Backpacking across Europe

Tripoto
14th Jul 2013
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Flying somewhere over Russia... I think!
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First glimpse of the UK!
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London Underground - Heathrow Terminal 4.
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Piccadilly Circus - London.
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London Eye and the Thames River
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Me with one of London's red phone boxes
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Big Ben under the British summer sunshine
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Two of London's landmarks
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Trafalgar Square
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Me on the London Eye
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Watching State of Origin Game 3 at Walkabout
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British Museum
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Tardis at Earls Court
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Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner
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Crowds at Buckingham Palace
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A nice way to cool down at Covent Garden
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Buckingham Palace
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Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios - Levesden,
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Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape
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Weasley's Kitchen
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Knight Bus
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Hogwarts Castle
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Black Rabbit Pub - Arundel, UK
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Devils Dyke, UK
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Brighton Pier
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Brighton, UK
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Brighton Pier
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A very English meal of fish and chips
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Camden Lock
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia at night
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Wall art in Sofia, Bulgaria
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Hungarian National Museum - Budapest, Hungary
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Graves of Hungarian Jewishs
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Jewish Memorial - Budapest, Hungary
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Shoes on the Danube - Budapest, Hungary
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Liberty Bridge - Budapest, Hungary
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Central Marketplace - Budapest, Hungary
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Somewhere in Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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Hostel in Reumannplatz, Austria
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Stephensdom in Vienna, Austria
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Marienplatz - Munich, Germany
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Marienplatz - Munich, Germany
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Marienplatz - Munich, Germany
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A church I drunkenly walked into - Munich, Ge
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Reichstag - Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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Sunset in Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Wall
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Checkpoint Charlie - Berlin, Germany
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Reichstag Dome - Berlin, Germany
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US Army Border - Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
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Memorial for Murdered Jews of Europe - Berlin
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Multiple currencies!
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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One of Amsterdam's many alleyways
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Fedo in Amsterdam - a must try!
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The Red Light District during daytime - Amste
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A market in Amsterdam
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A Dutch dessert - stroopwafels. YUM!
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Amsterdam sunset
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One of Paris' most famous churches.
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View of Paris
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Best bookshop in the world!
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Notre Dame - Paris, France
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Old Paris
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Paris, France
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Hyde Park - London, UK
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London sunset

This was my first and most exciting travel experience, as I had been dreaming of it for many years. I spent a total of seven weeks backpacking around Europe visiting Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France. This also included an overnight layover in South Korea on the way over from Sydney to London.

The cities I visited were: London, Brighton, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

I stayed with family and friends in London.

The main reason for my visit to Sofia, Bulgaria was the 22nd Summer Deaflympics, where I met so many new people from all over the world.

I travelled through Europe on my own, and met up with friends in London, Bulgaria, Germany and France.

This was by far my favorite hostel out of all hostels I stayed at in Europe. It had a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere, and felt exactly like a hippie commune. The staff was rather lovely and were more than willing to converse in English on pen and paper. They made sure I was satisfied and comfortable during my stay. The canteen was fantastic and very cheap as well - no more than 4-5 euros for a proper German meal, including beer or juice. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!

A must visit for Harry Potter fans! You are taken right into the magical world of Harry Potter by seeing where the films were made and all the props. You've got to try a Butterbeer, pose for photos with the Knight Bus, on the Hogwarts Bridge, at 4 Privet Drive, and many other large props used in all 8 films. You will be mesmerized by a large scale model of Hogwarts, which was actually used in the films. The interior scenes within Hogwarts were shot in many locations across the UK. It's easy to spend a whole day here. I LOVED everything about this tour, especially how they were able to provide British Sign Language interpreters which I really appreciated, as I was able to get information in BSL. Lucky for me, BSL is very similar to Auslan (Australian Sign Language), which is the sign language I use at home so it wasn't that difficult to understand and I was able to converse with the interpreters and other Deaf people on the same tour.

One of London's most famous landmarks, and a once in a lifetime experience-but not worth trying more than once. However, the views are amazing-especially when the weather is clear and beautiful. I was lucky to go for it during London's heatwave, which meant perfect weather.

This was a cool attraction, and I had a ball! We had to wait for about two hours to get in, then spent an hour and half exploring the place. Loved the horror and superheroes sections!

When you are in Berlin, you have to try their famous Currywurst! Best fast food snack ever. I'd go back there and have more.

I frikkin' love this town! Amazing markets, food, culture and people. I could go on and on for days about Camden Town, but I'll leave it for you to discover and be amazed ;-)

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