Most Excellent Journey

While setting up the travel site (3 months ago..) I have neglected this site. To see what my boyfriend and I have been up to the last 4 months, visit our website.. mostexcellentjourney.com which I am proud to say I programmed (with a bit of help from Brendan of course). We have photos, maps, and a blog.. and you can even subscribe to get emails of our new posts! Happy reading.

Travel Blog

I know I promised a blog right when we left for our trip.. well…. it has been a bit harder to get internet than we expected, and I had some problems finding a working computer before I left. BUT I promise that it is on its way!! I am being taught web design as I make this blog, so it is taking a bit longer, but it will be worth it! I will send an email with the URL as soon as its ready.. Hopefully within the next week. =) Hope you all are doing well.

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10 Days and Counting

I have only 10 days left of my college career as I know it! I can’t believe this semester has flown by so quickly. It has been a whirlwind of classes, tests, and papers, but it is finally coming to a close.

And what shall start the next chapter of my life? I am planning a long trip with Brendan, my boyfriend. We will start off on December 27th by flying out to San Fran and then Tahoe for New Year’s to visit San Fran friends and people Brendan went to school with at Berkeley. From there we will go to Washington D.C. with his family for a few days and on January 8th, we will leave from NYC to Santiago, Chile where the fun really starts. From there we will travel over land to Buenos Aires and north to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with small stops in between. We will be in Rio for Carnival and then leave on February 6th for the next leg of our adventure.

We fly to Tokyo next for 18 hours then on to Singapore. From here we will be traveling over land through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam to China where we intend to take a train through the country and end up in Beijing. From there we will hop on the Trans-Siberian railway and venture through Mongolia and Russia ending up in Moscow. From here, we’re not quite sure where to go.. It depends on how much money we have left and where we have friends/ cheap places to stay. Click here for a map of SE Asia..

SO if you have any suggestions or contacts for me I would love to hear from you!

Bretzel = Pretzel to the delicious power

I LOVE the German pretzel. It may possibly be one of the best parts about the food here.. especially when hot out of the oven. YUM.

The other food here is very heavy–usually consisting of some large cut or portion of meat with gravy and some sort of potatoes. It is good, but wow.. its a lot! Luckily we’ve eaten a lot of Italian food which is absolutely amazing here! (and of course lots of bretzels)

For breakfast, we have soft boiled eggs each day with bretzels and rolls (that are also to die for) and salami. Usually we don’t eat lunch.. perhaps an espresso or an eis (ice cream). Then we eat dinner around 8 or 9pm and enjoy another espresso and some “Schnapps” which is what they call almost all kinds of liquor here.

German wine tasting

So I wrote earlier about my wine tasting experience in SF, but this was COMPLETELY different! We drove about 2 hrs to the western part of Germany and stayed in a quaint little village. By quaint I mean quaint.. Mikey and I went to “explore the town” and got about 2 blocks before we found ourselves in the middle of a field. It was very cute though, and fit every picture you might have of a small town in Germany with the white houses and dark trim, bright flower boxes and terra-cotta roofs.

We went to a small winery where we sat at our own table and proceeded to taste 12 different types of German wine. Who knew they had so many different types! There was champagne and liqueur, white wine and red, sweet and dry. After the 5th wine, they brought out a spread of food… which included 6 different types of sausage-like meats that were very interesting-looking.. slabs of ham.. and finally raw beef to be spread on bread. This was by far the most interesting flavor I have ever tasted. Apparently there are some in the western part of Wisconsin that also eat such things, but it was shocking to me! As unappetizing as it may sound however, it was delicious and I elected to have more! We ended the night by taking two bottles of wine back to our hotel and drinking on the roof patio.