This year I turned 27 years old. What better way to celebrate your 27th birthday with your close friends in Europe. Well, that is exactly what I did this past few weeks.
About 4 months ago, I was hesitant about accepting my friends invitation for this Eurotrip. Then, I thought to myself, how many chances will I get to go to Europe with my close friends I have known for nearly ten years… not many. What is holding me back from not going? I mean, we were all single, we have full time jobs, and I have calendar full of vacation days to use up. Sure, I had a lot of loans and bills to pay but this was one of those opportunities that may never present itself again. So, I made my decision and said to myself, enjoy your time with your friends while you can because before you know it, some of us will eventually settle down, get married, have kids, or maybe even incarcerated (joking). I didn’t want to live my life asking myself ”what if?” So, no regrets, just carpe diem.
It was a very ambitious adventure, but we managed to accomplish and see most of the places of interests on our itinerary. Even though we missed out on a few places of interests it is always good to plan ahead but also leave room for serendipity to work its magic because you never know what you’ll discover or who you meet on the way.
Our first stop was in Bergen, Norway. The city was very scenic and had a serene vibe. My only complaint was price of gifts and food as it was the most expensive city I have been to. Remember to save those plastic bottles that can be recycled at any convenience store for Krones.
Next up was Berlin, Germany. Berlin is rich with history, art, and reasonably priced compared to Norway. Berlin was a very lively city and we found Alexanderplatz to be the liveliest street of them all. Also, beware of little girls running around trying to have you sign a petition. They are actually scammers that claim to be deaf or mute targeting tourists to convince you to donate money. Oh yeah, and try the currywurst!
Over to the east, we went to Prague, Czech Republic and it was such a architecturally beautiful country with different styles from Gothic, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, and more. It was also the least expensive city I have ever stayed in. I would highly recommend staying at the Mosaic House hotel/hostel because of the amenities and nice accommodations. The beer is really cheap!
Finally, our last stop was Amsterdam, Holland. A mellow city with great tourist attractions, excellent dutch waffles, and the best fries (frites as the Dutch would call them) ever topped with mayo or joppiesaus. It was in this city, that I made a charming and lovely European friend at the Van Gogh Museum. The canal cruises takes you around the city while relaxing from all the walking around.
On the flight back home, I watched the movie “The Life of Walter Mitty” and instantly connected with it. It was an excellent movie to conclude the Eurotrip as I end this blog post with one of the lines Walter Mitty said that struck me. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”