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…

Spending Time in Salzburg, Austria

Spending Time in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria While not originally in my plans, Salzburg was only a couple hours’ bus journey from Munich.  I had heard good things about it and decided it was a good opportunity to experience the Alps as well as another country! Once again, the weather during my time in Austria was divided into two categories-cold and rainy, and sunny and warm.  Luckily, I was able to do a lot of the indoor sightseeing during the crappy weather, so my plans weren’t hindered too much. Hohensalzburg Fortress Perched high up on…

Back to Chicago! Travel Reflections

Back to Chicago! Travel Reflections

While I normally try to keep my posts in chronological order, I decided to break from this trend briefly to chronicle the end of my journeys. It was a bit weird to fly into O’Hare airport and arrive back into the city of Chicago, my home for the 3 years before I left to travel.  It was like deja vu, things were familiar, yet different at the same time.  Hearing American accents everywhere was also a bit shocking, although I was eased into it a bit by the many Americans…

Munich

Munich

I haven’t been able to post in the past few weeks, as I’ve been busy soaking in the sights and sounds of Europe!  I finally had a chance to relax a bit now that I’m in sunny Croatia, so here goes my recap of Munich! Munich Munich was my first real impression of Germany.  Even though I flew into Frankfurt, I took a bus down to Munich shortly after I landed in order to make it for the last weekend of Fruhlingsfest. First impressions of Germany after travelling in India…

Munich’s Fruhlingsfest, Oktoberfest’s “Little Brother”

Munich’s Fruhlingsfest, Oktoberfest’s “Little Brother”

Munich’s Fruhlingsfest, Oktoberfest’s “Little Brother” When I decided to spend the Spring in Europe, one of the first things that I did was look up the different festivals and events that would be occurring in order to plan my trip around the ones I was most interested.  I came across Munich’s Fruhlingsfest, which means “Springfest”, and discovered that it occurs every Spring from mid-April to the first week of May and is a celebration of the arrival of warmer weather. Unlike Oktoberfest which takes place in almost every city in…

Reflections on India

Reflections on India

Reflections on India I’ve had a couple of weeks since leaving India to process my nearly two months of adventure throughout the multi-faceted country.  India was without a doubt, the most unique place I’ve had the the opportunity to visit.  I had so many crazy experiences, some extremely good, others not so much.  I alternated between expressing my love for the country and wanting to rip my hair out in frustration.  Other people whom have been to India have said that they have a love/hate relationship with the country, and…