Day 6, Wednesday – Amsterdam
Greetings from Amsterdam! What an amazing two days we have had so far. Were writing this post from the restaurant area of the St. Christopher’s Winston, in the heart of Amsterdam. There is awesome music playing and sports from all over the world on tv but I won’t let it distract me from this quick recap.
Starting early yesterday morning, we have been busy avoiding the more aggressive bike-riders while exploring the many canals of Amsterdam. Angel, our New Europe Tour Guide, brought us all around the city while giving us a lot of insight about what he calls “the city of personal freedoms”. After his tour we were free to explore the many jewels of Amsterdam – the Anne Frank, Van Gogh and Reich among the most famous museums and I AMsterdam as the iconic traveler photo op.
Today, in hopes of getting to see as much of the city as possible, we rented bikes and went to visit everything we missed yesterday. Amsterdam, like Prague and Berlin were, has been a wonderful experience. The bar has been set quite high for Paris. Au revoir, Until then!
Day 5, Tuesday – Berlin
Our time spent in Berlin was funky and fun, just like the city. The Bus2alps Northern Loopers explored the city’s rich history on the New Europe Walking Tour and got to see places such as the Berlin Wall, Hitler’s Bunker, and Nazi propaganda murals on the East Side. The alternative vibes in Berlin captured everyone’s attention as we discovered the East Side Gallery, the Alternative Tour, and the vibrant street art that appears throughout the city. Amazing dance parties were held on the pub crawl, and delicious currywurst was tasted in our short but sweet visit to Germany’s capital. Now, onwards to Amsterdam!
Day 2, Saturday – Prague
Day 2 of the Northern Loop has been filled with amazing sight-seeing around Prague. We started off the day by heading into Mala Strana to see the Kafka Museum by the riverside. Everyone was getting the giggles when they saw the statue fountains out front of two men peeing into a pool in the shape of the Czech Republic. I think the artist had a pretty straight forward message there. After the Museum, we all headed over to the John Lennon Wall to check out the amazing display of peaceful lyrics and colorful graffiti dedicated to the ideals of love and free speech. To know that the wall is not only a memorial to Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also to free speech and non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the Communist Regime really struck a chord with everyone there.
Just around the block, everyone crossed the legendary Charles Bridge, overlooking the Vltata River with castle views and displays of multiple vendors, artists, and musicians. We ate a 3 course feast and enjoyed a local lager for lunch at U Fleku. A lager so local, in fact, that it’s brewed right there on site! The true European beer hall style lunch gave us the energy we needed to make the trek up hill to the enchanting Prague Castle complex. Overall, it was an amazing day in Praha and we look forward to dancing our faces off to the best of 80s and 90s music tonight!
Day 1, Friday – Prague
After an overnight bus ride from Rome and Florence, we arrived in the beautiful city of Prague. We set out on a walking tour which showed us through Prague’s Old Town and we saw sites such as the world-famous Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter, and more. Last night we hit the town on the ClockTower Pub Crawl and everyone had a blast!