Krakow, Poland – Europe Day 39 – July 5

I woke up on the train a half hour before me alarm and started packing my things. The bed was a welcome change from the seats I’d previously sat in on overnight trains. I actually felt rested, which was great. In the cabin, I was provided with a sink, closet, and two water bottles and croissants. I ate all of it, and the last slice of pizza from the 4 I’d bought the night before and got ready to get off the train. There were several stops for Krakow so I asked the woman next to me which one was … Continue reading Krakow, Poland – Europe Day 39 – July 5

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Krakow, Poland – Europe Day 38 – July 4

Independence Day behind the Iron Curtain Rob and I got up around 8 and had an early breakfast before packing and taking a taxi to the train station. We got a quick bite to eat at McDonald’s and used their free Wifi to catch up with people back home. McDonald’s has become the US embassy for me. I know no matter where I am, except for Italy, McDonald’s had free wifi and clean bathrooms. I have no idea if the US embassies offer either of those services, but I would imagine so. Rob’s train left at 11:30 so he was … Continue reading Ljubljana, Slovenia – Krakow, Poland – Europe Day 38 – July 4

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Europe Day 37 – July 3

Jaime, Rob, and I woke up and ate breakfast at 7am, in time for Jaime’s early departure to Croatia. Breakfast was included with the hostel, and it was delicious. We had two eggs, bacon, and two rolls, the best free breakfast I’ve had so far in Europe. After breakfast, Jaime left and Rob and I planned out our day. Around 11, Rob and I walked down to the train station, missed the first two trains by minutes, and finally caught a train out to Lake Bled to do some mountain biking. Lake Bled is a resort area outside of Ljubljana … Continue reading Ljubljana, Slovenia – Europe Day 37 – July 3

Budapest, Hungary- Ljubljana, Slovenia – Europe Day 35 – July 1

I woke up and looked over. Rob was asleep. It was 6:15. So much for going to Zagreb. We decided to skip Zagreb and just take a late train to Ljubljana arriving at 2am. I had met a French girl named Gaelle on the pub crawl a couple nights earlier and she and I walked all over Budapest for the first half of the afternoon. We went to the Opera House, Parliament, a giant church, and the House of Horror. Budapest’s Nazi/Soviet occupation museum. The building the museum was in was first the Nazi Headquarters in Budapest, then the Soviets. … Continue reading Budapest, Hungary- Ljubljana, Slovenia – Europe Day 35 – July 1

Budapest, Hungary – Europe Day 34 – June 30

We got up early today, had a quick breakfast, and caught the train into Egers, a small town outside of Budapest, that’s known for its wine caves. The town itself was nothing special for us, but apparently its the mecca of Hungarian history, with school groups making pilgrimages there daily. Hungary’s Alamo is there, where a small group of Hungarians, vastly outnumbered, held off an attacking army. We took a cab from the town center to the wine caves region of Eger. It was a bizarre little place, like a wine tasting amusement park, as Rob described it. There was … Continue reading Budapest, Hungary – Europe Day 34 – June 30

Vienna, Austria – Europe Day 31 – June 27

I woke up this morning and wandered down to the computers in the hostel common room, wondering how I was going to meet up with Rob that day. Rob was on one of the computers already. Problem solved. Rob and I caught up on our travel experiences, he told me about Krakow, and I told him about Florence and the music festival yesterday. We made our way over to the nearest grocery store. The store had the Aldi logo, but it was called something else, Hauffe maybe, I can’t remember. Rob and I bought ham, jam, cheese, bread, and coke … Continue reading Vienna, Austria – Europe Day 31 – June 27