Family Eurotrip: Munich, Vienna, Venice & Florence

My parents, sister, and my sister’s boyfriend came to visit me here in Munich a couple days before my birthday. We started out with a Bavarian breakfast here at my house, and afterwards I showed them around Munich’s small DT area, went up the tower, and walked around Olympiapark. The next day we went to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and at night we ate at the Hofbrauhaus… but we got some really sad news there… Thankfully we were able to stick together.

The next day we went to Vienna. We walked around the main DT area and saw some of the main sights. For my birthday we rented some bicycles, went to the carnaval, and later jumped into the Danube river. We had an amazing lunch (a schnitzel that was bigger than my plate!), and that night we went to a Mozart Concert at one of the famous venues.

Afterwards we went to Venice, and checked into this amazing little apartment near the huge white church. We went into the elaborate Cathedral, and also took a Vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal. After a nice lunch/dinner, we were able to grab a Gondola right before they raised the prices for the evening rides. Aftwerwards we just got lost in the west side of town, and made it back to our apartment to enjoy some wine and some air conditioning!

The next day we went to Florence and also checked into this great apartment that was just a 2 blocks away from the main plaza. We had some CRAZY sandwiches at All’Antico Vinaio, and walked all around the downtown area. We enetered the Uffizi museum, saw the famous David statue, went up the Duomo & tower, and finished out day at the best view in town, Plaza Michelangelo.

Had the best time with them, and the trip couldn’t have been better (except for the bad news we received in Munich 😥 )… I feel so lucky to have such an amazing family! Now back to studying and time to finish my Thesis so I can return to Mexico…

-Eric

Budapest Weekend Trip

As usual, we started the trip with the free walking tour to get a good short intro to the city. We saw pretty much all of the Pest side of the city, and ended up at Parliament, which is definitely most intrinsic and beautiful building in town. Afterwards, we had some great hungarian food and took off on a night boat ride on the river. After a couple drinks, the tour ended, and we headed back to the apartment that we rented. Then we went to one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to: Szimpla Kert. It is one of the “Ruin Bars” of Budapest. These bars are built in the old Jewish quarter in the ruins of abandoned buildings. The neighborhood was left to decay after WWII, so it was a perfect place to develop an underground bar scene.

The next day we headed over to the other part of the city across of the river, Buda. There we climbed our way up to the top of the hill, saw the castle, cathedral, and the fisherman’s bastion. After that, we headed over to the Gellért Baths & Spa. It is full of thermal waters from Buda’s mineral hot springs. The 35 °C water contains calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulfate and fluoride. There were also  saunas, plunge pools (ice cold water), steam rooms, a wave pool, and an effervescent swimming pool. It is possibly the most relaxing 4 hrs of my life! Later that night we went to another popular Ruin Bar called Instant. A lot of fun as well, although my favorite was the other one. After just those 2 nights, I can tell Budapest has an amazing nightlife. Our last day we just went to the Heroe’s monument, walked around the park, and also went in the Contemporary Art Museum. Great weekend trip with the gang!

-Eric

Prague Weekend Trip

Went to visit Wally in Prague to celebrate his bday last weekend. It was crazy! Great food, great beers, and great bars/clubs all weekend long. For food we had the fried cheese, pickled cheese, czech goulash, and svickova… and for the beers, I think we pretty much tried them all. The city is so cheap! A beer costs about 1-1.50€ in every bar. We took the Sandemans walking tour in afternoon, and the city is so beautiful, but for a very disturbing reason. It wasn’t bombed in WWII because it was Hitler’s favorite city, and he even maintained the Jewish Quarter perfectly because he wanted to turn it into a museum of the extinct race. He was one crazy bastard… Anyways, beautiful city, and they even have the largest castle in the world. Awesome awesome weekend with the guys.

– Eric

Prague – Weekend Trip

Haley and I took a weekend trip to Prague and stayed with our friends Hector and Meagan. We went to the Hemingway bar (for some amazing Absinthe & Cuban cigars), Usudu (awesome bar), the Ice Pub, U Parlamentu (the best Czech food), and the Strahov Monastery restaurant for the best beer. We saw most of the city’s highlights such at the Tower in the main Plaza, the Castle, Charle’s Bridge, and the amazing view from the Metronome.

-Eric