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Europe

Posted in Travel by matt on Monday, April 6, 2009

Whelp, Cayla and I have been Stateside and basking in all sorts of American indulgences for a few days now, and I must say it’s nice to enjoy a little excess. Yesterday I ate two meals-worth for breakfast, so I was really already full when we ordered a massive lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Mmmmm. And I have a leftover rack of rips and mound of spaghetti in the microwave as we speak – err, as I type.

Anyway, this post isn’t about my impending obesity, it’s about our “adventure honeymoon” in Europe. And an adventure it was.

We left Bangkok for a 23-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We spent the night at some shady backpacker joint called The Red Dragon near Chinatown. Malaysia is the most densely populated Muslim country in the world, so the food was excellent; it was so much better than most anything we had in Europe. I’ve also put a few pictures of the strange taxi driver we met and some of the things we saw on my Flickr account which can been accessed below or by clicking here.

We arrived in London around 10pm, so we decided to just sleep in the airport until morning. The fact that curling up on an airport floor to save money was Cayla’s idea is proof that I married the right woman. I mean, I was up for finding some place to stay for a night before entering London, but she was like, “Why? It’s just more hassle and money.”

I love it.

Anyway, we did the tourist thing around London for a couple nights and saw the city of Bath and Stonehenge before boarding a train to Paris. Not really much to share here that pictures won’t improve upon, so I won’t go into much detail. We saw the highlights: Sacre Cour, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Lourve, etc. It was really fun. The noteworthy thing about Paris was where we stayed. Cayla discovered a website called http://www.couchsurfing.com where you sign up and people let you stay on their couches. You meet them first via messaging, but it’s basically what it sounds like: staying on random people’s couches.

My Papaw’s response to this news was (insert grizzly old man voice here), “Ya gonna getcha head chopped off.”

But we didn’t! (insert applause here) Instead we made a new French friend and he even cooked us dinner. We left Paris on a plane bound for Venice just a couple days later and had a great time getting lost in the maze of alleyways and canals. Venice was probably my favorite town on our tour, but it was also the most frustrating city when you actually wanted to find a place.

After two nights in Venice we took the Eurail to Florence and enjoyed the beauty of Tuscany. Now, I’m not too art-savvy, but I enjoyed seeing all the famous sculptures and paintings in Florence – especially Michelangelo’s David. Unfortunately every time we tried to take pictures of big Dave a little Italian lady would scream “NO PHOTOSSS!!” to the top of her lungs, but I’m sure you know what it looks like.

The next stop was Rome. We met the Lambertis (some friends of Dad’s) who live in Southern Italy and they showed us around the Vatican and some other parts of Rome. Then they drove us down to their house for a couple nights. We ate some amazing hamburgers and watched a few Quentin Tarantino films (I had never seen Pulp Fiction) and then they drove us to the ferry boat that took us to our next stop, Greece!

We stayed 3 nights on an island in Greece called Corfu. The hostel we stayed at is called The Pink Palace and reminded me of one big, florescent frat house. It was full of crazy backpackers who apparantly don’t require sleep to live, or at least they weren’t worried about us getting any. It was a fun place, though, and we enjoyed relaxing and riding 4-wheelers around the island.

After Greece we had a day layover in London. We spent this time learning about the G-20 Summit going on in London that day and why there were a gajillion British police officers in funny hats swarming the city. We also met friends from Oxford for dinner and then had one last airport nap before beginning the looooong series of flights to San Diego.

And now here we are. I’m enjoying too much food, scalding hot showers, and an entire season of The Office on TVO while I still can. God bless capitalism.

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  1. chrisandbecky said, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Jealousy is creeping in….and God Bless Capitalism…love it.

  2. Angel said, on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    you freakin toured Europe…many parts of it…the pictures are incredible. A-mazing. Little jealous, not going to lie…


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