Solo backpacking in Europe before Grad School takes over my life

Barcelona and Beyond

Change of plans slightly

So, things were going a bit too smoothly, and something was bound to go wrong eventually.  I’ve been moving around so much, that I forgot that I would be arriving in Munich on a weekend.  When I tried to book some of the hostels, they were all booked up for the cheap rooms.  I tried booking for Munich a day later even, but I couldn’t find anything good.  I ended up just changing things up and booked a hostel for 6 nights in Berlin.  I was still a little mad at myself for waiting so long to book, but once I got the train all settled for Berlin, I was fine.  I will just need to make sure I’m good with booking more than a day ahead in the future.

I spent the rest of the day doing some of the things I need to do while in Paris.  I saw the arc de triumph and the eiffel tower.  I also went back to Notre Dame so that I could go up in the tower.  I got some good panoramic views of the city and then grabbed a crepe on the way back to my hostel.  Not much else to write at this point in time.  I’ve got an early train tomorrow to Berlin and I should get there around 5 pm or so.  I will probably spend the first day recovering from all of the running around.  I will have plenty of time in Berlin to see the sights, so I can take it easy the first day.

I got here in Berlin yesterday around 5:30 in the evening.  I booked my train ahead of time for Switzerland so that I do not have to go back to the station until I leave on Friday.  Apparently the public transport is really good here once you get used to it, but it is kind of confusing at first.  There’s the U-bahn, S-bahn, Tram, and bus and you usually have to take some sort of combination of the 4.  I got kind of lost on the way to the hostel since I took the tram in the wrong direction, but it wasn’t too bad.  The Germans are very nice and helpful so far (the French really weren’t that bad, at least the ones I ran into in Paris).

The hostel I’m staying at is apparently one of the biggest in Europe.  They boast at least 900 beds.  I’m on the 7th floor and so far I’m the only one in the room which was nice when I came back from the club last night.  This is the first place that has actually charged for internet use, but it’s not too bad, only like €3 for an hour.  I’m pretty much taking today easy and then probably going on a free tour of the city tomorrow.  They offer those in a lot of the big cities, but I have not been able to take advantage of one since I’ve been rushing around a bit.  You usually tip at the end, but it’ll be a good way to see the city.  I also need to check out this random sandcastle contest they have in the middle of the city.  I saw it from the train and it looks pretty cool.  I really need to find a computer where I can charge my ipod because it was a long and boring train ride to Berlin without it.

Posted by offhegoes03 on 06-22-2008 at 11:06 am
Posted in Spain, France, Germany, and Switzerland


  1. Berlin is the perfect city where to extend your stay ! You won’t get bored during your six days there. I envy you, I only spent a weekend and it was way too short !

    Are you staying in East or West Berlin ?

    Keep on updating !


    Comment by atchoum — Sunday, 22 June, 2008 @ 2:04 pm
  2. Thanks, Berlin is awesome so far. I’m staying in East Berlin.

    Comment by offhegoes03 — Tuesday, 24 June, 2008 @ 9:28 am
  3. That hostel sounds humongous. Was it me or did everyone in Germany seem super tall?

    Thanks for the updates, bro!

    Comment by admin — Wednesday, 25 June, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

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