Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Missing food from home

One thing I really miss (besides Vegemite) is salt and vinegar chips. I found this packet and was ecstatic, turned out to be the biggest disappointment. Not nearly vinegary enough.

Crushed. Me, not the chips.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

The return of my lost jacket

 So I lost may jacket in Budapest, I was drunk and lost my coat check ticket and they would not let me get it back. They said come back the next day.

Went back the next day and they were shut, long story short - they were shut for the next two days. I emailed them about coming to get it. They told me to come to another branch of the club and I could get it.

It was not there.
 I emailed them asking if they could maybe keep it for three months for me. I was leaving that day and going to work in Poland.  It was a long shot, but the club was happy to obliged.

Three days letter, I got a message from some of my teaching friends, (the ones I was supposed  to meet in Tirana) they were in Budapest.

I told them my jacket predicament, somehow the stars aligned and they managed to find the club, convey to the staff that they were there to find my  jacket.

They told me they had to dig a bucket that had about 200 jackets in it. They found mine through a very vague description and concluded it was mine when they saw curly red hairs on it. Bravo to them, they were correct.

These wonderful people then took my jacket cross country, all the way to Bratislava for me, where we reunited (myself and the jacket.)  As a trio we travelled on to Vienna to celebrate the birthday of one friend.

Vienna was crazy expensive, the only good part was because it was her birthday we got numerous free drinks at the hostel bar. Followed by a delicious Austrian feast the next day.

Trying to leave Vienna was my problem. More to come on that.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Statistics

Days Travelled: 90

Lowest Temperature: -14 Celsius (Krakow, Poland) 

Countries Visited: 18

Time Spent in Transit: 130 hours

Border Crossings: 21

Current Location: Krakow, Poland

Undamaged items of clothing remaining: 5

Books Read: 10

Photos Taken: 2940

Times I have seen the sun rise: 3

Help Ex Jobs: 3

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Silly Schengen Shenanigans

I would like to say I have been super busy and that's why I haven't updated, but really I have just been too lazy, too drunk, too tired. I don't know how I have managed to fill the last two and a half weeks, I have accomplished nothing noteworthy.

I did think I was having a heart attack for a while, it made me contemplate going home. That's how serious it was. I think it was just anxiety in the end. But I will blame the faux heart attack for my lack of consistency.

I'm working in a hostel at the moment, which for the time being will remain.

 Disclosure - the opinions and actions expressed in this blog and purely my own and in no way reflect those I work for.

We work for a free bed: myself, an American dude and a girl from all over England. Our job requires us being ready and willing to party every night, hang out with the guest, take them places and generally make sure that a good time is being had by all and often making a fool of ourselves in the process.

The activities we have run in the two weeks since we have been here :

  • Polish Vodka night - really we didn't have too much to do with this one because it was already in place before we got here. We just had to help with the set up.
  • A 25th Birthday party for a French guest - Baked him a cake, it was a smashing success. 
  • St. Patrick's day party - If the British Air force group had not shown up I don't know how well we would have done, but green everything. 
  • Family dinner - Nachos for everyone! 
  • Sunday Night Trivia - This one didn't eventuate into anything, everyone was too hung over  But the questions are ready to go if anybody shows some interest in the near future.
Tomorrow we get a large group from America, so we will be having some more Polish-y activities. 

Green Jelly Shots for St. Patty's
 The St. Patrick's day party started off pretty slow, there was not too many guest around, one of my co-workers didn't get out of bed until 8pm because he was so hung over.  But the RAF group arrived and being British men they soon bought enough of our drinks to put us well into a profit.

Facial clovers for everyone
 We painted faces, not for any other reason except for it was fun.

 The worst part about the night was I lost my shoes! We took some guest out to a club and came back to the hostel. I obviously came back with shoes on because it was in the negatives. The only thing I can think of is that I took them off in a guest's room and the were mistakenly packed. May they rest in peace, they were a good shoe and less than a month old.

Said Shoes

Friday, March 1, 2013

A little too much fun in Budapest

Before I start, I apologise for the low quality photos but they came from my phone.

Budapest is a crazy, fun party town. They really push the party scene. Organised events each night, while i was there i attended - (Friday) All you can drink beer, wine and margeritas. (Saturday) Booze cruise, alcohol included. (Sunday) Jager train, 6 shots of jager then off to open Mic night. (Monday) Pubcrawl. (Tuesday) Costume party - kareoke night.

The bruise in the first picture is on my hip. I'm not too sure about how I got it.

The second picture, someone tried to open wine by just pushing the cork in. But once in side the cork kept blocking the opening. They tried to move it around with a knife. You can see the outcome, a knife stuck in the bottle.