For the past couple of days, Phone Op Christen and I have been living it up in Germany thanks to Carson and the amazing Contiki crew.
Yesterday, we traveled by bus to Munich. After a quick pit stop at the hotel,we began our adventures with a bike tour of the city.
Our bike tour guide, Kyle, is actually from Fullerton. Walt Disney sure wasn’t kidding around when he said “it’s a small world after all!” Besides showing us all the sites, Kyle also gave us the latest on the Lakers since we haven’t been able to keep track of the play offs.
Then, our Contiki tour manager Lee took us the Hofbrauhaus, which is one of the most famous beer halls in all of Germany. I kid you not, my beer was bigger than my entire face!
(Christen and I Drinking Beers At Hofbrauhaus)
We were having such a great time hanging out with all our tour-mates, we decided to move the party to Rafaels, a local club.
It was Lee’s 30th birthday, so we made sure to show him a good time! But what happens in Munich stays in Munich, so we can’t show you any of the incriminating photos!
Apparently Christen and I partied a little too hard…we ended up sleeping straight through our alarm! We made it back on the bus with just minutes to spare.
We headed straight for Innsbruck, a city in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The pictures don’t do it justice. This country is gorgeous. Everything’s so green and picturesque with the snow covered mountain tops. I feel like I’m in “The Sound of Music” or something!
Our Contiki driver Steve navigated our huge coach up the narrow and winding road so we could check out the Olympic bobsledding track. But that’s not all…we also got to ride down it too!
(On our way to the mountains to bobsled!)
As soon as we reached the top, it started to snow. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful, but not everyone was prepared for the chill. One of the guys we’re traveling with somehow survived wearing shorts and flip flops!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, nothing sobers you up faster than hurtling down a mountain at speeds of more than 100mph! Instant hangover cure.
From there, we drove down to the city to explore the Swarvoski crystal shop. I even got to see some custom crystal encrusted heels worn by none other than Lady Gaga.
(Lady Gaga Heels!)
Right now, we’re en route to Venice. Lee has a ton of great things planned for us, including walking tour of the city, a gourmet meal, and of course a gondola ride!
(On our way to Venice!)
If you’ve been considering taking a Contiki of your own, let me tell you, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Contiki takes advantage of every minute so we get to experience as much as possible…I mean seriously, when will I ever have an opportunity to go bobsledding again??
Anyway, I should wrap this up so I can catch up on some sleep in the coach…ciao for now!
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