2011 has reached its third month and I am planning to travel and blog about it again, very soon! As I looked at 2010, I’ve only spent a total of 4 months at home (in Montreal)… in February I went to Romania for a month, as soon as I was back I headed to Las Vegas for a WA Conference (more on that in another post). Than in early June I left for Europe… Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania (again), Ukraine and I even drove through Moldova… what a trip, 7 months of JOY for me. As I was flying back home from Amsterdam – I realized that I want to spend as much time as possible in Europe and maybe even move to Berlin or something…
In 2011 I’d love to be going back to Europe, not sure it will be possible though… 2012-2013 seems more realistic… and I will bring a working computer with me so I WILL blog about it more than I did in 2010. I will also try to do more videos Well, here are some pics from the 2010 trip, enjoy and I will keep you updated!
Palace of the Parliament - Bucharest
Nuit Blanche, Montreal
Park in Uman', Ukraine
In Krakow, Poland (with Greg)
Sunrise in Crimea, Ukraine
Prague, Czech Republic
Word Cup Fever in Berlin, DE
Koln (Cologne), Germany
A cool day in Brussels, Belgium
"in Brugges" Belgium
Boat tour of Amsterdam
Watching a football game in Ghent.
Famous Holland Waffels
Driving my car to a VW Fest in UA
After clubbing in Berlin, 8am!
Port in Odessa, Ukraine
I am finally back home to Montreal after almost 7 months spent in Europe. First of all – it was amazing. No regrets about anything, I wouldn’t exchange this experience for anything in the world. Now, less about me and more about things YOU could do when you travel.
I have used Couch Surfing pretty much throughout the whole trip (except Poland and Ukraine where I had friends and family). What exactly is CouchSurfing (CS)? It’s an online community of folks who help each other travel. People from all over the world offer you a place to sleep, free of charge. Why? Because they want to help, because they want to learn about other cultures, because they want to meet new friends… So basically before you go to a city, you do a search for available couches on CS then you sent requests to people you think you’d like to stay with. My experience with CS has been simply amazing! The Italian Alessio in Amsterdam, The German Mirjam in Brussels, The Russian DJ Andrei in Cologne, The Surf/Beach bum Bjorn in Berlin – and many others, all amazing people who did not only let me sleep at their place but also took me around town, introduced me to their friends and even got me pretty tipsy at times:)
At first my friends were freaking out when they heard I’d be couchsurfing. I was told that only pervs and freaks invite strangers to their house… well I guess not:) CS is free, people are generally very friendly and interesting and the experience is simply unbelivable! This is probably the cheapest way to travel, I mean you can’t get cheaper than 0$. So check out CouchSurfing, get a free account and start meeting people!