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24Aug/100

copenhagen beauties karina and anders! denmark

i was so pleased to reunite with karina and anders, the gorgeous couple i met in the patagonia! we had a few very funny days traveling and trekking together and apparently a photo of the three of us currently serves as her parent's desktop computer image (i got to even see it for myself). karina and anders are such dears! so is karina's family!!!

found out that the rumors of denmark being terribly expensive are TRUE. holy smokes taking the train several stops costs over $4 and groceries are perhaps four times the price of most european shops! nonetheless, it was so great to be in copenhagen for a few days-what a gorgeous place! i love that there are bike lanes and bike lights! the little mermaid was on tour to shanghai for the world expo though...i'll have to meet her next time i'm afraid.

21Aug/100

vespa tour and more, belgium

annelies took a day off and we went for a grand tour along the tree lined canals near bruges and damme. so nice to know the locals! we had a day of great weather as well! we also ventured to the atlantic coast and ate pancakes mmm...

21Aug/100

annelies in ghent, belgium

chavez and i met up with annelies in ghent-she picked us up from the train station and made us dinner. annelies and i traveled together in mexico and guatemala a few years back and i was lucky to have her put me up for a week. i was really impressed by the beauty of the architecture in belgium! i wasn't as impressed with the weather some days...

21Aug/100

beautiful bruges, belgium

spent the first day with chavez in bruges...rained all day but we were impressed by the train system in belgium. the trains are fast, clean, frequent, and not terribly expensive! and we finally got chavez some mussels (not in brussels).

the remaining days i spent wandering around bruges and meeting annelies for her lunch break from work. was sure to eat lots of chocolates, waffles, frites, and ice cream in the meantime. was even able to meet pj for lunch one of the days-he returned home safely from his long overland journey from south africa! go peachy!

21Aug/100

muscles in brussels, belgium

chavez and i took the bus from london to brussels and arrived early in the morning. we spent much time being lost in the station; it was a bus, train, tram, and metro station so it was difficult to figure out what was what! and anyone traveling to brussels please note that hostel and hotel check in begins at 2 pm! we were bummed about that. chavez eventually booked a nice place for us in the heart of brussels. we were absolutely astounded by the incredible architecture, particularly in the grand place and surrounding areas! mannequin pis was a bit of a disappointment though-he was so tiny and unimpressive...

we were also sure to get frites and waffles! chavez kept saying mussels in brussels but we waited until brugges to have some.

21Aug/100

holy smokes in london, england

i thought london would be cool but wow is it cool. so far i've only hopped and skipped to/from london for a few days at a time but i'm blown away: various world class (free!) museums, architectural icons, multicultural cuisine, superfly metro, parks...so much to see and do.

it's been nice to see dear pranav in between cricket matches and his busy life. he and i met in bali last autumn on the way to a lovely seaside resort.

my californian pal chavez met me in london and we spent two days trolling around and then made our way to sweet belgium! that girl...

16Aug/100

achill island and neighborhood, ireland

lesley brought me on a big tour about the west coast of ireland. i loved the moody weather, lush green hills, and spray painted sheep.

we met lesley's lovely friends jean and connor on achill island where we had some nice adventures camping, hiking, surfing, swimming in the sea, barbequeing on the beach and enjoying traditional irish music at the local pub. how lucky i was have such a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide! and authentic experience!

16Aug/100

west coast: sligo area and galway, ireland

lesley had weekends off and we sallied forth on road trips. the first weekend we ventured as far north as donegal and visited all sorts of sites on the way: the megalithic cemetery of carrowmore, the grave of w.b. yeats, the surf town of bundoran, castles, and beaches.

the next weekend we met up with lesley's friends who took us out wakeboarding in galway! we were so excited about that, although i sure was sore afterward...

16Aug/100

lesley! stewart! in dublin, ireland

i was so excited to meet up with lesley and stewart, a wonderful couple i had met in mongolia. they were the best hosts. we even went to see greyhound racing which made us laugh and laugh. lesley wasn't joking when she said they lived in a penthouse! what a treat it was to have my own room!

with all of the waterways, gorgeous architecture, bridges, parks and various free museums, dublin was a wonderful place to explore.

8Aug/100

istanbul, turkey

despite the place being completely overrun by tourists, i found istanbul to be a beautiful city. istanbul serves as the bridge, between europe and asia; the bosphorus strait comprises many of the picturesque vistas, as do the many ferries. the city is dotted with gorgeous old mosques, huge frenetic tourist markets, and lots of yum yums!