Two months ago, Tim and I wrapped up our Latin America leg of the journey and set off to conquer Western Europe in what was to be a lovely three week jaunt through some of the major cities between Madrid and Berlin before heading to our planned destination of Greece. We met loads of people, caught up with family and friends, and most of all, got to experience the ubiquitous “Eurotrip” in high season summer.
Flights and accommodation, as we found out, can be much more expensive than it needs to be if not planned in advance. So, as much as possible we came up with an itinerary and travel route:
Madrid (2 nights) -> Paris (5 nights) -> Belgium (3 nights) -> Amsterdam (4 nights) -> Berlin (2 nights)
A must see on anyone’s trip to Turkey
Featuring an unlimited supply of sour cherry juice, our new obsession.
About 10 minutes from where we are staying. There is never a dull moment on Istiklal.
A little bit of fun after having a few beers on the beach.
Our trip to see one of the world’s most beautiful abandoned places here in Bulgaria deserves a bit more dedication than I have the energy to devote tonight, but here is a glimpse of what we saw. It’s a building that resembles a UFO, which is completely abandoned and looted right down to the copper wires that once provided electricity to the place. What’s left is the skeleton of a conference hall along with mosaics made from rocks. Included in the images are important figures of Bulgarian Communist Party of the era, the fathers of Soviet communism, the all important workers, among other important symbols. More on this later.
Apparently this is the typical apartment building in eastern Europe
The Free Sofia Walking tour was a highlight. It ended as the sun was setting in front of this building.
It was not long after arriving to Sofia when we noticed there was an unusual amount of people using sign language around town. Turns out the Deafolympics was happening this week and we attended the closing ceremony yesterday.