Europe 2014: Venice Daytrip on A Budget

We hadn’t planned on visiting Venice this time around. Which probably didn’t make sense to start with, since it was our favourite place from last year’s trip. We should have known we’d change our mind, especially when we realized how close it is to Florence in the grand scheme of things. We tend to praise how cheap the rail tickets are in Italy, because we’ve … Continue reading Europe 2014: Venice Daytrip on A Budget

Europe 2014: Cinque Terre Charm

To call Cinque Terre “charming” would be the understatement of our entire trip. Is there a word that means “more charming” than charming? If so, that’s what Cinque Terre is. We have no idea at what point it became such a popular choice for tourists–but we totally get it. How can you go wrong with tiny little fishing towns on the coast?? I mean, it … Continue reading Europe 2014: Cinque Terre Charm

Europe 2014: Meeting Mates in 5 Terre (…The Australian Kind!)

Cliches are sort of lame, but some things happen for a reason. Yesterday on our way from Lucerne to Cinque Terre, our final connecting train got cancelled, so we had to wait around for the next one. While we waited, we met Adam and Ben–2 Australian brothers travelling around Italy and were also on their way to Cinque Terre. You can find out a lot … Continue reading Europe 2014: Meeting Mates in 5 Terre (…The Australian Kind!)

Europe 2014: Killing Two Bucket-List Birds with One Stone

This morning we took the train to Interlaken–where our bucket lists became a little bit shorter in a matter of minutes. Fly in a helicopter. Skydive. Basically, we jumped out of said helicopter about five minutes into its flight. Skydiving is HOLY COW INTENSE. It’s a little bit frightening but a big bit amazing. All at the same time. Honestly, the ride up was much … Continue reading Europe 2014: Killing Two Bucket-List Birds with One Stone

Europe 2014: Buses, Planes, & Trains to Switzerland.

I think my shoes are still wet from the rain in Copenhagen. The rain kept us inside the hostel last night, which can be an awesome thing sometimes. We grabbed some cheap pasta salad and baked treats from around the corner, and sat in the hostel common area for 8 hours, haha. But you meet the most interesting people in hostels! We sat at the … Continue reading Europe 2014: Buses, Planes, & Trains to Switzerland.

Europe 2014: Beautiful Weather Makes for Sleepy Animals

Our first day here in Copenhagen was beautiful, so we figured it’d be a perfect day to spend at the Zoo. However, sunshine makes for snoozy creatures. Humans included. I think every single feline at the Zoo was asleep. Actually, one of the lions stood up to move a couple metres away to lie back down. We all cheered. Just kidding. Sleeping animals aside, though, … Continue reading Europe 2014: Beautiful Weather Makes for Sleepy Animals

Europe 2014: How Not-To-Do the Overnight Flight

You’d think we would have learned from last year’s flight. I don’t think we did. Here’s what we should have done: We should have gotten a terrible sleep the night before–that way we’d actually be tired when we got on the plane at 8 PM. We should have brought ear plugs. Instead, we listened to the lady seated behind us, who snored for 95% of … Continue reading Europe 2014: How Not-To-Do the Overnight Flight

Europe 2014: Halifax Makes for the Perfect Stopover.

Is it still considered a stopover when you deliberately plan to spend a full 24 hours? Anyways, that’s what we did. Spent some time chilling in Halifax before the flight across the Atlantic. It was some well-spent chill time. Watched the hockey game with a bunch of Habs fans at “Durty’s”. Also ate delicious nachos and reminded ourselves what Guinness tastes like. Took the Dartmouth-Halifax … Continue reading Europe 2014: Halifax Makes for the Perfect Stopover.

Europe 2014: Passports Sometimes Tell Lies.

That expiry date on your passport? Yeah, not always telling the truth. We learned this the hard way when checking-in a couple days early for our flight from Denmark down to Switzerland. “Error-your passport must be valid for three months from the date you leave the country”. Wait. That’s a rule?! Yes, yes it is a rule. It’s also a rule in Denmark, Spain, Italy, … Continue reading Europe 2014: Passports Sometimes Tell Lies.