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