Bulgaria to London and Home
05/14/2009 - 05/27/2009
When I left Turkey I had 12 days to get to London (by land) to catch my plane back home to Canada on May 27. I stayed 2 nights in Sofia, Bulgaria where I had been 3 years ago. It was cool to see it again but it is already alot more expensive now than before. After that I went four hectic days without a bed or a shower. One day on the train, one day in Slovenia, an overnight train to Italy, a day in Venice then another day of trains to Zurich, Switzerland where I had a great couchsurfing host and finally rested. I had never been interested in going to Italy but Venice was really incredible. Zurich was really impressive too, so civilized and clean. In the middle of the city the water was crystal clear. By this point I was pretty much in shock by how expensive everthing was. It was hard to believe that a month ago I was eating massive feasts for $3 and crossing countries for $30.
Zurich, there are cool drinking fountains like this everywhere
From Zurich I took just a one hour train to Konstanz, Germany ($35 of course!). Konstanz is a nice university town on a big lake. I spent 3 days there which was really nice. Somehow my couchsurfing host found out it was my birthday and had a party for me with cake and everything!
Konstanz, Imperia Statue
After that it was a quick day in Paris where I finally saw the Eiffel tower then my last night in London before finally catching my plane back to CANADA.
And so six and a half months is over! This was definitely my favourite trip. A big reason was of course couchsurfing. The hosts were really nice and they helped me so much. The only problem was I had to be on internet just about every day. Another reason I really liked this trip was by travelling West to East the difference between countries was really extreme. Every month was like a different world. In my other 2 trips to South America and Eastern Europe the countries were different but still very similar. I felt really safe this trip. Most of the countries were safer than Canada. Yes there were lots of pickpockets but I almost never had to worry about being robbed by force.
One thing that worked out well was bringing two cameras. My big camcorder was better quality, but the little camera was faster/easier to use, attracted less attention and I could just put it in my pocket if I didn't want to bring my bag. And If one broke, got stolen or ran out of batteries or memory I had the other one as a backup.
Of course there is lots I that could have been better. There was alot of stuff I didn't get done before I left so I wasted alot of time in the first two months trying to catch up. Also, I wish I had more time or didn't go to so many countries. I was really rushed which was tiring and didn't allow me to go to more remote places.
My skills in bartering and dealing with con artists have definitely improved this trip. There are alot of people in the world that see a foreigner as a walking wallet.
The White Cliffs of Dover on my way back to London
I have spent a week and a half in Canada now. My grandma has taken me in for a while while I get sorted and find a new place. For the first week I barely left the house I just ate, slept and watched TV. I will work for the same office as before my trip but beyond that I'm not sure what's going to happen. I would like to do another trip. I think Africa in 2010 including World Cup in South Africa.