Austria, Czech, Germany and Netherlands in a whirlwind
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
November 8th, 2006 – by: showbiz101
Man I loved Austria. Second favourite other than Switzerland. Saw my first snowfall. Started each night with a couple of shots of absinth and partied with everyone including locals. Halloween party was probably my favourite night of the tour (I was supposed to be Indiana Jones but I couldnt find a fake whip).
To the Czech Republic and its freaking cold. Stopped at Cesky Krumlov which was a nice quaint town. Loved the buskers (buskers in Europe are one of my favourite things). Other highlights were the changing of the guards at the palace, and the Jewish ghetto area. One of the buildings inside walls are lined with millions of names of Jews who died, and houses drawings that the children did while in the ghettos. Theres also a cemetry thats barely bigger than a couple of backyards but houses 12000 tombstones. Partied at a nightclub 5 stories high, but took to much absinth and kept drinking (i dont recommend 3 shots of the stuff) so I ended up passing out on the top floor for a couple of hours :p
Also should note that one of the girls on the tour, who'd previously been thought to be invincible, almost died of alcohol poisoning. But she is alive and kicking now.
Hardly saw any of Germany, but stayed for a night at a castle in the Rhine Valley which was cool.
Ah Holland. Visited cheese and clogs factory with the creepiest tour guide. Then went to Amsterdam. My God Amsterdam is a crazy city. Third favourite stop. Theres a really beautiful side to the city: canals, people riding bicycles everywhere etc. And as for the 'naughty' side ... well it sure is interesting. You can walk into a souvenir shop and there's hard core porno playing cards next to the normal ones, as well as an aisle of maurijuana biscuits etc. The whole tour went to a sex show in the Red Light District ... it was bizzare but actually a lot of fun, they kept it really light hearted some how and i think everyone ended up enjoying it. The liberalness of the city really works some how, and if you ARE going to take drugs it is probably the best place to do it, because information about what the effects are, how much to do, how to do it safely etc. is everywhere. Oh also need to mention the Henieken factory (lots of fun) and the sex museum!
Ok thats about it. In summary the tour was surely the best time I've had in my life. Met some great people collected a few great memories. Hopefully this handful of photos will tide everyone over until i can get back and show you everything properly.
PS. We got to design our own clothing for the trip, and my design of a drunk Swiss cow was voted in!!! I'm wearing the jumper right now!
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