Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Malta


Just got back from Malta this past weekend.  I went with Kris and Erik for a week to explore the islands and get our advanced diving certificate.  For those who don't know, Malta is a very small country built up of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya.

The first day we went to this small beach (pictured above) to hang out for the day.  It was pretty nice and very warm.

Diving was good.  I did not see nearly as many fish as I thought I was going to see, but that is okay.  I did get to do some other cool things like dive through a sunken WWII destroyer, go through underwater caves and caverns, as well as dive then the water was very ruff, it looked like the whole ocean floor was moving from time to time.  While the dive experiences were good, I don't feel like there was much teaching that was done like there was at the place I went last year, but somehow at the end we all got our certifications.

Going out was alright.  The drinks were incredibly cheap.  Really, there was no one there our age.  Most people who where at the bars were between the ages of 14-17.  Apparently a lot of people send their kids to Malta to learn English (even though I thought they all spoke pretty okay English.)  The Maltese language was pretty interesting to hear.  It is a mix of Italian, English, and Arabic.






The last day that we were there, we took a ferry to the island of Gozo.  There we were able to get a taxi to take us around the whole island to see different things.  The driver waited for us everywhere we went and it only cost 40 euros between the three of us.  The picture above is from us at the oldest standing structure in the world.  We got to also see some nice beaches, caves, and old cities/forts.

In the end it was a quick trip, but I had a good time especially because I got some time to hang out with Kris and Erik which never really happens anymore.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Delft and Leiden


Today I had the day off since I worked over the weekend in Paris so I thought since it was a nice day it was a good opportunity to go see more of Holland so I went to Delft and Leiden.

Both were pretty cool and very picturesque.  I ended up liking Leiden better.  There I also had a really good lunch from a hip little sandwich place.  As usual, I updated my Holland Sites album with more pictures.
Holland Sites

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Utrecht Pub Crawl!


This past weekend I was back in Utrecht and finally got to have the Utrecht pub crawl (without the two other official planners, but that is besides the point.)

We started off having to ride the NS bus to the Amsterdam Sloterdijk station because there was no train traffic between Haarlem and Amsterdam Sloterdijk last weekend... I hate it when that happens.

Right after I stepped onto the bus, I noticed that the screen on my BlackBerry was broken after I just used it two minutes before!  I could not believe it, this was the second phone that broke on me in a week!  (My iPhone is currently getting repaired because it totally "bricked" when I tried to instal iOS 5 beta 2)  So I was out a phone the whole time we were there.

It ended up being Leo, Novita, Sammy, and I going.  We got to the city, checked in to our hostel and were out on the streets around 6.  We started having a few drinks outside at cafes and even tried some beer brewed right in the centrum of Utrecht.  Then it was time to eat.  We found a pretty decent French restaurant that had a three course meal for about 20 Euros.  It was a good price and tasted pretty nice too.

For the rest of the night we just walked around and tried to find good bars to go to.  It ended up being a bit harder to find a lot of bars which surprised us a bit, but it was okay.  The Winkel van Sinkel was having an 80s and 90s party that would have been fun to go to but we had to be back at our hostel by 3 so that was not going to work.  We went to a couple more bars, got Turkish pizzas, then went back and slept.

The next day was shopping Sunday so we did a bit of shopping and then headed back home.  Was a nice time, but maybe a bit too short.