German Road Trip Baby!

Three buddies from New Zealand I took a road trip in Germany from Munich to Cologne. Also briefly popping up in three other countries on our whirlwind five night trip. We rented a sparking new beast of a car and set about seeing an average of 1.8 Christmas markets a day which helped me towards my goal of a solid German beer and Bratwurst diet.

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The Gang! Mannschaft Quattro

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Flying into Munich we ventured South into Austria, then up towards Frankfurt but made an impromptu turn into Luxembourg. Then on route to Cologne we missed our off-ramp so swung out wide through the south of Belgium.

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Considering we only had five nights, we saw a shit load. This list is missing two other stops in little German towns. Munich-Cologne direct should only take 5 hours to drive.

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Serbia – just dipping my toes

I saved money on my return flight to London by taking a 22 hour stop over in Belgrade. AKA free trip to Belgrade! We quickly discovered how cheap this place was so ate out at the most exciting and high quality restaurant that was close by. The food was amazing. I made the mistake of ordering shots instead of cocktails for one of the rounds which set the tone for the rest of the evening.

I guess I needed to slide down this ramp like a penguin at some point in the night

I guess I needed to slide down this ramp like a penguin at some point in the night

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Greecing through the islands to Athens. And a car sunk

We got into Athens two days late after missing a night in a hotel, hostel and a ferry ride due to flight delays out of Gatwick. Which I explained in my last post. Our next misfortune was missing our bus from Athens airport to the ferry port. Perhaps we missed it twice but it was no big deal as we had plenty of time before our ferry departed to Mykonos. Our next misfortune was our hostel failing to provide us the transfer from the port to the hostel. So we sat at the port for almost two hours until after two calls they finally showed up (Paraga Beach Hostel). This is where our long line of misfortune ended and the easy going good times rolled into our lives.

I like this photo

I like this photo

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Copenhagen – weed? no problem!

So we planned to fly from Gatwick airport in London at 7.20am and spend a few hours in Copenhagen on our stop over to Athens. What we really did was spend 17 hours doing a mini pub crawl through Gatwick on refreshment vouchers.  Our flight was delayed. At about 2pm made the call to rebook through the same airline on some ridiculous route with an 18 hour stop in Copenhagen, Denmark and a 7 hour stop in Helsinki, Finland.

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They use the word “knots” in Denmark so I really have no idea why there is a limit on knob around here. Anyone able to shed some light on this for me?

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Brighton Pride 2015 with a crazy, cripple beating, cam lady

Wow, super epic weekend down in Brighton with some amazing pals. So much hijinks. I wanted to share some of it with you. For starters I need to tell you about the bat shit crazy, x stripper, 49 year old, cam girl (those pay per view sites where the person gets all freaky with themselves) who lives with my man, Pete. I met Pete in Vietnam and he’s down from Scotland for the summer doing work experience in Brighton. Lovely man who has landed himself in the worst flatting situation I’ve ever seen.

For pictures of her semi nude go here:
http://istudio.com/247973/photos

To read about how she bet up her paraplegic, brain dammaged, x stuntman husband, Eddie Kidd and was jailed for five months go here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-23535011

The gang

The gang

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Norway – where I found a boulder to stand on over a 980m drop into the fjord

So life update! I officially have a girlfriend now! Wow. Didn’t see that coming huh. I’ve done very well too. She’s a beautiful Icelandic girl who also lives in Cambridge, named Hrefna. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. We met through our landlords assistant. Pretty unusual way to meet girls, I know, but I do like to do things differently. So Hrefna and I decided to take a long weekend trip to Norway. We flew early Friday with the intention of hiking Saturday, Sunday and returning Monday. These things never really go to plan though do they.

There was so many bad omens leading up to the trip telling us to stay home. It was becoming a joke. For example my ankle that I had surgery on in October started really hurting. To the point that I had to take pain killers to go to the kitchen at work. The weather prediction also said Friday-fine, Monday-fine and the two days we wanted to hike; Saturday and Sunday-serious rain. Hrefna was heading round to my place to get about 3 hours sleep before our early morning flight; it started bucketing down as she left her place so she arrived soaked to the skin and unable to bring the clothing items she was wearing. Finally one last minute warning had to be when Hrefna got locked inside the bathroom on the train! Obviously we still went for it. I can handle getting wet, but I was very worried about my ankle.

Pulpit rock down behind me with a stunning view down the fjord.

Pulpit rock down behind me with a stunning view down the fjord.

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A cliff before Pulpit rock

A cliff before Pulpit rock

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