Fourteen days. Five countries. Entirely not enough sleep in between.
BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND
Our 16 hour layover left us just enough time for a quick dip at the Blue Lagoon. Perfect therapy after a long day of travel.
We took our sweet time floating around with clay on our faces and champagne in our hands (well, cider for me) before we took our $90 ride back to the airport.
Stockholm took me by surprise.
It was just another random layover to add to the list, and we were completely unprepared on what to do.
We were wildly impressed with the architecture in this city. We found so many clusters of colorful buildings with lines of tiny cafes underneath. While walking along the river, we found tons of incredible cathedrals and even stumbled across a modern art museum that had an amazing collection of photography.
After a long day of exploring, we tried to find some authentic Swedish food. But after being greeted by a bunch of snooty people at fancy restaurants, we found ourselves in an American bar and made friends with our waiter, SImon, who was thrilled to try out all of his "kick-ass" American phrases on us.
MUNICH, GERMANY + NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
Coming to Munich was the entire reason we planned this Europe trip. We've been dying to go to Oktoberfest.
Unfortunately, we got here two days too late. Apparently Oktoberfest doesn't happen in October??!? But that's okay, we had a good laugh about it while we sat in a biergarten having a few beers and brats void of the crazy crowds.
We spent the rest of our evening huddled up in the corner of our hostel bar, drinking ciders and watching Netflix while a group of guys unsuccessfully tried convincing us to go to the club with them. Leave this cute bar where I can sit and comfortably watch Netflix in a corner? It's a no from me.
The next day, we took a train to the Neuschwanstein Castle. We hiked up the hill under cloudy skies, all the way up to the bridge where we caught the famous postcard view of the castle, nestled above the trees. We may have missed our timing with Oktoberfest, but our visit here was perfect; just in time to see the leaves change colors. My favorite.
Ah, I can never get enough of this city.
Sometimes the streets smell of urine, sometimes of chocolate croissants, sometimes both. It's the best.
On our first night, we were able to catch a Hippo Campus show (my fucking favorite band ever) and because they were performing in a city where they are still a little unknown, we had front row seaTS BABY. One of my favorite HC shows yet. There's something really special about the way I can't understand these Parisians in conversation but we can sing every word together at a show. Music is universal, man.
It was Natalie's first time in the city and I loved getting to see her experience this place for the first time. We played tourist for the day - we wandered the Montmartre district, ate candy by the Eiffel Tower, took selfies with Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and saw the Notre Dame. We ended our day by sitting on the rooftop bar at our hostel, drinking ciders (again), wondering how the hell we got this lucky in life. We took our time up there, enjoying the weather and writing postcards to our loved ones back home. I wish they could all be here.
DUBLIN + HOWTH, IRELAND
We really saved the best for last, and we didn't even know it.
First stop: Temple Bar. One of the top tourist spots in Dublin, a title well deserved. We sat inside while the live band played a few familiar songs, and had some bloody mary oyster shots and ordered a few sandwiches that were damn good. We loved it so much we came back a second time.
On our second day, we boarded a bus that took us out to the Cliffs of Moher.
On the way, we stopped at a gas station entirely dedicated to Obama. Turns out, the Irish love the Obamas as much as I do.
When we finally got to the cliffs, we were instantly greeted with heavy winds. We walked along the trail, struggling to maintain our balance against every gust that threw us back. The wind was so strong it literally broke the pringle in my hand and flew it off the cliff (tragic). Regardless, we freakin' loved every minute here. Our hair cannot say the same.
On our last day, we took a taxi out to Howth and took a hike along the Irish hillside. We were led by the sweetest guide, who took us through all of the ancient Irish faerielands and told us everything he knew about the different faeries who lived there. The perfect end to our trip.