Every time I go to Europe, I always find my way back to Berlin. I remember when I made my travel plans to see London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, I thought Berlin would be my least favorite of all the cities. Turns out, it’s my favorite city till this day. I feel very comfortable being there and I’ve learned a lot about this wonderful city.
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After a wonderful 3 nights in Barcelona, it was time to go to Madrid as the last city on my trip. I decided to take the Renfe train which was fast and comfortable. I will say, I feel very lucky that everywhere I went, the weather was really nice except for the last day in Barcelona. As soon as I made it to Madrid it rained all day and night. Being that I was only there for 2 nights, it completely killed my first night experience. What made it even worse is that the Hostel I picked (Generator Hostel) was a complete corporate styled Hostel. The best way I could describe it was feeling cold. It’s the reason I opt out of staying in Hotels and the only difference was that you shared a room. So my first night, I slept and did nothing in my Hostel.
There are many motivating factors for people to travel. Experience different cultures, try new foods, make new friends and the list goes on but as humans we are very visual. With every person having a camera on their phone, we are all amateur photographers and we spend a lot of time looking at images of all variety and if you’re into traveling, you’re looking at pictures of cities and landmarks. This is normal to run into especially when you have a place in mind to go to but you want to research it more. No problem, go on Instagram for pictures or Google Images to see what these places look like. One thing has become very evident after traveling to some of these places, a lot of pictures that are floating around are edited.
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After 3 nights in Porto, I caught a short flight to Barcelona. I felt pretty rested so I was ready to take on my next 3 nights in Barcelona. By time I landed and got settled in my hostel it was the late afternoon so I decided to see what activities my hostel offered, find dinner and meet new people. The hostel I chose to stay at was Fabrizzio’s Petit and I have to say, out of all the hostels I’ve stayed at so far in Europe, this was my favorite. From the first moment of walking through, the staff was incredibly welcoming. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The first night was Sangria night and most of the people in the hostel met up for drinks and conversation. It felt like the united nations with all the people from different parts of the world. After having Sangria at the hostel, some of us went to a local bar to have more drinks and hang out. Overall, it was a great time and I met a lot of like minded people.
Jennifer R. is a French woman I was lucky enough to meet while I was traveling in Lisbon. We happened to be part of the same walking tour and spent a couple of days together which allowed for us to get to know each other very well. I found her life perspectives to be interesting and overall she’s a great woman. I’m proud to introduce such a special person to my readers.
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I came across Radhika’s blog by chance after finding her article about Berlin and her take on the city. I always feel like the city isn’t talked about enough as a city to visit in Western Europe so it was nice to see her perspective on the city and why she likes it (Click here for her article). I’m happy to introduce her to my readers.
Click Here to see all my Photos from Budapest. Photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix TZ-70.
After a short 2 night stay in Berlin, I unfortunately had to setup a short 2 night stay in Budapest. This means I had to try and make the most of it. I had booked a 2 night stay with the Wombats City Hostel because I’ve stayed in the ones in London and Munich and enjoyed my stay. Also it’s in a great location and easy to walk to all the tourist sites.
Tomorrow I fly out of Newark Airport for my 16 night Euro Trip. I’m going to 4 countries and 6 cities (Berlin, Budapest, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Madrid). I decided to share what I have packed for this trip.