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The Gang Goes To Europe

One bar chat that started with “what if went went to Europe…” actually played out. My roommate Jordan and I thought of a handful of countries we could technically see in two weeks, wrote it in a Field Notes, and plotted it in Google Maps. With a little prodding, Salfai and Dubbs joined, made adjustments to hit countries they wanted to see.

  • Meet at Toronto Airport (from Grand Rapids, MI & Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fly to Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Fly and rail to Budapest, Hungary
  • Fly and cab to Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bus to Munich, Germany, for the last Oktoberfest Saturday night
  • Rail to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Fly back to Copenhagen โ€” and home, if we all make it
  • Slice of Europe ๐Ÿ‘ in the bag

Copenhagen, Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

In Copenhagen we stayed at an Airbnb in the city, and we spent the time walking long the piers and eating at the market โ€“ lost most of the time in-between.

my illustration of copenhagen, denmark

Copenhagen is almost shockingly quiet for the size of it. Or maybe it was just our first experience being explosively loud Americans while visiting a Scandinavian country. My absolute favorite recommendation is to visit the Freetown Christiania, in the Christianshavn district โ€“ an area of the city that governs themselves.

Budapest, Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

In Budapest we stayed at the most wild and social (and cheap) hostel I’ve stayed in โ€“ Sziget City Hostel. They invited us to cruise the channel between the magnificent buildings on a boat with free drinks. The next day was a steam bath and mountain hike…in that terrible order.

my illustration of budapest, hungary

Prague, Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

In Prague we saw architecture that I can’t even describe. I also went to the most [literal] underground bar of my life.

my illustration of prague, czech republic

Munich, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

We went to Munich with the only event we registered for: Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest. The one with the most beer you’ve ever conceived, the most packed multi-story tents, and the most heel-kicking table songs. And it’s all true.

my illustration of munich, germany

Amsterdam, The Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

We spent the longest duration in Amsterdam. The first couple days we stayed at a hostel in the Red Light District, but spend the last couple relaxing in a houseboat in a canal. I even visited my grandmother’s home village/town. Nothing can compare to that ending.

my illustration of amsterdam, the netherlands

We made it home, we want to go back.

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