Hey everyone! Yes I know this entry is about 2 months late but I guess its better late than never! Things have been busy since I came back and the adjustment to graduate school has taken up my time but I really wanted to write one more entry to complete the trip.
So, after Munich we headed off to Swizerland and boy was that place beautiful! We stopped in Liectenstein for a lunch break and I took the opportunity to get my passport stamped.
When we got to Swizerland our hotel was located on top of Mt. Pilatus, I think it is considered the highest hotel in Europe. In order to get up there you have to take this tram that takes you up the mountain forever and forever.. it was really quite trippy! I just kept telling myself not to look down... im usually not afraid of heights and I was pretty sure nothing was going to happen but when the tram kept going higher and higher, with the weather getting foggier.. I was just hoping and praying that the wire wouldnt break. We reached safely up the mountain and I was soooo relieved. There was really not much to do on the mountain though so that night we just ended up watching Eurotrip in one of the rooms that doubled as a theatre. That movie was sooo funny! I will definately think of Europe everytime I watch that movie Early the next day, Trevor,Sheree, and I climbed up a bit higher on a hill to get a better view.. It was absolutely breathtaking...later that morning we headed out to the town of Lucerne. There is really not much to do there besides shopping so thats what I ended up doing. Although I did get to take some pics of the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument as well as eat some awesome fondue with Alysha and Shawn. I had heard there was another really good Picasso Museum there but unfortunately I didn't get the chance to visit it. After a bit of roaming around I met my group again and we headed for our boat trip around Lake Lucerne. It was really relaxing and very nice. Later that night, on top of the mountain we had our Swissco (70's disco party) and it was sooo much fun to see everyone all dressed up in 70's costumes. It was Fabulous!
The next morning, we headed out to the Rhine Valley/St Goar.We spent one night in St. Goar on our way to Amsterdam. Went to a beer stein shop and more wine tasting. YUMMY! Unfortunately, Jeff had a little more wine than he could handle and I ended up taking care of him on our cruise around the lake. That was definately quite a task.. Whn we arrived in Amsterdam the next day, we stopped in the Village of Edam where most of the tour was going to go on a bike ride around the town. Unfortunately, I dont know how to ride a bike so I wasn't able to join them. My other tourmate Alysha was really ill and was unable to join the group as well so while the group was riding around the city Alysha and I stopped by a nice little cafe and had some lunch and hot chocolate... After the others returned from their bike ride, we drove a bit more and stopped by one of the windmills and took some pictures. Our next stop that day was to a Cheese and Clog Farm where I got to see how they made cheese and clogs. I was tempted to buy some clogs but I couldnt find ones that fit me quite right so I gave up and bought cheese instead. When we go to the hotel, some of the tourmates decided to head into town early and explore the "cafes", I decided to stay at the hotel and enjoy some drinks with Rex and a few other people. Later that night, the rest of us on tour went and explored the Red Light District... all I have to say is that it is definately an experience in itself and that is all I will say about that. We have officially termed Amsterdam as Amster-damage! The next morning, we went out to explore more of the city. Jeff and I decided to go find Anne Frank's house as well as the Homo Monument. I met up with Shawn and Alysha later and we walked around looking for a candy shop so Alysha could buy her dad some salted licorice. After our candy search was over we headed out to the Heinekin Brewery where Heineken beer is brewed! By far the best experience of the trip.. we definately drank our 10 euros worth of beer! We even experienced what it was like to be a beer bottle! That place was sooo much fun, especially after we ran into Steven and Tiffany. By the end of it we were all totally smashed! I dont really even know how we made it back to the bus in time.. Since this was our last night on tour, we all had a group dinner and ended up taking a booze cruise around the canals in amsterdam! Definately one the most fun and craziest nights of the tour especially since one of my tour mates ended up dancing naked in the back of the bus...it was preety hilarious. Definately very unforgettable.
The last night on the trip, I was filled with mixed emotions. I was ready to go home but at the same time I was having so much fun that I didn't want to believe it was ending. Like all good things, my trip had to come to an end. I will never forget this awesome experience and the wonderful people that I have met. I will hopefully get the opportunity to go to europe again some day but for now I am extremely happy with the moments and memories of the people that made my trip as wonderful as it was.