Since I last posted I’ve traveled to 6 more countries. If you’re planning on visiting Europe on Study Abroad because you want to travel all over (one of my top reasons) you can’t beat Vienna. I mean, it borders 7 countries in the center of Europe and is a major city with an international airport, and an international train station, and great student bus system, and it rests on the Danube.
Since so much happened over the trip I’ll just give you a highlight (with pictures of course) from each country.
Slovenia was the first destination on the (in)famous 8 person, 2 car, 6 countries road trip. Unfortunately, we were only passing through Slovenia and only stopped at Ptuj Castle late at night. All my photos of here were accidentally deleted but it was definitely worth the trip even with the mutant spider infected bridge we had to cross.
After Slovenia we arrived in Zagreb the capital of Croatia. Here we spent a night in the club, in the rain and in the cars. Do not sleep in a car with 4 people. Not that it wasn’t safe, we were smart about it, but the cost of a hostel for 8 people is minimal and worth it. When we woke up before the crack of dawn we traveled to Plitvice National park which is on the UNESCO world heritage site list and for good reason:
From there we moved on to Split in Croatia where we had an actual AirBNB apartment set up which was wonderful. We finally got to lay down for the first time in over 2 days. After Split we split and went down the coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik or as you might know it: KING’S LANDING.
After Dubrovnik we headed towards Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Mostar there’s the “Old Bridge”. The story behind the bridge is that on one side of the bridge lived Christians and on the other side Muslims. The bridge was continuously being destroyed because the two sides could not get along but, it was constantly rebuilt because it was needed from travel and trade. Long story short- eventually times changed and the bridge has been up since 1994.
From Mostar we went to Sarajevo where we stayed in a lovely hostel right in the center of town. For me all of Bosnia was very interesting because of everywhere I’ve ever visited Bosnia is the place that has most recently been affected by a war. There are still bullet holes in many buildings and there are ruins everywhere.
After Sarajevo the next destination was Belgrade, Serbia which surprised our whole group. Unfairly out-shined by other European cities Belgrade has a very long and interesting history, a HUGE and beautiful city center, and (like everywhere else on our trip) wonderful food.
After Belgrade we got on the road once more destined for a hostel in Budapest, Hungary. Unfortunately, we only had a few hours in Budapest and were not able to fully appreciate it (I hope to make it back there before leaving).
From Budapest we headed back in to Vienna. Of course I’m leaving out the stories, jokes, people, dancing, arguments and other personal experiences that made this trip unforgettable but I don’t want to talk all day (and trust me I could talk all week about this trip). So, if you’d like to know more about any specific place, feel free to comment/message me!
The last place I’ve been to since last posting was Krakow, Poland but that will have to be a full post on it’s own since we were there for 4 days.