Lost Cites is an interesting site that may give you some inspiration to visit some ancient building sites.
On way to travel and really see the culture of a country is to live there and work. Teaching english is one popular way to do this. You get to interact with people for a longer period of time in everyday situations and make long lasting friendships.
Cinque Terra is an awesome location and one of my favourites in Italy. There is a train line that runs between the 5 towns along the coastline south of Milan.
Funnily enough I heard about Cinque Terra in 3 different ways before I got there and it never clicked that everyone was talking about the same place.
Oktoberfest – 2 weeks generally finishing near the first Sunday in October
Woke up and it was entirely too light for my liking. My phone had turned itself off and my alarm hadn’t gone off. Luckily I didn’t miss my flight. Got to Dublin and checked the pubs out.
Geneva was pretty boring. Old, but not with the coolness of Montreux. There have this big fountain where it shoots up 140m. My left foot had another blister, so I didn’t bother walking closer.
Breakfast was even more sparse at the Funny Farm. You get a slice of bread and 2 types of jam to choose from. You can also make some tea…. but I didn’t see any sugar.
Checked out Bern. Bern has poor bears caged up in the city. The rest of Bern was okay.
Decided to check into the other popular backpackers in Interlaken called the Funny Farm. The Lonely Planet says Australians are meant to flock there. I got a room with a bunch of Californians that were studying in Florence and on their spring break. They were cool.
I decided to stay in Zurich for a Friday night to see what it was like. I was going to get a room in a Lonely Planet recommended hotel called Hotel Otter that had themed rooms. The “reception” was upstairs of a pub and the door was closed. I decided to try elsewhere. I also checked out the City Backpackers hostel, and that seemed rather run down, so I headed back to Mathaus where I was the first night. That had free wireless internet (once I figured out how it worked).
Got up late. One of my English friends from breakfast had left me a note on the breakfast table wishing me well on my trip. They had managed to implement my plan to get up early and hit the slopes. Today there was a bit of snow in the morning, but it soon cleared up to be a sunny day with blue skies. This doesn’t mean it was warm however. I skiied both sides of Lech and down into Zurs again. This time I could actually see! At one point I was sort of doing to jump from side to side type skiing with your feet together. I tend to have mine apart. I’ll have to read about skiing techniques sometime.