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Switzerland !

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So this is my second attempt at writing about Switzerland- been upset over my last copy getting deleted. -__-

I think I've got it figured out now though.

Anyways - I absolutely loved this place. I think it as the gorgeous mountains and all the outdoor sports and awesome chocolate&cheese that sold me. It was funny that I stumbled upon this place because it was just recommended by a guy I met in Amsterdam, and low and behold its actually a pretty big tourist attraction. Which, why wouldn't it be? I am set on coming back for a winter season, because I talked to a few locals and they said it's just unreal awesome. So it's a done deal. I think that's their main season anyways because it was really quiet in e town that I was in, Grindelwald. Which I had originally planned to stay in Interlaken, but there was this huge rock/heavy metal festival going on, so everything was booked. But it was weird because I think I caught the town right before its busy season for summer, because I was literally the only person in my like 34 bed hostel room. Haha. I loved it though because I got some quiet time, privacy, and really great customer service ;).

Now lets talk about what I actually did. It took me literally all day to get there from Germany. And I did accidentally get off at the wrong train station, but luckily there was another train coming a short while after. (Wheww, because it was getting later in the day, and trains stop running after certain times.) as soon I got to the Interlaken area, I was awed by its beauty. Interlaken is a town in between 2 massive lakes, and they are surrounded by the Swiss mountains. The water was this gorgeous blue that I couldn't help but stare. And when I did my final train change, it was slower paced and I could stick my head out of the windows and take pictures. It was really cool, because I could see all these waterfalls just poring down the mountain sides, and at the base of the mountains, were the cutest houses with gardens and cows. It was super cute because the milk cows actually had these huge bells hanging around their necks. It was very picture-perfect. Once I arrived in town, I didn't have any idea of where to go. So Luckily this town was really small, so it was easy to navigate and everyone knew where everything was, so I found my hostel pretty quickly. It was a 10 minute steep decline walk. And I kept thinking, how am I going to get back up this hill with a 50lb backpack. But I found my hostel, Glacier Mountain I think was the name, and then got checked in. I arrived around dinner time, so I sat outside on my hostels patio and got to see the sun going down and the fog rolling down the mountain sides. I don't really know what I had for dinner, but it was delicious. And I took a pic so you guys will eventually see those. I called it a night after because it had been a long day.
The next morning I got up, had my free breakfast, and it was delicious. Fully of meats and cheeses and breads and yogurt and cereal. And I certainly can't forget the coffee. But I desperately needed to do laundry so I got directions from the lady at the hostel, and grabbed my two bags and hiked up the hill to find the self service laundry. I found it fairly quickly and ran around town shopping, and scheduled my canyon jump while my laundry was going. I didn't really do much this day besides did a little exploring, I wish I would have done a hike, but next time I will. This place is really big on hiking so the trails are really great. I had dinner in town, and headed back to the hostel to catch up on some Internet stuff and plan my next step...always always planning the next thing. But I also dappled in trying to find work here... I loved it that much. The next day I had my canyon jump so I just fiddled around until it was time to do that. My guide picked me up and then took me to the meeting place where the rest of the group was meeting us. I was the only one from Grindelwald and the rest were coming from Interlaken. It was good because I finally had some people interaction. Haha. But my guide was really cool, and kinda showed me around until the group got there. So finally they did and we drove up the mountain to the jumping platforms. It was cool because our group was both canyon jumpers and bungee jumping. We went first, and got suited up. The best part was that thus guy was strait up bare naked in the jumping straps. He was the groom on a bachelor party weekend trip, and his groomsmen made him do this naked. He did have a men's thong on, but you didn't need much imagination. Lol. I think he kinda liked the attention haha, and I took a picture but I promised to not put it on Facebook. His broken English was, "I promise I'm a normal person, please no Facebook." Haha . But the jump itself was really cool. I was really nervous when I finally got up there. And the helper guy doesn't really give you much time, he kinda pushes you in the back to go. There was a camera lady though, and so I was like I've got to have a really cool picture. I wanted to do guns up, but once I jumped, I kinda got the guns up, but then I was free falling, and I was terrified so I closed my eyes, screamed bloody murder, and prayed the swing part would catch me soon, if at all. But it did :) and it was awesome bc I swung over the rapids and it was definitely an adrenaline rush. And we got to watch the bungee jumpers after, which we all thought ours was more worth it because they didn't really fall very far. And while waiting for everyone, we all just talked and did the usual back packers lingo. Where are you from? How long have you been traveling? How long is your trip? We're have you been? We're are you going? Where's been your favorite place? Blah blah blah. Haha. There's not much of a nightlife here so I called it an early night because I needed to get up early to make my train to Venice. Oh and I had fondue for dinner, which was really good, but way too much cheese for one person. Lol and an old couple made fun of me eating it. Go figure. But I absolutely loved this place, and I will be back. Whether its with friends, family, work, or whatever, ill be back :)

Venice blog TBA.... Lol it's hard keeping up with this stuff! I gave up on pictures because it would only allow me to upload one at a time, and that's just nonsense. So when I get back to a regular computer, ill be able to upload in bulk.

Love you guys!
Dawn

Posted by dmward22 05:10 Archived in Switzerland Comments (0)

Berlin

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Hey family and friends :) hope all is well! I'm presently in Grindelwald, Switzerland, but I'm going to write about Berlin, Germany today...and if I'm feeling up to it, I'll start Switzerland.

Berlin wasn't as great as I thought it should have been. The history there is amazing, but something just seemed to be missing. Oh well, that's part of what traveling is for right?

I arrived in Berlin around mid-afternoon. And it took me awhile to figure out where I needed to go, because, well, everything's in German. And when the Information people tried helping me, I still ha no idea what they were saying. It was one of those things, where I just nodded, and said thank you, walked outside and just looked around until I found something that vaguely looked like what the info. People said... Well after an hour and a half, I finally figured it out and reached my hostel. This one was called "Heart of Gold hostel" and it had a really cool set up, with a big lounge/eating area. After checking in, I headed to my room, and there was an ELEVaTOR!! I couldn't believe it, because in every hostel I've been in, it's been a hike up to my room. I seem to be getting the 3rd and 4th floor quite often. I really don't mind that much; I look at it as, not quite a workout, but still burning more calories than I would have if I were in the first floor. Which btw, I've seriously not been worried about calories at all. In fact, I've gained weight, lost muscle, look mushy, and for the time being, I'm happy with it:) maybe even a little proud. I think it has something to do with this is the first time in my life, I'm not working out. Not that I didn't enjoy it by any means; I'm just enjoying this side of life too, even though its very unhealthy for the long run, but I'm very confident in the idea ill get my ass back in shape when I get home. Okay sorry for the side track, it's just been on my mind.

So my hostel room... 4th floor, open door, ohhhh more stairs, surprise, not many though, and it's a huge room, with two sides all windows from the floor to the ground, with curtains covering a third of them. Oh and a sweltering 85 degrees (F). It was really nice and roomy, but just too hot. And the window only cracked a few inches. I guess they didn't want drunk back packers going out on the balcony and falling off. I don't know, just a guess :) anyways I put all my stuff down, and went downstairs to plan what I was going to do for the next couple of days. There's also usually wifi ONLY in the lounge areas, which is fine because it does make you meet more people. I was actually extremely tired from traveling all day so I called it a bit early. I think it was 10ish. The next morning when I was checking out some maps, I talked to a few people, a guy named Dan, from the east coast, Rochester, New York I believe. And I met another girl who was from Australia, her and her cousin were traveling together. They had been there for awhile, and recommended a few things. So I set out after breakfast. I headed out on the S-bahn, ( there are two ways of using the underground stations here, one is the s-bahn and the other is the u-bahn) I always used the s-bahn. I came out by the Brandenburg gate, and then went to see the Holocaust memorial. The holocaust memorial was really cool. It's literally one block full of grey concrete blocks, all different sizes. You can sit on them, but not stand. I know This only because I saw a walking tour by me, and pretended to be taking pictures while the guide talked. Tehe:) he also said that there are many memorials to all different groups of people who were murdered and tortured during this time, mostly because each group felt secluded and wanted a memorial in each of their names. For example, homosexuals, mentally retarded and physically handicapped people, and so forth. After this, I then walked around until I found the Topography of Terror, which is a museum explaining how the holocaust came about and what happened. This was really neat as well. I teared up several times, and it was surreal that I was actually in historical spots that were such a big part of history. It was neat. I was starving by this point. Walking around aimlessly (what it feels like sometimes) is hard work. Haha just kidding, it's fun too! But I found a little local food vendor where I got bratwurst sausage and chips (our French fries) and chowed down. I think this bird was really jealous of me, because next things know, he pooped in my hair, and then started chirping. I was okay because it wasn't a nasty poop. I think I got lucky. Always I walked around for a bit more, and then got some Haagen daz ice cream and headed to the hostel. By the way, Germans realllllly love their ice cream. I don't know what it is, but everyone was eating ice cream. So of course I jumped on the bandwagon. So I hung out at the hostel for a bit, met this girl from Honduras, and we talked about more stuff to do. She was too cute. She just talked and giggled and talked some more, and I couldn't understand her all the time because of the accent thing. Haha but she had been traveling for awhile, and gave me some good advice. Oh !! I totally forgot, in the morning of this day, I saw my friend, Rodrigo, who was my roommate in Amsterdam! We were totally surprised. I wish I would have gotten a picture with him, because he's one of my favorite people I've met thus far. He's from brazil, and he thinks soccer is incredibly boring. How we get along ? I've no idea. Haha I'm kidding, he's a sweetheart and just a really genuine person. He has been traveling for a few weeks, without telling his dad. Lol idk how that's worked out, but he's studying in Madrid, so that's part of his cover story I believe. Anyways we hung out for awhile, just talking and uploading social medias. We called it a night and went to bed. So the second day, I went to the zoo. I know it's not very european of me, but I heard all kinds of good things about it, and I really wanted to see the animals and everything ! So I literally spent 5 hours walking around the zoo, aquarium, reptile and insect sections, and I don't think I waked through it all. It was ENORMOUS !! And I loved it all. Except for I was sad for the lion. I got a really soulful picture of the lion looking right at me, and it just made me sad. Anyways the aquarium was really cool. And the reptiles were neat, they had a chameleon so I was happy:) and the insects freaked me out, and I got goosebumps. Some things should just NOT be that large. I also got a really good meal at the zoo. They had this awesome cafeteria. I didn't have time to do much more, as far as tours or going to see a concentration camp, when I got back so I just hung out in the lounge and planned my Switzerland trip. Oh and this is when I met Dan, and we went to find his friends who went to dinner, but we couldn't find them so we sat out on the grass In Front of a restaurant and the canals and had coffee and talked. His story of why he was doing this: he didn't want to become like his parents ... I thought that was a little sad, but to each their own. So we grabbed some Indian before heading back. It was really funny because the Irish band were trying to decide if they where going to catch their flight back home and go back to work, to just say screw it, and go to Budapest. I of course encouraged the latter. They left at midnight to catch the bus but I saw them the next morning heading off for their flight. Oh and this is when Rodrigo and I really bonded over a couple German beers and our screwed up love lives. Haha :) so I headed to bed soon and this is when I met Nick. Now Nick has a really neat story. Well to me at least. It's a semi-love story, and bit sad too. He had been planning this trip for over a year, and he had a couple reasons for going. 1. His grandfather had been a huge fan of traveling, and Nick had always been too. So before he left his dad gave him a token what was his grandfathers and what was a prized memento as he traveled. I really wish I could remember what it was but I can't :/ reason 2: he had a really messed up experience back home with a girl who lied about her identity. We know it as cat fishing. So the picture of the girl that this interloper stole was from Berlin. So he was now resolved to make Berlin part of his trip, not so he could meet this particular girl, but because he knew in his heart that Berlin hadn't something in store for him. He arrives and met up with this german girl who he had been in contact with via couch surfing. And she showed him around Germany the first day, and he said they just hit it off. It was one of those things where it's in the first 20 minutes of talking, and there's this instant connection. And I understood what he meant because I'd been there before and I believed those encounters are very real. He pretty much described it as magical, and they had the cutest first kiss, but I can't tell the story because I'd butcher it. Just know that it was smooth and it happened naturally, and there was some Spanish speaking in there. Lol so I know all of this because he was my roommate. And he told me this the entire day we hung out. We walked all over town and took pictures, and he was just so excited to see her again that night. And he was so excited, that I I got really excited for him! So he left and I went on and had dinner with some German friends that were extended family members of my mother and her ex husband, Stephan. That was an interesting and very nice dinner. They were incredibly, sweet and it was a pleasure to finally have met them. I didn't do much tonight besides head back and visit with Rodrigo and little before I headed to bed. I had to get up pretty early because it was going to be a long day of traveling.
So this is the end of Berlin. Again, cool history, but something was missing. The people I met, and their stories were definitely the best part of this city.
So I'm pretty tired of typing this all up so I'm gna call it a night.

I go cave jumping tomorrow !!!! Ahhhh I'm so excited ! Lol Lynn's a but worried I think :) but ill be fine !
Anyways love you all:)
Dawn

Posted by dmward22 09:34 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Amsterdam

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Amsterdam was amazing - and not for the reasons that first come to mind ;)

So I arrived Thursday morning super early, and I just put my stuff in my room and went downstairs to plan and schedule- I feel like half the time I am scheduling my hostel and transportation plans for the next city, and then planning what going to do in the present city and how am I going to get there- it can be seriously stressful, and adding foreign languages doesn't help....

Anyways, I've already stated I loved Amsterdam, and I'll tell you why. I met an amazing group of people. Seriously, we have all xchanged Facebook, twitters, and instagram account names- which aka- best friends now ... Lol I'm kidding but really we all got along really well and were very high spirited and fun people. And besides the group, Amsterdam is a very diverse and eclectic. Everyone was so nice yet so very different. And everyone was very helpful ..... Although one night at 4 in the morning... Some guy was walking straight at me, with a smirk ...and I literally walked to the far side of the group I was walking with... And this guys starts screaming at me, "stupid-something-in-Dutch- ass-something-in-Dutch" as we walked away.. I think I made a good decision to move. So besides that episode, everyone was really nice. :)

So the first day I was sitting in the common area, enjoying the completely diverse music, which I think I loved every song they played, and was charging my phone and telling my family I was still alive, when I met Christina and Trish- they are cousins and a from the states as well, Wisconsin and ... Minnesota ? I can't remember exactly - but they were very sweet to me, and immediately took me in. They saw me pull out my eu rail info and started asking me asking questions that I didn't know the answers to either.. Haha, so we decided to head to the train station and figure it out. It wasn't too far, so we took the tram. We had to wait for awhile, so his was some bonding time- both of see girls have done a ton of world traveling, so naturally I asked them a 100 questions, and they patiently answered all of them. They were very helpful and made many recommendations as to where and what to do in different places. We finally got called, and figured out the train questions we needed answering- thank goodness they were having trouble with the train stuff, because I don't know if I would have made it without going to that information desk. Whewww. After this, we then went on the Anne Franks Museum. This was definitely worth the tour. It took a couple hours, maybe, and we all ended up tearing up at some point during it. And it was nuts, because we were actually in the hiding place Anne and her family were stuck in, for two years, and we were walking in it! Crazzyy. The tour ended late evening, and we were famished, so we found this dainty little eclectic restaurant that was delicious. By the way, everywhere in Amsterdam, and many other European places, you have to pay for using the bathroom! Ridiculous I say ! Next we headed back to the hostel. I finally met a few of my dorm mates, which were all male- and I was about out of my conforms zone, because these forms aren't roomy. A couple were Irish, and they had a soccer ball, so naturally I talked about that and invited myself to play with them.. Haha, typical.. And well they left the next day sooo that didn't go well. Lol. And I met another roommate, I can't recall where he was from, but he was in Amsterdam, looking for a flat (apartment) because he had a job opportunity. I finally got ready and headed downstairs. We finally decided we were going to go check out the red light district. Well of course getting there was interesting because of all the people, and drunk people... You could imagine I'm sure- so we finally got there, and it's rows and rows of woman in windows, with very little clothing on and tons of make up and big hair- with lots of sex shops and sex shows and bars and food lining the canals. And that was about it, we hung out one bar for a little but and then headed back to the main area where there were lots of clubs. We literally danced until 4-4:30 in the morning- and we all agreed that we had no idea where the time went. It was a great night. When we finally got back to the hostel, and went out separate ways, I realized that there were 7 guys in my 8 bedroom dorm. My bright side of looking at this, "we'll at least they won't take my clothes:)" haha. The next morning I woke up to everyone shuffling around getting their bags out n yada yada. I didn't have to suffer with 7 guys for long, a few left and were replaced by girls. The second day, Trish and Christina had to check out bc they didn't have a room for that night, but weren't leaving until late afternoon. We hung out all day; we just wandered around the city, enjoyed street entertainment and street vendor's art, and cheese. We found this cheese store that had huge blocks of round cheese in the windows, and it was samples of every cheese it sold. I was in heaven. Good thing Christina bought some cheese because I was there the samples. Lol wrong of me, but still. So we headed back to the hostel so the girls could rest a little before their bus came to pick them up. They left around 7ish and so I headed back to the lounge. I eventually met my 2 Scottish roomies, abbey and Lindsey , the three Canadian roomies, Chris, cassey, and Carolyn. Chris was a lone traveler like me. All quickly became friends. I think it started because Lindsey, Abbey, and I went downstairs in the lounge, invited Matt over, who wasn't a roomy, but was sitting there. And then Cassey and Carolyn came downstairs and sat with us, and then Chris, and then Scott, and then LIn and his friend, who I think her name was Lisa. So we all sat their playing games, and decided to make another trip to the Red Light District because a lot of them hadn't seen it yet. So we all headed out. It was about the same, except we saw more men coming in and out of those doors, nearly every time zipping up their pants. So it really is, times up, get out my door. We found a couple more bars to go into and then got food and headed back- it was another 4am night with lots of laughs and stories and new friends. Most of us didn't get up til 1 the next day bc we were exhausted. Everyone went their separate ways bc everyone had done different things already. Chris and I didn't have a big agenda. I really wanted to go to this world famous pancake restaurant, which held up to this status, and he agreed to come with me. So Chris and I had a late lunch and got to know each other. He's an engineer and has a job starting in July. One of my favorite stories he told me was about this ring he wears on his pinky. At his university, whoever graduates with an engineering degree, they get this ring. And it represents what they are striving for, in a moral way. Like if a bridge collapses, and it's an engineers fault. They are expected to do the right thing. And he used the bridge example with me, and then went on to explain how their was a bridge that collapsed, and nobody wanted to take responsibility. Every ring that is made at this university is made out of the scrap metal from that specific bridge that fell. Goosebumps? Yes, I got them. I thought it was the perfect in its simplicity, meaning, and representation. So after lunch we wandered until we got back to the park, Vandel Park, and took a nap in the sun. And people watched. It was so much fun. There was so many different people, lounging, sleeping, eating, running, biking, walking, talking, having bachelorette picnics (I'm not lying), and some girl was even in a fat suit running around. After while I headed back in while Chris hung out in the park, and takes to my dad for a bit and then another friend came up, Andrey. He knew so,e of the other people I'd been hanging out with, and so we chatted for a bit. He was from Canada but grew up in LA for a large part of his life. We all rallied together for another night, with a few missing because they went on with their adventures, and a few new faces. W all finally met our final roommate, Rodrigo, from Spain. We all weren't feeling like going out, so we hung out in the lounge. We eventually got hungry and went out for food, and then took some fun pictures in a park. All of us girls decided to be rebels and got into this fountain and take a picture on this random green circle. It was fun and the water wasn't freezing. We also took a picture of all 7-8 of us on this "iamamsterdam" sign but I didn't get one on my phone. They'll eventually surface on Facebook I assume. This was our last night together and I think it ended perfectly. It was funny because 7 out of the 8 of our group all went to the same room so it was like the party didn't end. Haha but we did all have to get up fairly early and head out on our separate paths. The next day, I headed off to Berlin, same as Abbey and Lindsey, Chris was headed home, Cassey amd Carolyn had a few days left there, and Andrey went on his way too. The really cool thing is Rodrigo showed up at my hostel a day later and we didn't even realize we had the same plans. Abbey and Lindsey are here in Berlin but at a different hostel.

So that's Amsterdam. It was an awesome city with awesome people. I've invited all of those people to come stay we my Texas, so parents be ready :) hahaha and I've now got friends in Canada and Scotland and all over now ! Ah it's wonderful ! I'm sitting in Berlin writing this, and this was my first day. Ill write about what I've seen and done in a couple days :)

Love you all, my fingers hurt, sorry for the bad writing and typos,
Love,
Dawn

Posted by dmward22 11:18 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Wanderlust

London 2.0

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First thought- this might take forever - all the pics from going to London with my cousin are already uploaded think goodness- I'm going to write this blog and then write the Amsterdam blog after - so much to tell

Hi family and friends :) Hope everyone is well!

Soo for a few days after my last blog I just hung around the house And did more odd jobs - weeding, sewing some curtain ends for sal, and such ... Was kind of a bum honestly, Laz had work, Sal went to India for a work, and Eric was busy working on the house.... so I just tried to stay out of everyone's way! I did get to go out on the boat one more time with Laz and this time 4 of his friends joined in - straight goof balls and definitely boys... Lol they were all very sweet as well.

Tuesday night Lawrence and I took off to London - we did miss a train by like 30 seconds which was kinda funny bc Lawrence was a little ticked - mostly bc we had people waiting on us, but we made it just fine. The next train was only 15 minutes. Then we met up with one of Lawrence's friends and he took us to their other friends flats. Once we met up with everyone, we all went out to a curry restaurant - and it was very different but very good too - after this we kind of walked around for a bit, went to some bar but then went on home bc Laz n I were touring london all day the next day, and wanted an early start. We woke up about 7:30 and headed on out- I was so excited that I wore shorts and a long sleeve shirt.... But after walking outside I thought I was going to freeze, but it turned out to be a very nice day - I even got some sun. We rented these Barclay bikes- which you just buy a days worth of travel time and then whenever you stop, you lock up the bike on their stands and just get s new code to get another bike later.. Which was pretty cool, and very convenient bc we literally n traveled all over London- and I nearly died a couple times, which looking back on it, was fun, but not during it. At one point there were 2 lanes and Lawrence and I were in between a huge 18 wheeler and another big truck - and we just passed rough the narrow middle space- I was terrified - and made Lawrence not do that again .. He's a dare devil, that one. Our first stop Hyde Park, we didn't get pictures, mostly bc when we tried taking them, we had the phone on video and didn't realize until later... Oops. And then we rode through a lot of the main parts of London to get over to the London Eye- which was super cool- we rode it around and it was definitely worth the price - it was a clear and beautiful morning, so we could see everything from the House of Parliament to St. Paul's Cathedral ... Which are bit opposite from each other. After this we stopped to grab a bite to eat...at McDonalds.... I know I know, very American of us ... Lol but it was delicious ... And then we headed over to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards- a couple of Lawrence's friends met up with us .. It's was really funny bc there were roads blocked off by police and horse carriages and people of importance coming through....and Lawrence and I thought it was a good idea to us this as a break away bc there was no traffic - lol nobody yelled at us, but I'm pretty sure we got in a ton of tourists pictures :) the whole changing of the guards was pretty neat- these men are very precise and organized and it was a good hours worth of traditional maneuvers.. The queen was also at the palace, but we didn't see her. We only knew that bc a certain flag was flying. Which I only knew that bc of the boys and their Pangbourne schooling :) after this we all grabbed a bite to eat at a grocery store and went to eat in St. James park( I think that was the name but I might be wrong - it was right by Buckingham palace.) after lunch, Lawrence and I went on to take a tour through The London Dungeon. This was basically a tour where they had different rooms with reenactments of the torture that used to happen, and Jack the Ripper , and different things that happened throughout history... It was like a pg - 13 kind of thing, and they even scared you a bit- there was a picture of Lawrence and I at the very end on a ride that gave you the feeling of your stomach dropping out ( they were trying to show us what it felt like to be hung) and the looks on our faces were hysterical- I cried I was laughing so hard. We didn't buy them though :/ so this tour took a bit longer than orig ally thought so we headed back to the flat bc we needed to shower and get ready for dinner and our show, Wicked. We did get to see some street entertainment which was really cool. Once we got back, I of course being the girl, took the longest to get ready.. And I think the boys got a bit restless with me, but oh well. We actually didn't have time for dinner so we just stopped for a snack and hung out at a pub near the theatre until show time- the show lasted about 3 hours and was amazing.... Lawrence fell asleep though .. Lol - anyways after this we headed to Lawrence's club, The East India Club, and hung out there for a little- it was really nice, but I think we got there a bit late bc there weren't many people there. We were all starving by is time bc we hadn't eaten, so we walkd through Picadilly circus to Chinatown and ate at this place that had cooked ducks hanging in the front window.. Not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical but the boys all knew what they were doing... We had a 3 course meal, that was amazing and I don't think we even left tile about one am. It was definitely worth it.. We called it a night bc we all had a 520 wake up bc it was a group effort to take me to the airport. So we all had a 4 hour cat nap. They guys were actually all in a wonderful mood in the morning so pretty funny bc everyone was a bit delirious ... Lol but it was really easy getting on the flight and I wasn't even too tired bc I think I was just too excited ...anyways thank you to everyone who's been putting up with me! Lawrence was extremely helpful in everything, and we had a great day in London.

Next stop: Amsterdam :))))))!!! (Which has been one of my favorite places, thus far)

To be continued.....

Xoxo,
Dawn

Posted by dmward22 09:00 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Wander lust

Oxford and Bath

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Hey friends and fam :) hope everyone is well!

It's been a couple days and I've uploaded the pictures I took from Oxford and Bath:)

So Oxford was really pretty but I've got to say I think I enjoyed Bath more. It was probably due to Sally being with me and my personal tour guide but Bath also had this homier feeling. I arrived in Oxford a little before lunch and was hungry so I grabbed a bite to eat at this noodle company that was right by this huge market - it was delicious- Oxfords weather wasn't all that great ; it rained the entire day I was there:/ after lunch I went to visit the Ashmolean Museum - it's the oldest British museum - and a few years ago they put like 2 mil into renovating it and it was pretty cool - it had a few statue collections but its theme was more so cultures and how they changed over time- I spent a couple hours wandering around here and then I when I walked outside it was raining harder so I decided to go see a movie... Lol I just was tired of being cold and wet ! I watched fast n furious 6- I'm a sucker for vin diesel :) anyways after the movie I went to visit Christ Church, which is a college and it was very pretty n- I arrived past open hours so I just took a few photos- then I attempted to find Oxford Castle but thought I got lost- and come to find out, Lawrence said there wasn't even a castle, just a hill.... No wonder - so I found a pub n warmed up a bit n then headed sick to the train station.... Funny story though -- I got to my end destination n realized ( too late ) that I'm supposed to push a button to open the doors of the train to get off... They were automatic like I thought n I was the only person getting off at this particular station. And there was a kid trying to get on and I accident screwed him over bc i didn't open the doors - I panicked !! Good thing the next station was only 5 minutes away n Sally just picked me up from there.. Whewww! Oh n I had curry for the first time for dinner with sal n Eric n it was really good!

Bath was the plan or the next day- Sal had some errands to run and so we mad it a day trip. We got a late start but we both agreed we didn't know where the time went bc it flew by!! We didn't home til 10:30 - besides seeing the Roman Baths and the Abbey ( which were really cool) we shopped- dunked around going from store to store and I convinced my self of needing a couple pair of shoes.... I justified it bc It's my vacation and I can do what I want ! Lol - Sal had to go to Ikea to get some ideas- and this was also my first ikea trip ever--- the place is massive and it takes ffoooooorrrrrrevvvvveeerrrrr to get to the check out stations- definitely burned some calories walking that place - we headed home and then Lawrence his girlfriend a few of his friends were at the house waiting in me to get ready quickly n then head out for a night out on the town! Lol other words, clubbing... We all had a good time :) today has been pretty quiet - I'm focused on getting this blog done and setting up plans to head on over to Amsterdam next week !

Well I think that's enough for this time :) ill catch ya later guys !
Dawn

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