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Fifth leg–the way back

(The pictures are going to take a long time because they are stubborn files and I do not want to deal with them if i can help it.) Anyways, continuing on with the story, we got the car next morning and it was superb! Nearly no extra gadgetry and a supremely better size for our family of four. We got back on track, and even though we had to stay one less day in the next stop, it turned out fine. From there we headed to Brixen Bressanone, the tiny town that i will forever remember as being inhabited by the Bike Nazis (in the best way possible.) They were obsessed with biking and it just so happened that there was a biking festival in the town that day and everyone was on a bike. The next day was primarily driving and we drove through Brenner pass to reach Hall. i think it was that day that we saw someone dangling from a bridge and stopped for a quarter of an hour to watch him and his friends hurl themselves off of the bridge in turn connected to bungee cords. Those were the loudest screams I have ever heard in my life. Continue reading

The Head Owl


Am I ever going to post a fifth leg to my journey in Europe? Well I said I would, didn’t I? I intend to keep my promise and add a new post to finish my tale as well as fill in some details and even add more pictures for people with access to protected post passwords. I am extremely busy most days at the moment catching up with school and whatnot but I will do my best to slowly fill in the cracks.

Fourth leg–Croatia

Just in case you’re wondering if I am still alive, I have not had access to WiFi since I left Croatia, which was where I had planned to add the next leg to my journey but never got the chance. Now I will continue with my tale and I apologize for the extremely long delay. On the way to Croatia we made a pit stop to see a famous group of caves (the name of which currently escapes me but I could possibly remember if you wanted to know.) I myself am afraid of going underground but after a while I was forced to acknowledge how majestic and incredibly impressive the caves were. The next day we spent numerous hours hiking in a well-known wildlife park near the island of Krk. It was dripping wet and miserable. After the torture was over, we took the ferry over to the island of Rab and for the next three or so days waded in the Mediterranean, walked the ancient part of this city, and repeated that over and over in slightly different variations. Despite the repetition, Ran was extremely enjoyable and true vacation quality. After taking the ferry back to the mainland our tale took a turn for the worse. The car running on fumes and no civilization around for hours, we had no choice but to stop at a seedy little gas station. Miles later our car began to jitter and jerk. We drove on, hoping to use up the bad gas and refill with better quality as soon as possible but twas not to be. Continue reading


Third leg–Vienna

After taking a whole day to drive to Vienna, we collapsed into our rundown suite and chilled until nightfall. The next day we took the subway to the all year carnival at the city’s center and rode the giant ferris wheel, one of the starring symbols of Vienna (although I had never heard of it until that day.) For the remaining two days that we were there we visited churches and castles and even got the opportunity to meet for dinner with a few family friends and relatives. Here we have a spacious gallery of those three (technically four) short days. Continue reading


First leg–the flight

At five in the morning we left the house and endured a half hour drive to the airport. The first two hours of flight were fine. After a two hour break to switch planes and stretch our legs we boarded agin for four hours. Although still livable, the last hour and a half got me desperate to get off the flight. After landing we rushed to the new gate and boarded immediately. 3 hours passed. At home it was still noon but the sky was dark and sleepy due to the time zone shift. Although I attempted to follow my own advice in the going to Europe post and sleep, I just couldn’t do it. Earplugs and and an eyecover helped but there was still the matter of the uncomfortable position. For the first hour uncofolding the tray table and crossing my legs up on it allowed me to doze comfortably. After trying many more various and strange poses I finally ended up in an upright fetal position facing the chair. Finally sleep came. An hour after I woke up the plane landed and we left the airport and stepped into Frankfurt Germany. Continue reading


Heading to Europe!

Exciting news! I’m going to Europe! :D I have gone once before (3 years ago in May/June), focusing on lower Austria and Germany and a little bit of Italy, but this year we (my family) decided to visit someplace new. Unfortunately, we had a minor fluke with the overflow of animals we have taken in since our last trip until we found a house sitter to take care of them. With the trip back on, we will be flying for 6 and a half hours with two stops before the final leg (7 hours). In the interest of not carrying too much, we each only have one suitcase and backpack each for our three weeks there, but I’m not sure even a whole backpack of entertainment can keep one from screaming on a plane for 13  (roughly) hours. Continue reading


Happy Birthday to my best friend

Happy birthday Angel. I’m so glad I have known you since kindergarten. Who else could I have counted on for such best-friendedness in my times of need? At the risk of sounding mushy, I have prepared a poem to explain how much you mean to me. Just in case you’re wondering, I did not write the poem because I have no skills in the poetry area, but I wish I could come up with something like this for you on my own. I hope you have the best birthday you could possibly have and get everything you wish for. Continue reading