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Tursko to Vienna

By Hannah

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We drove and drove and drove today, only stopping for food and fuel on our six hour travel day. After lunch at a little roadside restaurant, Mom and Dad gave Abby and I the 45 remaining koruna (just under $2.50 Canadian) to spend at the gas station convenience store. We each got treats for the road, and were going to have just two koruna left, which we were going to keep as souvenirs. Unfortunately, I decided just to hand the clerk everything, and even after counting through the change twice, he didn't give those two little coins back. I was upset on principle, as well as a little disappointed that we weren't going to have any Czech money to bring back with us. Luckily, Mom had kept a coin. Still, the nerve of him!

Our apartment is clean and spacious, and I like it even though Abby and I have to share a bed. Mom and Dad went grocery shopping, and Dad made what he thought was going to be some sort of delicious Alaskan fish alongside ravioli and green beans. It turns out all they had bought was pollock, and we've never eaten fish that needed more tartar sauce. The ravioli was good, though, and the green beans were something of a rare treat, as they seem to be particularly uncommon in Europe. Yes, I know that the two stolen koruna and what we ate for dinner might not be of any great interest, but as it was a travel day, that's about all I have to write about. Our next post, however, will detail our first day in the famous city of Vienna, which is sure to be much more exciting than this one.

13 days to go!

Posted by KZFamily 06:52 Archived in Austria Tagged vienna travel austria day czech republic tursko Comments (0)

Krakow to Olomouc

BY ABBY

semi-overcast 20 °C
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Today we entered Czechoslovakia, our penultimate new country of the trip. When we left this morning, we saw that the weather forecast for rain was really coming true and it was coming down pretty hard. After we packed our car we put on our coats and went over to look at the stores to spend the rest of our Polish currency. We bought food for lunch at the grocery store, as well as bread and treats at the bakery. Mom gave Hannah and I the leftover change to buy ourselves snacks for the road trip.

After we had spent all that we could we climbed into the car and started our journey over the border. We stopped at a gas station for our lunch of sandwiches and pizza, and we bought a toll sticker for our windshield.

We found our place quite easily and we were greeted by a very friendly and helpful host. We are staying at this house for three nights, but we are staying the country of Czechoslovakia for a week total. We are staying in a suite of a house, which has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. Everything is very spacious and clean, which is really nice too.

Last night we watched the Avengers for a change from our usual West Wing. Tomorrow we plan to take a rafting trip down the river in town and maybe even go for some mini golf.

Posted by KZFamily 13:05 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged travel czech czechoslovakia Comments (2)

Hungary

BY ABBY

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Our Budapest Apartment

Our Budapest Apartment

Today we left Slovenia for Hungary. Although we liked our apartment, we weren't too sad to leave because we were excited to wash our clothes properly as soon as possible. Leaving the apartment was easy and we were on the road in no time. The drive was scheduled to take a little over four hours so the only stops we planned were lunch and grocery shopping.

The drive was fairly uneventful, so I'll skip right to our first Hungarian experience, grocery shopping. When we went to get ourselves a cart we noticed that none of our coins fit into the slot. On further investigation inside the mall we realized that Hungary was not a country that used the Euro, but had its own currency entirely. One Canadian Dollar equals just over 215 Hungarian Forint (HUF). After locating an ATM and taking out the money we required, we were finally able to start our shopping trip. It took a little more effort that some other trips we've done as we had to figure out the language as well as divide all the prices by 200 for some rough price estimations. It was strange seeing items like meat and vegetables advertised with the number 1000.

We left the store having spent what seemed like thousands, but turned out to add up to only fifty dollars (CA). On our exit from the store our watermelon slipped out of its holder and onto the floor, which smashed it up a bit. But hopefully it will be okay if we eat it soon enough.

We made it to our meeting spot just on time and met with our friendly host. He is originally from Scotland, so he spoke English fluently (with an awesome accent too, which is a plus). He moved to Hungary with his wife when they got married, as she was born and raised there. Our apartment is very nice and clean, and we even have our own parking spot in an underground parking lot. When he was showing us where to park his foot hit the watermelon on the floor of the car, and as he left us he said, "I'm just glad that was a melon. I thought it was a head or something."

Posted by KZFamily 00:56 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest travel shopping hungary currency Comments (2)

To Slovenia via Trieste

BY ABBY

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Miramar castle by Trieste

Miramar castle by Trieste

Today was yet another travel day and we were all a little sad leaving our house this time. Today we would be crossing over from Italy to Slovenia. This would be our last time in Italy, as far as this trip goes, so we knew we would all have to keep on the lookout for one last gelato stop.

We saw the grandmother one last time on our way out and she bid us farewell. From here we set off to our midway destination, Trieste. We stopped five minutes from the town at a castle to go to the washroom. We thought about popping in for a few minutes, but then we decided against the castle and stuck to our plan of going to the city.

We spent our time in Trieste wandering around the streets and shops mainly, and every once and a while we'd look down at our map to find a specific location. The town is located on the water so we were able to walk by the boats and look at the ocean. There weren't very many green spaces, but the ones that we found we took advantage of by eating gelato in one, and resting up a little in the other. We got a little lost on our way back to the parkade, but thankfully a friendly Italian lady was able to help us out. Before heading to our car we stopped at the train station for a washroom and a grocery store. We stocked up for dinner as in Slovenia it was Independence Day and we were pretty sure that we wouldn't be able to find any open stores.

Trieste

Trieste

We crossed the border over to Slovenia, and soon enough our GPS announced that we had arrived at our destination. It took a little looking to find out what apartment building was ours, but our host's friend had decided to wait outside for us, so it was figured out in no time. The man showing us the place was very friendly and helpful, giving us some information about the town we were staying in and what we could do here. The apartment is very nice as well. It's organized and clean, and there is a comfortable amount of room. We're also on the top floor which is a bonus, and we have a balcony from which we can see the car park and a bit of a view.

In the evening Hannah and my parents watched a movie called My Left Foot, while I read and caught up with my friends. Tomorrow we will be heading downtown and walking around the streets there.

Posted by KZFamily 13:24 Archived in Slovenia Tagged travel italy trieste city castle slovenia Comments (1)

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