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..And more beer (17.5.14)

Best day by far. Began with a visit to the Hofbräuhaus where we met some lovely Englishmen. One of the mates was on his honeymoon so of course they had to go out. And yes, I did indeed say mates. With being abroad and hanging out with foreigners, you end up picking up a little bit of lingo along with an accent. It sounds stupid, I know, but honestly, It’s kind of fun. And you can look back at it and make fun of yourself. “Why the f*** was I talking like that?”

We decided to pick up some FC Bayern München gear, considering they were competing in the Bundesliga championship. What better way to embrace a culture then sharing a beer while sporting the local football club. Let me tell you, Munich was HYPED for this game. Festivities, chants, and a sea of red flooded the city streets. It was quite the experience. Here’s Michael, Joey, and I after our freshly made purchase.

Finally it finished with us meeting some lovely Americans (have to get a taste from back home) and ending the night with a few beers in our hostel. Although our night wasn’t particularly extravagant, it was nice because I was surrounded by the people I wanted to be.

Tomorrow we’re off to Tbilisi so my internet connection may/probably will be scarce.

For Now, Prüst!

Alex

 

More Beer.. (17.5.14)

Although yesterday began with a slow start due to lack of sleep, it still ended up being a very memorable one! I made a return to the English Beer Garden that I had visited last summer while I was here. Unfortunately it wasn’t as “poppin'” as it was last time but I’m guessing thats I’m here in Mid-May rather then the high season of Late-June/Early-July. Either way, it was still a great time. You can never go wrong with liter beers, brautwüst, fries, and friends.

Not only is the beer garden phenomenal, but the walk there wasn’t half bad itself. It took about 30-40 minutes from our hostel for us to reach the park. On the way we passed many historic buildings, most of which we had no idea what they meant.

Today we’ll venture out to the Hofbräuhaus, a large house filled with women in ledehosen and of course, beer. I’ll keep you posted on what’s going on.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

 

Day One: Complete (15.5.14)

Today marks day one of our trek complete, and let me say we’ve accomplished a lot within the first 24 hours. Unfortunately, our journey began with a three hour detour of missed trains, premature exits, and wrong directions. Fortunately we were able to maintain our composure and finally reach our destination.

Our first night consisted of Cards Against Humanity, bar hopping, and lots of poor decisions that will end up being memories, most of which shouldn’t be discussed again. By the end of the night, we ended up taking pictures like the following:

(ended up being 7or 8 deep in these)

Tomorrow we have a wide arrange of plans including beginning with Pho in the “morning” (noonish) followed by a tour of the BMW Factory and of course the Beer Gardens. Who knows what will actually be completed, but I know we’re going to have a great time no matter what we decide to do.

Some ask about the loneliness of traveling but so far, I am incredibly grateful to meet/re-aquaint myself with friends like Joey and Brenna. Experiences like these with friends like them lead to life long camaraderies that I can’t wait to continue.

As for tomorrow, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

Departure Day (14.5.2014)

Finally, after all the waiting, departure day has arrived! Being the plane/airport aficionados Michael and I are, we decided to arrive at Dulles 3.5 hours before our flight was scheduled to depart. Incase you were interested, here is the link to track our flight (LH415).

Michael and I arrived around 6:45 and checked in on Lufthansa, and of course, being the anxious traveler I am, I payed no attention and walked straight up to the First Class booth. I guess the suit made me look good enough for first class.  After checking in, we swiftly made our way through security (and by swiftly I mean 25 minutes from check in to the gate). Matusaki on Concourse A was a must, almost like a new found tradition. 2 Veggie Rolls for me and some ridiculously expensive platter for Mike.

Our first stop is Munich, where we’ll be staying for three nights, almost like an extended layover. On the agenda is the BMW Factory, Beer Gardens (of course), and an undescribable amount of Bratwürst and liter sized Beers. If you have any tips as for things to do or places to go, please feel free to comment them in! We’re interested.

I’ll check back in when we have arrived and I have a few spare minutes.

For Now, Cheers!

Alex

Seven Days And Counting (6.5.2014)

Let the week countdown begin; seven days until our departure to Munich and eventually on to Tbilisi. 10:30 pm on the 14th of May, my friend Mike and I will be embarking on our first expedition as a team. Although we’ve talked about taking a trip together, this is the first time one has actually manifested to more then just wishful thinking. Some of you may ask “Why Georgia? That’s a random destination.” My answer to you is, why NOT Georgia? Deemed one of the top places to visit in 2014 by RoughGuides.com, Georgia is an up and coming nation rich in history and crawling with interesting people and cultures.


You could say I pack light..


And yes, I am the guy that packs a week ahead of departure. And yes, I am also the guy who packs the bare minimum (minus the new suit I will be donning during the flight). But, that being said, there are a few things I never leave home without. The following items I personally use and suggest for a traveler of any sort.


1) Electronic Adaptor by Tumi

    – As an American, anywhere I go the             electrical outlets will be different. This device helps me with any country I visit, and it’s all in one place.


2) GoPro

    – I made the error of leaving mine at home while on my Contiki European Whirl. While there, we white water rafted, snowboarded, zip lined, biked, and more. Needless to say I was disappointed about all the missed footage from the trip.


3) Moleskin Planner

    – You never know who you’re going to meet, and what better way to keep track of all your contacts then to write them all down in one place. I also use mine to keep track of my frequent flier mile programs, and of course keeping a journal, later to be shared with you.


While sitting mindlessly at work, I stumbled upon many different established travel bloggers, each with different stories and backgrounds. But one reoccurring theme between them was the fact that most of the bloggers fund their year round travels by travel blogging. I started doing some more research, attempting to find how-to’s and learning how much a travel blogger makes, and came to the conclusion that (hopefully) after I establish myself, I too will be able to travel years on end, working petty jobs here and there while also keeping a blog. Many aspire to have a huge mansion, a nice family, and a well paying job, but not I. Some day, I would like to live this lifestyle, at least for a few years.


Follow up on my blog, earn me hits, share the link, do what you can to help me achieve my goal!


For Now, Cheers!


Alex