Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crazy HOT!

Dubai is HOT. I mean it's really hot..........temperature wise. I guess we never looked into the temperature (or anything else) about Dubai before coming here. Apparently, August is the hottest month - temperature range, the low 32°C - the high 43°C but it really felt like over 50°C (in fact, we were told by a taxi driver that one of the days we were there, it was over 50°C). We have never experienced anything like this... I mean Australia gets pretty hot too but it's always quite dry. But Dubai in August is hot AND humid which makes it unbearable, like you are in a sauna.


.....and this is a country where female should cover up so it makes it even harder. I wanted to walk around in my bikini but no, I was wearing "respectful clothing" by covering my legs and arms (although big malls where a lot of westerners are, this didn't seem to matter but inside the mall it was like -5°C so you would want to cover up anyway)




Friday, August 15, 2014

Is EuRail Worth It?

Is EuRail Worth It?

We purchased Eurail global pass which is valid for 3 months (continuous travel, first class "saver" - which means you need to buy two to get a little discount) for 1,330 Euro per person before we started this trip. I wanted to see if it was really worth buying the EuRail pass so I've kept records of all our travels, cost for train tickets with & without EuRail pass.......Here is the summary.

Feelin' welcome in Zurich

Zurich is one of the most expensive places for accommodation that we've seen!
For $200, you can get a very basic room with no breakfast included, out of the city centre..
Zurich

Given that our budget was already unhappy with us constantly exceeding our limits in Europe, this was too much!

It was time for something different!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Budapest Recommendation

There are a lot to see and do in Budapest. We only had a few days but we managed to do quite a bit! Here are some of my favourites!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ticket line terror

We thought it would be simple - all we wanted to get was a simple train ticket reservation, using our EuRail pass, to go from Budapest to Zurich.
Budapest is very pretty


So, being sensible, we decided to get it done when we first arrived in Budapest, since we didn't want to waste our time there going back to the station to do it.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rip-off ridin'

Just a quick entry to warn others about the taxi experience we had in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the hope that others will be saved our financial pain..


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Packed with tourists - Prague

Beautiful city but this is too much!
No doubt Prague is a beautiful city. However the number of tourists here is so very overwhelming. It is exhausting to even walk around the old town.

So I have mixed feelings about this city... maybe I will try second tier cities in Czech next time....








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fun in Berlin!

So I really liked Berlin. It is a very interesting city, it's too bad we could only stay for a couple of days... this is another city I definitely want to come back to! And we are so glad we were able to catch up with Carsten! Thank you for a fun night ;-)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Trippin' in Poland


We entered Poland overland from Lithuania, our first stop was the capital of Poland, Warsaw. We arrived on the 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising and the city was packed with Polish people with their flags.

Kraków album

Photos from the beautiful city of Kraków....


Monday, August 4, 2014

Auschwitz

Auschwitz.. just the name itself conjures up a vision of horrors.
Entering Auschwitz I
One of the main reasons we went to Krakow, besides to see the city itself, was to make a day trip to the Auschwitz museum.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Warsaw Uprising!

Today, when we were walking around the city, there were a bunch of people in Warsaw sporting the anchor-like logo of the Polish resistance..