After Glasgow we flew to Dublin, the land of Guinness.
I met back up with the Smiths for a couple of days in Glasgow before we made our way to Dublin.
While Amanda and Ben went on a road trip in northern Scotland I spent a few days in Helensburgh, which is a small town on the water to the northwest of Glasgow.
The Smiths joined me in London and from there we headed to Scotland! Our first stop was Edinburgh.
Recovery from my Paris food poisioning incident happened in London. Thanks to my college roomie James for letting me ride that out in his apartment for a week.
My first night train experience was from Copenhagen to Berlin. It was miserable because I thought it was a good idea to not get a bunk room. Always get a bunk room on a night train. They don’t turn off the lights in the normal seat cars. And the seats don’t recline. And people are loud. Get a bunk room.
I spent a few days in Paris after Amsterdam. The sights were nice, but I did end up with food poisioning on my last day there which was not fun.
From Vienna I took an overnight train to Amsterdam, where I spent seven days. While there I took a day trip to Haarlem which was worth it.
After Budapest I made a quick 2 day stop in Vienna. One day was a rest/work day and the other was sightseeing. Next time I’m in Austria I’d like to venture out into the countryside.
After Prague I headed to Budapest. Budapest was not on my original itenarary, but was recommended by someone I met in Berlin. It ended up being worth the trip.
After leaving Germany I headed to Prague for a few days.
My second stop in Germany was the region of Thuringia. Nicole knew a family who lived there so we stayed with them for three nights.
Our wonderful hosts Kersten, Julia, Maria, and Enrico drove us around to castles and festivals and forests and fed us delicious home-cooked meals. It was a nice break from the cities and Airbnb’s, and the hospitality was much appreciated!
This trip was part of my year off travels.
Stop two on my year off travels was Copenhagen, Denmark!
Stop two on my year off travels was Stockholm, Sweden! I was here for three nights and had a lovely (and pricy) time.
Our last two days in Iceland were spent in and around Reykjavik. First was Gulfoss Falls, Hallgrímskirkja, and Rainbow Road (which was painted for the Pride parade). On our final day in Iceland we dropped off Merjen at Blue Lagoon and explored around Grindavik.
Day three in Iceland took us east from Vik out to Diamond Beach at Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The Sun made a showing while we were out there but quickly retreated as we drove back west to Selfoss, stopping at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.
The first stop on my year off travels was Iceland! These pictures are from the first two days.
On day one we drove from Reykjavík to Thingvellir National Park, then to Geysir and finally Hella for the night. Day two was particularly busy with stops at Seljalandsfoss, Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool, Skógafoss, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Kirkjufjara beach, and Reynisfjara Beach aka Black Sand Beach.
I went to Japan with some friends in late July 2017. We were there for 12 days and visited Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka.
I made videos about this trip, which are up on my YouTube channel.