It got off to a rough start though. My cousin flew down to Chicago to pick me up and then we flew back to Minneapolis. He works for Northwest Airlines so airfare is very cheap or nothing for the both of us. It's pretty much amazing. So then the next day we were to fly to Amsterdam from Detroit. Well we pretty much weren't able to get onto any of the planes to Detroit. We got the last 2 seats available on the direct flight to Amsterdam to Minneapolis by the grace of God. We have to fly standby instead of already having seats. As you can see sometimes its pretty tough to get on a flight. Then when we get to Amsterdam are bags are not there because they are still in Detroit where they got on the plane that we were suppose to be on.
This city was such a crazy city and I didn't even experience it when the crazy people come out at night. The city was beautiful though. All the old buildings and the winding streets. The canals in the city were one of a kind as well. I got to see the Annex. This was the building where Anne Frank hid during WW2. The thing that got me the most though was the Red Light District. Seeing the prostitutes in the window was so crazy for me. I had never seen anything like it. Huge Shock. My cousin of course enjoyed himself a joint. He offered and I declined. This city is unlike anything else I've ever seen or anything I was yet to see in my adventure.
Berlin was beautiful. My cousin and I went to the Aquarium and saw some pretty cool fish. We walked around and saw some pretty cool buildings and museums. The coolest thing for me was seeing the Berlin Wall. It was so amazing looking at a piece of history that meant so much. Not that other pieces of history don't mean that much, but this was just so amazing! I got to touch it and stand there where people used to risk their lives to jump over that wall. It was just all right there in front of me. I also got to see an old building where Nazis used to meet. There were leftovers from New Years out in front of the building on the lawn. Germans can get pretty crazy :) Checkpoint Charlie was pretty cool too. It was the point where you would cross from the American Sector to the Russian Sector.
Oh Austria! It was so beautiful! I couldn't get enough of the place. My cousin and I just walked around and saw the Opera House and huge mansions that I just want to live in! It snowed a few days here which made it even more beautiful! Just a magical place. The wine isn't too bad either :)
This was the spot where they filmed the movie The Sound of Music. Adam and I took a tour that took you to all the sights. They were, in a word, magnificent! It was just amazing for me to see the places where Julie Andrews once stood. The tour also took us to some little towns outside of the bigger one. Oh, they are just gorgeous. I did some serious souvenir shopping here and it was so worth the wait of buying everything that I needed. I was able to see the place where Mozart grew up. That was pretty sweet. And then the castle looking out over the city was just amazing! I wanted to see the hideout for Hitler, but it was closed for the winter. Boo...
We didn't get much time here, but we did walk around the city that night for a little while. This city was the most business oriented. At least from what I could tell. The city was beautiful at night. This was also the place where I encountered my favorite beer. Strongbow! It was so wonderful! I kinda want more :)
The whole trip was a dream come true and I'm so glad my parents sent me! I would go back in a heart beat. But this is all for now