The port of Hamburg skyline at dawn. I didn't know if I would like Hamburg, but I've met some really cool people here and it's a beautiful town. It's really important to not go in with expectations. The places and situations that you think might not be what you're going to enjoy sometimes turn out the best. If you don't have an open mind about everything, you cut yourself off from wonderful experiences.
It’s photo dump time! This is where I get to just throw a bunch of pictures at the internet in order to tell some of the small stories about some of the adventures that won’t get the full blog treatment. Enjoy!
Prague: There is a statue of a naked boy and apparently it’s good luck to touch his weenie. This has caused his junk area to be worn down to a golden color. So here’s a pic of me gently cupping his golden dong.
Prague: I went out with a group from my hostel to a bar where the bartender spoke no English. We thought we ordered four pitchers of beer for our group of eight. Instead we accidentally ordered four pitchers of white wine. Oops. To our credit, we did finish all of it.
Prague: Weird modern art of three giant babies with caved in faces. I like this kind of bizarre public sculpture.
Budapest (Margaret Island): This contraption is for putting a wheelchair in a swing. Disabilities shouldn’t prevent anyone from enjoying a swing at the playground.
This painting of old Hungarian priests is of note because I think they look like they should be in a metal band.
I’ve seen so many cool buildings on this trip. Sometimes I take pictures and I don’t even know what the building is, I just know it’s amazing. They’re usually churches. I’m pretty sure this is also a church. (Berlin)
Absinthe in Berlin. I had CRAZY dreams that night.
A freaky hidden statue peeking out from behind a staircase down an alleyway in Berlin. I love this kind of weird stuff.
In Berlin there I went to a ping pong bar. Everyone goes around the table and gets one hit. If you mess up, you step out. When it gets down to the last two people, they play a normal round of ping pong. I didn’t do so terrible, but clearly the locals come here all the time and are much more experienced. So this is a good place to go if you want to drink beer and lose at ping pong.
Down a side alleyway in Berlin covered in graffiti, there is a staircase down into an underground place called Monsterkabinett. It’s full of hydraulic animatronic freaky monster creatures. It’s fucking weird. It’s totally bonkers. I really got the feeling of being in the bizarre, alternative, artistic underbelly of Berlin. It was a very unique experience.
I would not have had nearly as good a time in Berlin if I hadn’t had local friends-of-friends. Meeting other travelers is great and you can learn a lot, but having local friends gives you a much bigger set of knowledge and experience about the area. These two are spectacular, and I’m so very, very glad to have new friends.
Berlin: Templehof Airfield was the airstrip where American and British planes delivering supplies to West Berlin landed and took off. After the reunification of Germany, it’s been preserved and turned into a park. Hundreds of people come here every day to fly kites, ride bicycles and skateboards, picnic, sunbathe if it’s nice out, and just hang out. It’s a cool little piece of history that now belongs to community.
Copenhagen central train station. In a lot of cities, the central train station is a huge and ornate building with a design based on the city gates of the old world. For a lot of travelers, it’s the first building they see, so basing it on a city gate is kind of a cool little touch. Also, I just really like this one in particular. I think it loos rad.
Copenhagen: Nyhavn and the canal. Right behind me as I took this picture was a busker with a clarinet playing My Heart Will Go On.
Halloween is gaining traction in Europe. I spent October 30 at a house party in Copenhagen with some friends I met in a hostel in Prague two weeks prior. Good times were had by all (except the guy who fell asleep in the bathroom. I felt bad for that guy, but that’s college parties for you. What a throwback!)
On Halloween proper, I almost didn’t do anything because I was going to have to meet new people to have a group to go out with. Then I met some Russian girls who had cool makeup and started talking to them. They ended up painting my face and we went out to a dance club. I think they did a pretty good job! Looks like I got beat up.
Hamburg: At the courtyard where the Star Club used to be. This is where the Beatles played really early in their career and honed their craft. That’s a little piece of music history.
Hamburg: This Vladimir Putin mask was probably left over from Halloween. We decided he needed some beer to help liven him up a little.
The port of Hamburg skyline at dawn. I didn’t know if I would like Hamburg, but I’ve met some really cool people here and it’s a beautiful town. It’s really important to not go in with expectations. The places and situations that you think might not be what you’re going to enjoy sometimes turn out the best. If you don’t have an open mind about everything, you cut yourself off from wonderful experiences.