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i always thought i'd save europe for later, when i'm older 10.19.2010 |

guess i'm old now :(

[frankfurt, munich, berlin, & amsterdam, in 10 days]

it's been about a year since my last international vacation, and probably longer since i blogged. i'm a bit rusty, so i'll let the pictures do most of the talkin.

UNO: first was the flight to frankfurt. sfo>jfk>fra. i slept the whole time, on both legs. mad skillz. anyway, i have family in germany. four cousins, only one of which i've met before. it was crazy cool meeting everyone else :)

nghia & noel


haagan dazs YUM!


DOS: i didn't really want to go to oktoberfest. mostly because i don't enjoy drinking beers. but we went anyway, and i'm sooooooo glad i did haha.

our lovely host sarita in munich


the festival

the beer tent


inside the tent


lol....


there were a lotta beers. and people who can hold a lot of beers


i swear i drank a liter of beer each night


but after my liter i felt entitled to drink wine


things got hot and clothes started coming off


some took more off than others


more beers were ordered, and everyone was dancing on benches


TRES: we were only supposed to stay for one night to check everything out...but we decided to stay one more day.

i did a bike tour in the morning


switched up the outfit a bit



went to a new tent


more beers..brost!


nom nom


gulp gulp


and what's a party without the YMCA??


QUATRO: tired, exhausted, but we drove back to frankfurt early morning, and we spent all day out and about and meeting my other cousins and nephew!!

the cousins, thao & xuan & noel


my nephew, baby diego


...he's crazy...i'm not great with babies


manheim (suburb of frankfurt)





and...i drove on the way back on the autobahn. 220 km/hr ;p

CINCO: off to BERLIN!

woke up helllla early


but once we got there, checked in..there was food thank goodness


what i love about europe


i mean, i love my cousin, but also just frothy lattes every morning outdoors


cool courtyards everywhere


and secret alleys


colorful walls...perhaps not intentionally


ballin

SEIS: bike tour day....here comes a buncha pictures of me on a bike (but check out the scenes!)






and of course i brought poopoobear!

berlin wall

jewish memorial...it's really cool



to the biergarten!

nom

reunited w my friend lars who i met in auckland!

it was this intersection at night that noel almost brought my demise...we needed to catch the train to the club and he saw one across the street and just grabbed me and we dashed through a 6way intersection. omfg.

SEITE-DIEZ: ok i'm getting tired and lazy. the last leg was amsterdam, my favorite city actually out of all the one's i visited...which is ironic because i thought that i would like it the least because of all the pot & red light district shadiness. BUT...it's a gorgeous city. with gorgeous men. or boys. and i'm sure gorgeous women too but i was too distracted to notice...

viola! here it is!


love love the canals


and eating outdoors by the canals


absofuckinlutely gorgeous


i mean...cmon!


house boats


windmills


cool buildings


beautiful buildings


it all brings a huge smile to my face


although i'm just as directionally challenged there as anywhere else


and it makes me happy knowing that the first hard liquor originated here


cool alcohol museum


fun to take pics in


because there are so many colorful things


not my camera


whoa...


double rainbow!!


hehe i couldnt resist


the bar...


museum entry includes a free coctail..score!!


gasp! poopoobear


mirrors...


pretty trippy


bartender practice


O____O


sucha cute picture


i wouldnt mind this job if it didnt require knowing directions well


:(


:*(


my favorite house in amsterdam!


met up w molly holly!


and the boys


frequented a few coffee shops


got destroyed


but still went back for brownies


side note..'smart' shops


hung w the whole crew


ate and drank


and after awhile...things got hazy


and of course..the red light district


+ i have never been as attracted to men as i have been in europe
+ 'omg even the daddies are hot here'
+ thank you rockwood for marriot discounts
+ i want to move to europe now o__O
+ camera charger lost before i stepped foot into europe. fail
+ i got yelled at by a prostitute
+ i can't believe i said 'hella' what is happening to me
+ ♥ my cousins!!!!!



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