Friday, 25 November 2011 01:37

Jack and Chris

I didn't really do anything today except walk around the downtown area of Amsterdam.  I blame it on the second hand pot smoke but at the same time it was also very nice to just stay close to the hostel.  I checked out some of the head shops that are around to look for souvenirs for friends back at home and was surprised at the variety of things that they carry!  Some of these contraptions…

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Thursday, 24 November 2011 01:02

A'Dam Here I Come

I took the train from Hannover to Amsterdam today.  Thankfully Lennard offered to drive me to Hannover station which made the trip a lot more comfortable!  I also reserved a compartment for the ride so that I could sit in an area that's relatively private.  There are only six seats in the compartment and for the most of the ride to Amsterdam I had the lights turned off and had a nice little nap. I…

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 23:39

Seeing Good Friends in Rome

Yesterday was my last night in Rome and I saw some good friends that I had met while I was on Tenerife: Rosie and Gianluca.  Even though we only recently parted ways it was so nice to see familiar faces and to hang out for a few hours with them.  While I enjoy exploring and traveling by myself, I cherish all the connections and friendships that I've made in the past several months even more.…

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Being in Rome for just four nights is definitely not enough to thoroughly explore the city but I was able to see some of the important sights: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Piazza del Popolo, and Fontana di Trevi.  Two places that I did not have a chance to go during this visit were Castel Saint Angelo and the Vatican. One of the things I did see yesterday on…

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I have to admit that when I first booked the Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel online, I had absolutely no idea what I would be getting myself into.  All I knew was that it had 100% ratings and that was basically it.  On the map it seemed like it was super close to the airport and that transportation was convenient as well.  However, when I actually bought my ticket I found out there is actually two…

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Today is my final night here at the Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel and I really don't want to leave.  It will be difficult tomorrow.  Saying goodbyes is never something I have been very good at and this time it feels especially tough.  I have grown so close to these people: Francesco, Ferdinado, Luigi, Federico, Diana, Lucia, Marta, Daniel, and Francesca. Lucia and I will be heading up to Tenerife Norte airport and that will be…

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I just love going horseback riding.  I remember how excited I would get back in high school when I used to ride every weekend.  When I found out that there was a ranch here in Médano that offered trail rides, I knew that I had to go.  Then I found out more about Rebecca.  She used to be a German model and now she has retired here.  Rebecca lives in a very simple house without…

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My new friends Joe and Rick from Manchester left yesterday but before they did, we went around and sampled a bunch of different local fares.  Another one of the guys I met here at the hostel, Daniel, rented a car for his stay so we all went to Médano for lunch as well as to pick up some ingredients for chilli that I was going to make later that day.  We ended up at a…

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Last night after dinner we all just hung out in the out door common area and talked until the wee hours of the morning but decided that yoga at 8am would be a good idea.  It seems to be catching on this little routine of ours.  So this morning, right at around 8am the group congregated by the pool and we waited to go to the beach.  It was quite cool which is nice though…

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:19

The Celebration Continues...With Poncha

The day started out pretty much the same as all the others: sitting outside enjoying the cool air for the brief few moments before the sun becomes too hot. Of course yesterday wasn't going to be ordinary.  It was the continuation of Lucia's birthday celebration as well as Canadian Thanksgiving.  There was plenty of preparation to do but since this is Tenerife, there was no rush to get everything done. I thought about what I…

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