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Que Pasa?

Barrrrrrrcelona (roll your r´s!)

sunny 15 °C

Hola, amigos! This entry is straight from our new home in sunny Barcelona. We arrived here on the first, after reuniting with our lovely friend Steven after our Boekel adventure. We spent the first couple days in a hostel so we could apartment hunt. The two finalists (apartment-wise) ended up being a cheap one and a nice one. We picked the nice one (hey, after eating bread for a month and a half we decided to splurge on a place with enough beds...). Our apartment is already home for all of us, we love it! We live in a neighborhood called El Raval right in the city center, its eccentric and old and there´s all kinds of interesting shops and bars and restaurants, and especially vintage stores which is great when your are travelling in a group of five girls. We love shopping. We have also been joined recently by another Saskatoonian, our mandolin playing amigo Willy. We´ve all been enjoying the Spanish life pretty thoroughly, which generally encompasses hanging out on the beach (we even went swimming once! It was chilly, but we´re canadian, we can take it), checking out various parks, reading in the sun, cooking meals in our kitchen, and lots of exploring. Steven, however, has gone home to Saskatoon as of yesterday, bon voyage!
We´ve already seen lots of cool things as we slowly make our way through the sights of Barcelona. We visited La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi´s half finished masterpiece of a church, explored the quaint and traditional Spanish neighborhood Barcelonetta, walked down the boardwalks and docks of Port Vell (a lot), ate all you can eat sushi off a conveyer belt in a restaurant on the beach-well worth 12 euro, we´ll tell you what, poked around art markets, explored our new neighborhood, seen nudists on the beach, made friends with the shopkeepers across the street... all this and more in ten days! Just imagine what we will achieve in two months! We have also discovered the beauty of the siesta. We have also discovered the beauty in a country that is 15+ degrees and sunny ALL THE TIME even in December. All in all, we love Spain and hopefully Spain loves us back. And we love you all!
Until next time, hasta luego!

Posted by eurogirls 09:47 Archived in Spain Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (0)

Boekel!

The Little Town that Could

We spent last weekend in Boekel! A little town in the Netherlands where a bunch Irena's cousins live. We stayed with Ingrid and Peter and their kids Kadeem, Karim and Keenen, and they were ridiculously nice and accomodating. It was lovely to sit around and watch movies and get a home cooked meal. One night, we went to a family gathering with most of the Van Zutven family (a nine child family), and Irena got to meet what seemed like 100s of cousins! They're a tall bunch... Then, the young people got driven in a limo (!) to a 12 room club where we danced the night away. We also got to try croquettes, a Dutch delicacy that tastes like deep fried gravy, and friederlaaken, a Dutch hot dog, with mayonaise! The Dutch love their mayonnaise. After a local football game, a visit to a quaint cathedral, and some very tasty chocolate balls, it was a great visit. Thanks Van Zutvens!
out in Boekel!

out in Boekel!

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The Dam

The city of bikes and fun!

Oh, Amsterdam. As one long-hair told us, anything is possible in Amsterdam. The city itself is practically an optical illusion, with the bridges and canals everywhere it feels like its floating on the ocean. Our hostel was right in the center of the Red Light District, which was one heck of an eye opener for us small town girls, I'll tell you what how! We also met up with an even smaller town boy, our Friendly Mennonite Giant Steven, so we were quite the gaggle of Canadians, eh? There was sex shops, prostitutes, sketchy kebab shops and somewhat addled 20 year old guys as far as the eye could see. Some other fun things we saw in Amsterdam:
- The Sex Museum! A thorough history of... well... sex.
- On a walking tour, we saw the Old and New Church, learned a brief history of Amsterdam, and learned that houses are taxed by their width, so there is now a 1.9 meter wide house standing in the old town.
- Anne Frank's House
- NDSM, an alternative artists warehouse/very charming cafe we stumbled upon by accident. We took a ferry to the kind of scary industrial district when we found this little gem in a ware house. Google it, it was revolutionary. Plus, the cafe had good nachos.
- Albert Cyup Market, a giant market in De Pijp, the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam. We also found lots of interesting antique markets and alternative clothing stores, a very cool neighbourhood. Plus, we met Ton van Kleef, Irena's cousin! He was an extremely nice and interesting guy, plus he bought us all a round :).
- BIKES. So many bikes. And those cyclists don't slow down. In fact, on our last night in Amsterdam, Kirsten got hit by a bike, and hurt her knee, and suffered embarassment at the hands of laughing Dutch people.
- Bodycult, a tattoo place. Ask your own daughter.
Amsterdam charmed us all in its weird, free, crazy way. It really is like no where else on earth!

I Amsterdam!

I Amsterdam!


NDSM

NDSM


Amsterdam Sez Museum

Amsterdam Sez Museum


Clogs

Clogs

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Top 5 Failed Pick-Up Lines of Edinburgh

Scary but True

(side note: sorry its been so long, we had trouble accessing internet for the last week or so! But were back!)

5. You're eyes are like the ocean.
4. You sell clothes, wanna sell me a kiss?
3. Yelling "YOU'RE HOT!" as you nearly hit a girl with your car.
2. Word Free: Just grab a girl's face and try to lick her!
And the Number 1 failed pick-up line of all of Scotland:

1. You look like my cousin.

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The Scottish Experience

Haggis and castles and kilts, oh my!

rain 5 °C

G'day! we are currently stationed in the very sunny (not) but amazing city of Edinburgh. We arrived here on the sixteenth and are leaving tomorrow. We also went to a town called Dundee for a couple days which is about two hours away to stay with Kirsten's very nice cousin Jaimie and her extremely cute three year old daughter Sairse. We had a pretty eventful bus ride from Edinburgh to Dundee as one of the wheels actually fell off of our bus as we were careening down the highway. It gave us a lot of faith in the Scottish bus system, I'll tell you what. But hey, at least no one's head got chopped off... Anyways, we are back in Edinburgh after two very relaxing days in Dundee. We went to St. Andrews across the bridge from Dundee and witnessed some truly amazing sights by the shoreline, and pathetically spent several hours watching Disney movies. Hey, three weeks of travelling gets tiring! We've had a fantastic time in Edinburgh too, our second day was spent on a FREE walking tour of the city where we got to learn about and see all the most interesting and pretty sights in Old Town, which also happens to be where our hostel is. Other fun fact, our hostel room is up five flights of stairs. We love it. Other than that, we've seen some traditional Scottish pubs, sampled the cuisine (Scottish breakfast is fabulous), heard some music, and generally poked around this super rad city. PS Edinburgh castle is epic.
Things we've learned:
1) Edinburgh is actually pronounced Edin-bra/edin-burra...question mark?
2) It's not a myth. They actually do drive on the wrong side of the street. It makes crossing terrifying.
3) Thirsty? Tired? Grumpy? DRINK AN IRN-BRU! you won't be for long. (PS they're illegal in canada... not sure why...)
4) Scottish accents are actually harder to understand than the German language as a whole. They do however sound a lot more jolly than the Germans.
5) you know how it's always sunny in philadelphia? well its NEVER sunny (or warm) in Scotland.
6) Scottish toilets are for shit (hahaha get it?)

Things we've seen:
1) Every one of our group members almost get hit by a car
2) A ferris wheel next to a castle
3) A hair straightener available for rent in a bar bathroom
4) THE OCEAN! not to mention sheep, round bales, rolling hills...
5) a bus with three wheels.

We will be up bright eyed and bushy tailed tomorrow morning to board our 24-hour bus ride to Amsterdam tomorrow! Yahoo! Love you all!

Phone Booth

Phone Booth


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle


St. Andrews

St. Andrews

Posted by eurogirls 09:19 Archived in Scotland Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

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