So the dreaded and aweful finals week came and went. One day to relax, recooperate, and prep for christmas break vacation euro-road-trip! It all started with a packed 2 hour train ride from salzburg to Munich, this train was so packed that Heidi and I had no seat and spent a part of it on the aisle floor. Then, in the Munich trainstation, we met up with our classmate Hanna and and jumped on a night train to Amsterdam! Hanna booked her ticked a week or so after we did but still ended up in the sam sleeping compartment!
Here is a picture of Heidi in her top bunk in the train!
Something like 10 hours later we arrived at the Amsterdam Central Station.
Amsterdam was a really cool place, lots and lots and lots of bikes, lots of people from all over the world, so many canals and boats! I think Amsterdam is one of my favorites out of the big cities I have been to.
After some breakfast in the morning, a cup of coffee and some wandering around, it was time to drop off our bags and check into our boat. Yes, you read it right, a boat! The hostel we stayed at was on a boat! It was super cool! Small space for a lot of people but a unique place to sleep.
This is part of the boat:
So many canals and boats and bikes.
One night, Heidi Hanna and I went on a light tour on a boat through the canals. The city had a lot of art instalments using lights and projections, unfortunately, pictures just dont do it justice ;)
We found a really good Thai restraunt, and Flower markets and all sorts of stuff like that.
Here is the tree infront of central station:
After two days of just Kyle Heidi Hanna, my parents were flying in! Hanna left for Solo traveling around Europe, and Heidi and I went to the Airport to pick up my Parents! I was so excited and happy to see them :) So Happy!!
It was great to be with them, we got the rental car and then spent the day walking around Amsterdam, nothing too crazy, just wandering around, seeing the sites, the canals, eating food and getting a feel for the city.
Momma loves Santa:
Doors to a chapel in a courtyard that didnt open so we took the opportunity to pose for an excelent picture:
Then we went to the beach town of Katwijk, about 20 min outside of Amsterdam. These three wonderful people were jet-lagged so a restful night was in order before another day in Amsterdam:
The next day was some of the same stuff, with the added tour of the Anne Frank house and Museum.
Here is a picture of us at wrond door, Anne Frank lived one door over:
Here is a picture of Pappa, Heidi and I on the coast of Holland before heading inland for the rest of the trip:
Next Stop, Antwerp and then Ghent for some Christmas Market touring and Church visiting. Here is Momma and Pappa experiencing their first christmas markets of the trip:
All of these towns were very pretty, with some of the old building very rustic looking. I am usually used to the big old builings like cathedrals and town halls, but in these towns, there were lots of old buildings that looked very original or old.
Then, to Lebekke for the night. When we finally found this place after a few construction detours and GPS mislocation, it was a cool place. Huis-Elf is a communal space in a refurbished barn that Bruno and his wife have on their property. Although we were the only ones staying there that night, the place seemed to be able to host very large groups.
Upstair is one big room with a few big carpets and a bunch of mattresses on the floor, with the remnence of even more, with pillows and blankets and chairs piled on the side. Heidi like the hammock!
Seriously, everytime she was up there, she was in the hamock!
And here is a look at the kitchen, nothing fancy, but enough to work with:
Momma and Pappa in the dinning room, looking at a map from his previous European travels. (if you look closely, you'll see Bruno in his house, across the courtyard.. Spotted!)
And Bannana-grams, the game that has become a nightly routine on the trip! So much fun:
Next, to Brussels before leaving Belgium and heading to Germany!
We started in The Grand Place, the major square in the center of town and then worked our way through the christmas markets:
There was a really cool, old, intricate merry go round, with very interesting and mechanical things on it.. even a rocket that lifted a crying boy up out of a hold in the roof:
More Christmas Market:
And then, as we were making our way back to thecar, walking through the Grand Place again, a light show with music started as we were walking though.
It was so cool and fun to see all of the sides and corners, light up in all different colors so precicely and uniquely and in-sync with the 15 min of music that went along, truely like nothing I've ever seen before!
And then to Cologne for some sleepy travelers:
It is really fun to stay in places other than hotels, much more homey and you can cook for yourself and its fun to see how people live! The place we stayed in here had a shower in the kitchen/bedroom:
More Bannana-grams, I think I won both rounds this night:
We headed to the trainstation to send Heidi on her way. It really was wonderful to have her along for the first part of our trip!
After Heidi Left, we walked around and inside the magnificent and huge Cathedral of Cologne. And did some more touring, including the Christmas Market, But it was very very cold and windy so it was a quick tour:
After Cologne, made our way to Bonn..
And then finally, tonight, we are in Koblenz, with an absolutely awesome view:
And a pretty good living room to sit out of the cold and wind to enjoy the view or write and dowload picutures into a blog ;)
This is only the beginning of the trip, so there is definetly more to come, don't worry... Also, it's getting late, and I dont want to check for mistakes, so goodnight.. Peace :)