After visting Rome I rode the train North to the La Spezia region. I stayed there for one week in the small town of Le Grazie. My Airbnb hosts were wonderful (buongiorno Angela y Raimondo!), and I got to experience what I would consider a Mediterranean hurricane. It was an eventful week that started with a visit to the town of Portovenere.
After spending two weeks in Greece I flew to Rome, Italy. While I was there I visited the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, and the Vatican.
After spending time in Sami I drove across the island to Argostolion, where I would spend the week for my 30th birthday. I hiked to the top of Mount Ainos, the tallest peak on the island, then spent my birthday on Petani Beach.
After leaving Corinth I took a bus to Patras. There, I boarded a ferry headed to the island of Kefalonia. During my first few days on the island I visited the Melissani Cave, Antisamos Beach, and Myrtos Beach.
I took a train from Athens to Corinth. While there I visited the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, and the Acrocorinth.
After the cold and wind and rain in the UK and Ireland I flew to Greece to warm up and see the Sun. My first stop was Athens.
Whilst in Dublin, the Smiths and I rented a car and took a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. We hiked along the cliffs for a few hours, then hiked back in the rain (which took another hour). We got chocolate chip muffins to treat ourselves afterwards.
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.