Monthly Archives: August 2002

First Clubbing Experience – Gatecrasher in London – London, United Kingdom

I just had the most excellent experience. Last night, James, Kirsty and I went out with 25 other kiwis to a club called Heaven. The event was called Gatecrasher and the DJ was Paul Van Dyk.

After a scrumptious dinner that James made us we made our way on the tube to the club. I was nervous and excited at the same time as walked in. People were dressed up in the craziest costumes but somehow it all seemed to fit. There were three major rooms with different atmospheres and music.

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London Life – London, United Kingdom

The ferry ride to London was surreal as Steve and I sat watching a wall of TVs playing music videos, eating McDonald’s (mcds even on ferries?), and finishing up what goodies we had left from Amsterdam. They have movie theatres playing Scooby Do and Spider-man. It was like a floating mall resort type deal. I wondered how many people commuted on a weekly basis on this contraption.

I am now in London and it has been wonderful. I met kiwi Kirsty at the train station where I said goodbye to Stev read more

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College Town Hospitality – Utrecht, Netherlands

My apologies for not keeping up as I should…I have lots to tell! The longer I spent in Amsterdam the more I enjoyed it. I was there a week and I got lost a ton which really helped me to get to know the place. I met so many great people who made my days and nights so exciting. I really enjoyed Boom Chicago, Anne Frank, Huis Marselles photo gallery, the coffee shops, the canals, the cat that lived in the library, even the dealers on every corner trying to sell cocaine or ecstasy started to blend read more

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Crooked Buildings and Fairy Friends – Amsterdam, Netherlands

My last few days in Amsterdam was so much fun. I met so many people. I had a wonderful talk with Fabio and his Italian friends about dreams, romance and passion. I found a great CD store where I found an amazing compilation called Utopia. Its a mix of a bunch of movie theme songs with some classical for good measure.

I found the most magical little Fantasy Fairytale shop with trolls, fairies, dragons, wishing wells, and magic mirrors. I hope that this cheered up my fairy loving friend Cal read more

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Dam Square Comedy – Amsterdam, Netherlands

I am still in Amsterdam and I have been having a great time. Yesterday, I sat in Dam Square and watched all the street performers. There was a Jim Carry, a Medieval Warrior, and other clowns of sorts. It was very much a carnival atmosphere. I was amazed at how friendly the police were. They were just standing around helping tourists, giving directions and showing them how to feed the pigeons.

There was a silver painted sax player who would play you a song if you put money in his silver pa read more

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Red Lights and Musuems – Amsterdam, Netherlands

On the train out of Germany, I found my my mood getting lighter. As enjoyable as it was, the history was quite heavy so it was nice to see cornfields and windmills. The countryside changed quite drastically in a short time. I was playing a very lucky game of Yahtzee in which I got 4 Yahtzee’s in 2 games! Michelle didn’t want to play games any more with me after I had already kicked her butt in Gin so I decided to study the scenery.

There were fields of green and farmers tilling their land. read more

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Lost Wallet Returned! – Berlin, Germany

I really liked Berlin especially the fact that it wasn’t raining. The sightseeing was quite tiring but the hostel was top notch. I ate the biggest pizza in the world (little pizza joint across from hostel) with Greg from the US…it didn’t even fit on the pan.

I went and visited the Berlin Reich stag, the new German political building, with Sandra a teacher from Canada. Have I mentioned how many teachers I have met along the way? I think that probably 50 percent of the people I meet are teache read more

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The Horror of Hatred – Berlin, Germany

Yesterday, I took a half hour train to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. It was very large and I found out while I was doing the self-guided audio tour, that this was a `model` that they used during the war to build other camps from. There were barely any tourists on this hot sunny day as I passed through the gates that over 220,000 people once entered to endure this horrific place.

There were two barracks still standing which housed extensive information of what it was like living there read more

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Haunting History – Berlin, Germany

I am now in Berlin and the sun did come out the minute I got here. No problems on the train and this city has been untouched by the flooding except that they are overrun with people trying to escape the floods.

The hostel I checked into is called the Circus and its pretty innovative. Everything, and I mean everything, was Ikea and they used cardkeys for the rooms. It was definitely the most modern hostel I have been in thus far. Not to mention the staff who were helpful and polite, more o read more

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Escaping the Flood – Dresden, Germany

On Sunday, it started raining again in Cesky Krumlov. I had planned to leave on Monday anyway and its a good thing I did. All the taxis and buses stopped running and the water was gushing threatening to take out the bridges. You got the feeling that things were getting out of control. I was glad to get out and onto the train.

I actually left a few hours early hoping I could get an earlier train but no, I ended up waiting in a traditional Czech pub drinking 40 cent beer and playing pool. Mu read more

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