What a week! I can’t believe tomorrow marks three weeks since I’ve left home. Honestly, it feels like it’s been longer than that. I’ve never experienced or learned this much in my entire life. I’m going to try to convey them through this blog, but I don’t know if it’s possible. I’ll try. Here goes!
I stayed in Edinburgh until early Thursday morning. My time at the Princes Street Backpackers’ was a total blast. I literally couldn’t find the time to sit down and post because of how busy my new friends kept me. I taught more guitar, met more drunk foreigners, played games, ate delicious home-cooked food from other cultures, snuck into movies, where to begin??
One of the days I was there, I decided to take a break from exploring and walked to the “cheap” cinema that was just outside of downtown. I bought an early ticket to Godzilla (which was mind-blowingly awesome), then ended up spending all day there after sneaking into Spiderman and X-Men. No regrets; I really wanted to see those movies. I walked back to the hostel, bought a cheap bottle of wine literally 10 seconds before the alcohol sale cut-off, then went back to the hostel to hang out. Nicolas, from Belgium, was a Physics student, so I got to have some weird conversations about the true nature of the universe using theoretical and quantum physics. Pretty cool stuff for a nerd like me.
My last day was Wednesday and I didn’t pay to sleep there that night since my bus to London left at 5:00am. I was going to stay up all night. So Wednesday I just hung out in the commons area while I could and since everybody working there knew me, they just let me stay. I got to represent USA in a Ping-Pong tournament against Australia and Spain. I did not win, so I apologize for the great shame I brought to my home country. I moped at the Coffee House with a free mocha in the rain. It was nice and reflective.
That evening, Martin, a funny guy from Slovenia, made chicken salad with PUMPKIN dressing since he found out I had an obsession with pumpkin and it was freaking delicious. I almost cried. Nicolas made a Belgian dish; I forgot what it was called in Belgium, but in Scotland, it’s a “Cottage Pie.” I wept again. Then someone checked into the hostel and a familiar face stepped into the room. It was Charles from France!! I couldn’t believe it! He saw that I was staying there and found it. Amazing. I was very happy to see him again and he immediately fit right in. We got reminisce and brag about our Adventures on the Isle of Skye.
So a group of seven of us went out to celebrate my last night in town. We went to a small Belgium pub called Brauhaus where I got to drink the real version of my favorite beer, Grimbergen. Then someone bought me a White Russian at a bar called Lebowski’s, completely modeled after the movie, The Big Lebowski. It was pretty cool. Then after the pubs closed, we moved on to a club called Whistle Binkies, where a local band was doing covers of some awesome classic rock songs as well as some newer stuff. It ended with us moshing really hard in front of the stage to some Rage Against the Machines. What a fun night.
Some people went to sleep after that, but Martin, Nicolas, and Charles stayed up all night with me. Martin got me some pizza and I made coffee. We spent the rest of the time watching Casper on VHS. We had some good laughs. Charles walked me to the bus station an we said our good-byes again. London was so expensive, I don’t want to talk about it, but the next day, I was on a flight to Germany!
I flew here because my best friend from 6th grade, Drew Owens, has been living here at a military base with his wife for a while now. He left Oklahoma four years ago, so it was so good to see him again.
My first night, he took me to his favorite bar with his wife, Monique, and the owner gave us all free drinks all night. A pitcher, a bottle of champagne, and two shots each. Awesome!
The next day, we went to the carnival in downtown Kaiserslautern. It was similar to our State Fair, but somehow cooler.
We went back that night with more of their friends and I rode some ridiculous rides. Germany does NOT have the same safety regulations Oklahoma does. Also, I think I ate 4 or 5 different kinds of meat while I was there. German fair food, man. I slept well that night.
Since then, Drew’s been showing me around town and the three of us have been watching alot of Netflix. They got me caught up on Game of Thrones! I gotta say, after three weeks of constantly moving and climbing and camping, it’s so nice to be able to just sit on a couch for a while and do nothing. It’s actually something I missed. So thank you to Drew and Monique Owens for being such wonderful hosts!
Last night, I actually got to watch Drew and his team play softball. Monique got to babysit and I helped entertain.
There’s a chance my travels may end here, but a friend suggested that I ask for donations from readers so I can keep going. I’m not sure how I feel about asking for money, so I started to look for jobs out here since it’s a US Military base. That way, I can save up some money and keep traveling. I’ll let you all know how that goes. In the meantime, I’m going to be celebrating my 23rd Birthday. German style! (I might die.) Good bye for now. I think my next post will be about the lessons I’ve learned during my travels in detail, so it might get real up in here. See ya!