sarahblack: (Glam Christina)
Right now I'm in Prague! I'm safe and sound at a couch surfer's place, and I've been having a blast ever since Greece.

I spent an amazing day in Venice last Sunday - You will not believe the weather I got! At first it was cloudy, then it was sunny and nice, then it was cloudy again but with the added bonus of ominous thunder. A few random rain drops encouraged people to find shelter. Then it hailed for 15 seconds. After that it was like the heavens opened and all the water from everywhere just came pouring down in magnificent windy gushes! I got it on video... It was the most amazing rain I have ever seen.

During the 20 minute downpour I stayed put along with most of the crowd, enjoying the shelter, taking pictures and smiling at the craziness of nature. A few brave souls fought their way through the storm with umbrellas or ponchos as weapons. The occasional free spirit ran through the square with bare feet and bare chests - embracing the rain like an old friend.

Once it stopped raining the clouds lingered and a fantastic lightening storm entertained the crowd which was waiting for the next boat to the train station. I have never seen so much lightening! It was like a firework display!

When I arrived at the train station the clouds were disappearing and a rainbow could be seen in the distance. Through the train windows I observed the most stunning sunset I have seen in a long time.

But other than the weather - Venice was beautiful. I walked around, looked at bridges and beautiful buildings, enjoyed art at the Academie fine art museum and ate some delicious Italian food.

I didn't spend the night in Venice because my host lived about an hour and a half away from the city. It was a sleepy little town, and the view from his balcony was amazing. I liked being able to see a less urban side of Italy.

After Venice I visited Vienna. Oh, Vienna! It totally captured my heart. Especially Schonbrunn palace. My mother always talks about that place, and I completely understand why! It's amazingly beautiful. But I thought it was especially fun to visit it because of the history. My friend SigrĂșn lent my her DVDs with the Sissi movies - they're all about the Austrian empress called Sissi and her life. Very romantic! While I was touring the palace there were so many references to her and her life. Very cool.

While I was in Vienna I tasted genuine Vienersnitzel (yum!), Sacher cake from the Sacher hotel (double yum!), went to see the Hundertwasser house, the Karlskirche, the Belvedere palace, the Donau river, and generally walked around and appreciated the city. It was amazing. ♥

Anyway, I just got to Prague and I'm staying with a bunch of other surfers with a super nice host in a huge apartment in the centre of the city. The view from here is crazy amazing. I can't believe this is my life!

Iceland

Jul. 31st, 2012 05:00 pm
sarahblack: (Iceland)
It's so nice to be typing this on my own computer!

I'm in Iceland right now, but that's about to change this evening. I'm about to fly to Paris! And this time I won't be on my own. Thorri will be going with me. I can't believe I get to spend an entire week in Paris with him. It's such a dream come true after months of solo travel. ♥

The past few days in Iceland have been really nice. I've mainly been spending time with my family and Thorri, but I've also managed to make an appearance at one party, at a Christening, and at a couple of dance classes.

It's been wonderful to be able to play with my nephew, see my parents, my grandparents and my siblings, and just enjoy their company.

I was so happy to be able to see the girls at [livejournal.com profile] sigrundora's birthday party, and of course the birthday girl herself. I will have to remember to get her present to her when I come back to Iceland! I hadn't really finished unpacking it when I went to the party.

Being able to go to two dance classes was more than I had hoped I would be able to do, so I was ecstatic about that. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't know any of the steps and that I would just look ridiculous, but everything turned out wonderfully! It was so nice to catch up with my dance friends. ♥

I was really glad as well to be able to attend the Christening of my childhood friend's baby girl. I attended her wedding in January, and I would have been really sad to miss the Christening of her first child. Turns out she named her baby girl after herself. (It's kind of a tradition in her family. She's named after her mother, who is named after her mother!)

Anyway, I really need to run to the swimming pool right now. Next time I post I will probably be in France!

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