Sunday morning we woke up early to say goodbye to a few Monsooners whose trip was ending in Podgorica, and for the rest of us to head to Ostrog Monastery. It was an easy 15 minute walk to the bus station from our hostel, and then about an hour bus ride to the city Niksic. From there the 10 of us squeezed into two taxis which would wait for us and take us back to the station. It was hot and uncomfortable, but for only €20 for each taxi and this incredible monastery, it was well worth it.
Budapest captured my heart. I don't know if it was the rich history, incredible architecture, vibrant (but not overwhelming) night life, the breathtaking way the city lights up when the sun goes down, or perhaps just having two amazing Couchsurfing hosts who made me feel welcomed and shared their own love of the city with me, but something just drew me to the city in a magical way.
After months of planning and anticipation, the time has finally come to begin my year of travel. And it didn't get off to the smoothest start, buy hey that's part of travel.
The only two things I really knew about Venice before today was that it had canals and that it would probably be under water within a few years so if you want to visit you better do it soon. But as soon as I arrived, a massive bout of curiosity emerged. How was the city built? Why did they want a city essentially built on water? How much does it cost to live here? Does everyone who lives here own a boat?
A few days ago Erin and I decided we wanted to do a day trip to Pisa from Florence. When we asked the staff at the hostel about it, they said we really only needed a half a day, as the train ride was just over an hour and there wasn’t much to see in Pisa aside from the tower and the other sites in that square. Taking his advice, we decided to do the Uffizi Gallery in the morning then head to Pisa with two and a half hours to spend there.
But I'm sure as hell going to try and see it in a day - rain and tired feet be damned.
rin and I bought tickets for the Roman Colosseum online last night, allowing us to bypass the lines upon arrival. Being inside the Colosseum was absolutely breath-taking. It’s incredible to think that this was built in 70 AD and still has this kind of beauty.
Everyone I talked to about Italy said that Pompeii had to be given a full day. I knew you couldspend a full day exploring the archaeological site, but did I really have to? I mean I’m only in Italy for a week and there’s a lot I want to do. So after some research on transportation and opening hours, I created a hefty and ambitious schedule for the day.
Let me start this post by bragging on my brilliant friend Natalie. They were basically my personal tour guide today and is essentially a walking history book on Czechia. It was a perfect balance of getting to see the typical touristy things in Prague but also a more local feel to the city. I also appreciated their love for Prague. It's truly amazing how much someone sharing their love of a place can make you fall in love with it too.