Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise

Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise

Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise Berlin, in my opinion, is one of the coolest and most hip cities in all of Europe.  There is definitely a different type of feel to this city as compared to Munich, Hamburg, etc.  There is literally so much going on here and I only scratched the surface during the four days I was there.  Attracting people from all over Europe, Berlin is a haven of culture, with artists of all types, from traditional art to the prominent graffiti scene.  Never have I ever seen a higher…

Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg After reuniting with my friend Carly in Amsterdam, I continued my planned travels back into Germany.  Next up on my somewhat clockwise path of Germany and the Netherlands was Hamburg.  Here I would have the opportunity to see Armin and Carolin, a German couple who were on the overland trip with me.  In addition to seeing all of the traditional sights in Hamburg, I was excited to spend time in the city where the Beatles first became famous. Armin and Carolin were gracious enough to let me…

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!) As I was relaxing in the evening at the home where I was couchsurfing in Utrecht, I perused Facebook for a bit.  When I was scrolling through my newsfeed, I saw a picture of my friend Carly alongside one of Amsterdam’s many canals.  Taken aback at first, I shot her a quick message and found out that she indeed was in Amsterdam!  It turned out that one of her college friends, Caroline, and her mother had booked a week long trip to Paris and Amsterdam to relax,…

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands I remember learning about The Hague, Netherlands while I was in school.  The International Courts of Justice are located here, and all international criminals and cases are heard at this location. Since like most of the major Dutch cities it is located in the Northern part of the country, and less than an hour by train from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, etc, I decided to add it to my agenda.  I also had a friend, Ward, who currently lives there, providing another reason to visit.  I had…

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Rotterdam when I arrived there.  During my time in Amsterdam, I had heard a few words thrown around in regards to this city such as “edgy”, “artsy”, “architectural marvel”, and “funky”.  After doing a bit of research on the city, I found out that it was almost completely destroyed by the bombings of World War II.  Rather than rebuilding it to mimic the old style, it became a blank canvas for Dutch architects to…

I AMsterdam

I AMsterdam

Amsterdam Amsterdam was one of the cities I was most looking forward to visiting in my European segment of my travels.  When I studied for a semester in London in Spring 2011, I missed out on visiting this iconic city, travelling to Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Dublin, etc instead.  Many of my classmates did choose to visit this city during that time and they had great things to say about the city (in addition to partaking in recreational cannabis use) Luckily, I had a good friend to stay with and…

Keukenhof Gardens- “The most beautiful spring garden in the world”

Keukenhof Gardens- “The most beautiful spring garden in the world”

Keukenhof Gardens When I began planning my trip to the Netherlands, the second thing that came to mind (after Amsterdam, of course), was tulips.  From learning about the Dutch at school, I envisioned fields filled with brightly colored tulips with windmills scattered throughout the fields, with plenty of rivers nearby.  Dutch people would be walking through the fields in their clogs, carrying wheels of cheese. Alright, I know that’s not the most realistic view of Holland today, but I would be lying if I wasn’t still hoping to see some similarities….

Cultured Cologne, Germany

Cultured Cologne, Germany

Cultured Cologne, Germany Cologne was another city that I hadn’t heard too much about prior to going to Germany.  My knowledge of the main Germany cities consisted of Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg, but I’m glad I spent a few days in this beautiful city.  It ended up being one of my favorites, along with Munich.  Cologne is world famous for its Carnivale during the Lenten season, and if I should ever make it back there, I hope to do so during that time.  It’s a week long celebration with different…

Baden-Baden, Germany’s Hidden Gem

Baden-Baden, Germany’s Hidden Gem

Baden-Baden After a weekend stop in Freiburg, where I was able to meet up with my friends Johannes and Phil, whom I met back in India and participated in the Holi festivities with, I decided to make a quick stop in Baden Baden on my way north towards Cologne. Baden-Baden is a small town located on the outskirts of the Black Forest, and mere miles away from the Rhine River, that marks the border between Germany and France.  Baden-Baden is normally a destination for the higher-end traveler, as the small…

Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour

Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour

Biking Through Salzburg- Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour I had heard great things about a few bike tours around Salzburg and how easy it was to go biking through Salzburg.  Wanting to do something different, and having seen the city and some of the smaller towns such as Hallstatt, I came across Fraulein Maria’s bicycle tour.  Named after the main character of “The Sound of Music”, the tours offered a alternative way to see the city and some of the famous sights from the movie.  Since it was supposed to be…