
He would always be cracking jokes,
most of which we never understood.
But he just was a funny guy in general,
always lighting up the mood in the room.
Some people would say he is mad,
honestly Darien and I would call him awesome.
John although outspoken,
was always someone who could make you smile. 

He was quite the funny kid.
Together played many card games.
We would do anything to make him laugh,
his laugh could make a cucumber smile.
He became like a little brother to us there.
We teased him and hung out here and there.
He also brought his friend Hugo quite often.
Him and Hugo were the same as Darien and I.
Although they were 13 and 16,
They were best friends who also loved to argue.
But all of us together always brought smiles.

During my stay in France I was able to meet a good friend of mine(:
Kévin and I had been friends for quite sometime before the trip.
So once I was in France we made sure to hang out!
He wasn't able to stay long when he visited,
however I visited him later on and his family was awesome.
They were very nice and took me around Tours.
Seeing their French architecture was amazing.
It's true, old buildings are everywhere in Europe.
It seriously was like walking through a whole new world.
Walking around somewhere full of rich history was an amazing experience. 
Anyways, it was nice getting to hangout with Kévin.

I really did enjoy France because it was our home away from home.
We planned on staying for 2 weeks,
However the HelpExchange we planned in
Holland notified us they had to cancel our stay.
So John and Karen were more than happy to keep us.
We stayed for a month all together.

The month of October seemed to rush by so quickly.
It just seemed weird leaving
it felt like it was not that long ago that we arrived!
To be fair it was our home away from home.
Which made us very home sick.
After leaving we have been talking non stop about 
how excited we are to come home.
3 Months is more than enough of traveling.

Here we are under the Eiffel Tower.

I couldn't get a good picture of the Eiffel Tower... ;(
Trust me I'm equally disappointed

Notre Dame
I did take this one!

I put a lock on this bridge <3



Okay so this place honestly looks photoshopped.
You could take a photo from any direction and make bank off it.
We are lucky to be working in such a beautiful part of Switzerland.

Here is my million dollar shot(;

Getting here however was a bit of a challenge.
Our whole Eurail experience has been a bit rocky.
One of our trains broke down and well, 
we were behind schedule and just BARELY missed a train
Literally we stared at it slowly closing the doors to leave.
We didn't know it was our train.. *facepalm*

Traveling on trains sucks.
No actually, Traveling in general sucks.
Darien and I seem to argue more during these stressful times.
But none the less with a little trust and risks taken,
we finally get to our destinations.

Their spare house with a view.

We first met the Portuguese family,
They are temporarily living with Madame Pierrette.
They came from Brazil, and they are so awesome.
The kids specifically.

^Andre, Christian, and Clis^
Hyper kids, who never seem to be calm.
We don't speak the same language,
although I am learning French, which they know along with Portuguese.
But we constantly are having fun.
Ping Pong Battles, Dance Off's, Wrestling, Etc.
We all understand one thing.
How to have fun(:

Andrea & The Dad
The Mother and Father (Which apparently we never caught his name)
Seriously she could be on a cooking show.
She specializes in Brazilian/Swiss foods,
At least I would bet on it.
The dad is very friendly and the only one who speaks english.
He gives us tips on where to go and tips and tricks(:
He invites us to see Switzerland,
John and Karen would do the same.
Honestly Darien and I are so tired of exploring,
We usually find excuses to bum out at home.
(We do go out most times though, but just ugh we would love to be bored one day)

Madame Pierette on the left
Clis dancing with Madame Pierrette
The Father in the back, Andrea(the mom) watching on the right.

Madame Pierette.
The owner and lady we work for.
She is interesting.
Very nice and a hard worker!
Seriously the first few days Darien and I were off the hook.
She is a stewardess so she is out flying quite often.
She hadn't showed up till the day after we arrived.
But once we worked we got to pick tons of apples,
and I mean TONS!
We were very privileged for coming this time of year.

Picking Apples was our job.
Plus the fact that it is repetitive makes it quite boring.
Not to mention the weather making a muddy terrain made it worse.
However we get tons of apple juice and desserts from it(:
We took apples from every apple tree in town.
Luckily I got a break... Let me share with you,

The Story of the Impolite Brick.
Noémie, Madam Pierette Daughter, needed help moving out
So we gladly helped her move into her flat,
after that she offered to take us to Neuchâtel.
It was quite late, but we figured we needed to avoid picking more apples.
So we agreed to visiting this "Amazing Town"
She said she would drop us off while she headed off to her Horse Lessons.
Once there she told us the places we should visit while we were there.
We didn't have time to see them all so these were our options,
A Church/Castle that overlooks the town,
An old historic part of town,
Or a a big lake that we was very far away.
Obviously we went to see the Church/Castle overlooking town. 
Once their we enjoyed the view and played on it like a playground.
We are a bit childish, age is just a number guys.

...anyways we played the chainsaw game.
(Figuring out escapes if people with chainsaws showed up)
During this process we also used nearby rooftops that we could jump on.
Then I stumbled upon a cool ladder up to a chimney way high.
So the inner child in me said climb it,
So of course I yelled for Darien to join me.
We start climbing, Darien ahead of I.
We got to the top and Darien climbed onto the little chimney.
I looked down from the ladder debating if I should join Darien.
 It a tall glass of nope,
I GTFO'd down the ladder quickly as I could.
Darien disliking the height as well joins me.
Bricks be loose and shit.
Darien trying to maneuver his way to the ladder.
Loose brick be GTFOing off the chimney.
Darien yells "WATCH OUT"
I be like "what, what" guess I'll look up.
Brick be like "MOVE B**** GET OUT THE WAY."
Looking up into darkness I don't see anything.
I feel something hit my eyes.
Unable to see anything anywhere else.
I stumble down the tall ladder to the roof.
Be in shock like WTF.
Curl into fetal position.
10 seconds in.
Darien says "Are you okay, I'm so sorry!"
I stand up like a boss, 
"Psh, Brick ain't got no manners"
Shock still absorbing pain.
I feel great.
Little goose egg on the eye.
Bit of blood.
Took a picture right away cuz it be cool and shit.
Went home.
(This was actually taken in the middle of the night, during a pee break.)
As you can see my sleeping mask around my neck.
Whole eye be black n' swollen next morning.
(don't have pics of the eye being black sorry)
Family look at me like dafuq.
Cody ain't working today!
..and that's the story of how I got out of picking apples in Swiss Land.

Anyways, point being.
I got to rest a couple days!
Darien however got stuck taking the role of Prince Appleseed.
Which wasn't too bad from what I hear!
So anyways the eye is better and life is good.

I will post again, not sure when but IT WILL COME!!
Thanks for your loyalty to the blog!
I hope my story struck some pretty awesome imagination scenes!


Enjoy us doing the handshake song with three people

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Europe and... sleeping in Tailor's Hostel (Spain)

It's felt like a boring week,
but I'm about to share some pretty exciting stuff(;

Ever since our friends left at 360 we haven't done much.
Darien and I were used to being up late due to our previous adventures.
However this new hostel doesn't have as many friendly people.
It's small.
So we usually are up late reading or watching TV shows.
I was very disappointed in ourselves.
So I drained every source I had to find out what we could do,
since we didn't usually wake up till late afternoon it was a bit hard.

Luckily, I found out we were there during La Mercé
It was a festival they held at the end of September.
They always had something going on during the day and night.
So I got Darien and I up and going to our first stop.
The Procession of Giants.
I wish I could have taken better pictures,
much less not deleted them all because I thought they looked bad.
But they had these costumes that were.. well GIANT!
It was awesome, you'd see these giant costumes of people
walking down the streets of Barcelona! 
Everyone was smiling and throwing confetti
but point being we all were having a great time.

(Example picture I found online)

After that we walked around the city at night.
Found some cool bracelets we bought for €1.
Then headed home to do our boring night ritual.
Which of course was reading, watching TV shows,
And eating all of our bread.
We love Toast. It's better bread, and thats a fact,
 and so we abuse our loaf of bread.
We go through a loaf every day.
(I have cinnamon... as most of you know, it's my addiction)
Darien somehow eats toast plain... Weirdo
But yes. Bread goes by fast.
Don't worry though we have more food!
We eat pasta, eggs, tomatoes, and cereal!
Basically any free food we find.

La Mercé 2013

(I'm abusing pictures I find online)

We saw these posters EVERYWHERE.
We thought they were a disney production film.
So we ignored them.
Little did we know it was for the festival o_O

The next night we got to see the fireworks.
Words couldn't explain our experience we had 
with the fireworks of Barcelona's La Mercé...
When we started making our way there,
it almost sounded like cannons and guns were being fired.
The fireworks were so close,
so the noise was SO LOUD.
Not to mention this was a firework music show.
So the fireworks matched with the music being played, 
it was insane!
I might've lost some of my hearing due to this amazing experience.
But the great thing was,
that the fireworks were above the Magic Fountain.
The Color.
The Size.
The Atmosphere.
The Loud BOOM's Pulsing Throughout Your Body...
No firework show could ever beat what we were able to experience.

This picture coming up I had taken.
Darien and I were at the VERY FRONT.
Sadly we had this pillar in the way but I still am happy.
It didn't take away from our experience at all!

We stood just meters back from where the fireworks went off.

Another picture I found online.
I use this to show you how many people were there,
You can see the fountain under the fireworks, its white.
But it changed colors to match the show.

If you look at that picture you'll see
up towards the fountain a line where there isn't light in the crowd.
Those were bridges above the roads,
no one had access to get on them sadly.
But Darien and I were up in the front of those.
So we were able to get a really good spot(:

After that we hit the sack.
The next day we slept in all day and did some grocery shopping.
Everything is so cheap compared to Ireland.
So we stocked up!

Then we had a boring day.
I decided we had to go to the Beach.
So I told Darien we had to wake up early.
He tends to sleep more if given the opportunity.
Someone has to wake him up.
Luckily I can get up pretty easily.
I ended up waking up at 7AM!
Not necessarily by choice.
My body just wouldn't fall back asleep.
So I got up made myself some breakfast.
Then pretty much waited till noon to wake Darien.
The more sleep Darien has the happier he is.
So we went to the beach!
We pretty much spent the whole day there(:

Since then we have been at the hostel.
I still enjoy getting up and walking around.
Darien and I kinda do our own thing.
Traveling with someone this long...
It's nice to have some alone time.
To go out and just do stuff on your own.
(Parents we are still very safe and making sure
 to let the other know what we are doing and for how long)

So with that being said I will end this with my favorite pictures
I had taken on my personal walking tour(:

I lied this was when Darien and I walked to the beach.
Lots of people dressed funny to get money on the streets.
This was my favorite.
Yellow Lady, on a Yellow Bike!


Making my way to the cathedral(:


Stay Smiling
Baba Booey!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Europe & Going... destination Spain!

We have arrived in Spain!!!

With Ireland in the past
our next adventure is in BARCELONA!
You heard me right.
We're living it up in the BCN!
(BCN is the acronym for Barcelona)

Once we got there it was 8:30PM
So we made our way to the closest hostel.
We had one booked but it was quite far away.
So we ended up staying elsewhere.
Our first hostel wasn't something I'd go back to.
It was tiny and didn't seem comfortable.
It had the best reviews in Barcelona,
but I think people were paid to write them
because that place didn't have anything to write about.
But hey, it was cheap so I can't complain.

We went to bed pretty early,
and the next day we made our way
to a hostel named 360.
Jordan and Rose (Barnacle Gang from Galway)
recommended it to us.
I have to say this hostel ROCKS!
It's spacious, comforting, the kitchen is big enough
for me to cook in, and last of all...
We got a free dinner!

For those family cooks, 
I finally understand how nice it is 
to not have to cook one night.
To be treated ourselves!
I think we plan on staying here till France.
This hostel has a lot of free activities,
Walking Tours, Club Entrence, PING PONG!!,
Computers, and its right in the centre of it all!
By far my favorite hostel yet.

As of Barcelona so far,
it has been pretty cool.
We walked around the city and got postcards!
This place halves the prices compared to Ireland.
Ireland definately killed us.
Our bank accounts are at dangerously low levels.
However we do have a couple Help Exchange
jobs we've managed to get.
More than likely we'll be doing that for the rest of our trip.
We just have to tough it out another 2 weeks.
As for the city here are some photos!

We managed to witness some gathering.
I think it was to bless those who protected
Barcelona from being taken over.
I dont know a lot about this though
so don't take my word for it.

This is the Catedral in Barcelona.
The picture doesn't match the justice.
It's far more intricate and beautiful.
But for now it will have to do.

This park had birds ALL OVER!
Seriously you had to watch where you were walking.
Many people come to feed the birds.
As you can see the girl in this photo is doing so.
Birds swarmed all over her!
They were not afraid to hop on her arms either!
Stay tuned because Darien & I plan to do this!

As you can see it is great so far.
That night we joined the group and went
and experienced Barcelona's nightlife
with our new found friends from our Hostel, 360.
We got free club entry to "The Beach"
and guess what... It was on the beach!
The club was so fancy and beautiful.
However, Darien and I didn't sleep much
the night before. So we didn't stay long.
As beautiful as it was we couldn't enjoy it much longer.

The next day we slept in very late.
Which was fine, we had a new room mate we met.
His name was Jean-Paul, but we called him JP.
He told us he was from California,
and that he just is finishing up his 3 month trip around Europe.
He told us stories of his trip and it was awesome to hear.
We hung out at the hostel, played some cards,
and of course, our card game brought in more friends.
We also met a girl named, Aylin from Germany,
Two twins from Austria, Lana & Lisa,
and two girls named Asha,
(Really they are both named Joanna)
and they are from Poland.

We all had a blast that night.
After we played some cards, we all went out.
We went and saw the Magic Fountain.
It was a beautifully large fountain that they did a light show with.
You would see soft colors of blue, red, and yellow
lighting up the water with americanized music playing in the background.
Now I wouldn't say it was anything too amazing.
But most of our amazing experiences come
from having the right crowd with you.
And I couldn't think of any better group in Barcelona to be with.

Here is where they held the Magic Fountain.

Here would be our amazing group!
We owe Kudo's to one of the staff from our Hostel
he took this picture of us(:
Two people up top I didnt catch their names.
Top Row: (?), Lana, Darien
Middle Row: Asha, Asha, Lisa
Bottom Row: ME, Aylin, Jean-Paul(JP)

Soon after we went to this pub,
Jordan and Rose (Barnacle Gang) had recommended.
It was more of a local pub and so we got to experience
the real side of Barcelona. Got to see how the local's do!
It was great, and I was so grateful for that opportunity.
We all had tons of fun that night and I know it's a night we'll never forget(:

This day I went to the beach with JP, Asha, & Asha!
Darien wasn't feeling well so he didn't tag with.
The rumors are true! Barcelona has BEAUTIFUL beaches! 
I loved it,
I don't have much experience at the beach.
Close to none. BUT NOW I DO!
So being able to experience one of the best beaches in the world...
Well if you asked the people I went with.
They probably would tell you my inner child came out.
I dug in the sand, played in the waves, swam out to sea...
I just couldn't hold it in.
See I never really gave beaches their fair share of love.
I didn't grow up by them, so I didn't really get to appreciate them.
Boy... was I lucky to be able to not only enjoy an amazing sight,
but I also had amazing friends to accompany my new found experience.

My obsession of taking selfies comes out,
this one happens to be at the beach.
(Also that hotel you see in the background.. on the far left, is €3,500 a night.. that's more than $4,000!)

You can see how childish I look.
Along with my childish friends who decorated my body.
Asha is on the right, JP on the left(:

Now I LOVE this picture.
However if Asha saw this she'd kill me.
She is a bit self concious.
Hopefully she doesn't kill me after this :3

We spent the whole day there.
Barcelona keeps one upping itself each day :D
I left early, while the group stayed back.
I was getting tired, and wanted to nap for our next adventure.
So I made my way back to the hostel.
I know what you're all thinking,
and you couldn't have been more right.
Because walking back was a terrible idea.
I got lost!
The city is huge! Plus people mainly speak Spanish,
so getting directions was near impossible!
I spent two whole hours walking around before I found my way home.
Can't say it was terrible though.
I did get to experience the city and see... well everything.
Once I got back I was welcomed by JP.
For they stayed at the beach another two hours,
while I aimlessly walked around the city.
It is something I look back and laugh at though.

We didn't go out that night.
No one was really up for it,
I didn't get my nap, Darien was sick,
Asha's already went out and we didn't have contact.
JP didn't want to go alone,
and the twins were also too tired for another night.
So we played a few card games,
challenged each other at ping pong.
Then we all hit the sack.

Darien and I couldn't afford another night at 360,
it was a real bummer but we didn't have a choice with our budget.
So we bid our farewells to our friends
and made our way to the cheapest hostel.
Turns out it was only 5 mins away from 360, via train.
So after talking to our friends at 360 over facebook
we decided to keep in touch for upcoming events.

We set up home at our new hostel.
Played a few good games of chess.
Got to know the staff, <-- MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS DO THIS.
One, because they are your hosts, common courtesy.
Two, they know the city inside and out,
they will tell you where you want to go(:
and lastly, they were hired because they are amazing people.
Friendly, Fun, and all around good people.
This hostel we scored, well we got lucky.
Really lucky.
It's a new hostel trying to get it's buisness started.
It's super nice too.
So we get to stay here for really cheap.
Honstely this hostel deserves way more than its making us pay for.
Tailor's Hostel.
Make sure to stop by if you ever stop in Barcelona(:

Finally wrapping up this long post.
I apologize for any time consuming awesomeness from this post.
So we hung out with our friends from 360.
Apparently there are festivals going on here in BCN.
So we got to see a lot of DJ's and Dances.
It was most people's last night.
So we all had tons of fun just going from one festival to the next.
But with Darien & I's tight budget we had to leave early.
However, most of them all want us to visit them.
They seemed pretty adiment about it.
They even offered us a place to sleep if we did.
So we couldn´'t say no!
So come November, we shall visit our friends we make on the way(:

I might be posting more often now
due to much awesomeness arising on our adventure.
I have this option in my settings to see
where in the world people are reading this,
and man. I am so happy to see all these people reading my blog!

To end,
Here are two pictures of the delicous candies they have at the BCN market.