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Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 16 Barcelona, Spain to Great Neck, New York

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The alarm had been ringing for at least fifteen minutes as I was able to turn it off.  At first I had no idea how to make Jenny’s blackberry turn off so instead of throwing it against the wall like I wanted too I managed to turn it off.  I gathered up my stuff said goodbye to Jenny and was down the stairs and on my way to the airport bus.  Since I did not have that much money on me Jenny had to spot me 5 euros for the taxi that I needed to again take to the bus.

Once I got to the airport I was not feeling so good but managed to check in and get aisle seats for my first flight to Amsterdam and then for the long one to New York.  After checking in I got some Pans (a common fastfood type joint in Spain) and a drink.  After going through security and getting on the flight I was really feeling bad.  I could barely look at the food I had bought and was just trying to sleep.  Of course I was sitting next to the most impatient and fidgity person I had ever met.  This guy could not sit still.  He was constantly waking me up and it took everything I had not to yell at the guy.  I wanted to take his head and ram it into the seat in front of him, but I held back.

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Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 15 Sugiez, Switzerland to Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Today was my last day in Switzerland.  I woke up at around 830AM and packed up all of my stuff.  Since I had been here for several days now all of my stuff was sprawled out throughout my room.  I also had to balance the weight between my large backpack and my very small one to make sure I was under the weight allowed by Easyjet of 20 kilograms.

Linda decided that the gang, including Danny would head to Berne, the capital of Switzerland and then I would take the train from there to the Geneve airport.  The ride from Sugiez to Berne was about 45 minutes.  Once we got there we parked and walked into the train station in the center of the city.  Our first stop was at a restaurant in the train station for a bite to eat.  It was expensive.

From the restaurant we continued to walk through this very old city.  I think it was founded in the 1200’s.  Most of the buildings are old, cobblestone streets and plenty of shops mixed in.  Anyway we stopped at Switzerland’s parliament to say hello and then continued along.  We then stopped at several points along the wall that Berne was built behind.  Then we went to see the Berne bears.  There has been a Berne bear pit for hundreds of years.  When Napolean made his rein through Berne he raided the treasury and even took the Berne bears!

Then it was on to this tourist center where we watched a very inspirational movie about Berne.  For 3 francs we were able to watch a fifteen minute or so movie that was pretty good and worth it if you want to learn about Berne, its history and what the city has to offer.  After the movie and the tourist center we walked to get some food and then it was time to head back to the train station.  I got my ticket, the four of us walked around and then it was time to say goodbye.

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Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 12 Sugiez to Zermatt to Naters, Switzerland

Monday, April 13th, 2009
Yesterday Linda had arranged with Sarah for us to go to the mountains to see her and what they had to offer. Since the weather was going to be absolutely superb in the south of Switzerland in the canton ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 11 Stockholm, Sweden to Sugiez, Switzerland

Sunday, April 12th, 2009
We woke up at 930AM, a little earlier than we normally do. That was probably my fault as is usual for me on a travel day. I get a little excited/nervous and just want to make sure everything ... [Continue reading this entry]

The New York Football Giants win Superbowl 42!

Monday, February 4th, 2008
As a long time New York Giants fan, technically alive for all three Superbowl victories, 2008 will always be remembered by me, as the greatest sports victory these eyes have ever seen. In 1986 I was 3, so that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Countdown to India, UAE and Africa begins

Monday, January 28th, 2008
Well after saying "this is my last summer of traveling" for the past four summers, I have lied yet again. Starting May 20th, 2008 I will fly to Mumbai via Abu Dhabi and start my summer traveling. This ... [Continue reading this entry]

Previous posts

Monday, August 27th, 2007
Now that it has been a few months since my trip to Asia this summer, a great way to view my previous posts is to go to the archives portion of the blog and click on April, May or June.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Last day in Asia :-(

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
June 22nd, 2007 Even though my flight leaves at 3am on the 23rd I have to go to the airport before on the 22nd to check in and stuff.  Today is my final day in Asia.  It is bitter sweet.  I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok, Thailand

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
June 21, 2007 Believe it or not, this was my LAST full day in Asia :-(  and I had nothing planned.  The only thing I had to do was to go downstairs around 10ish to see if I could switch to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Coming Around Full Circle – Bangkok, Thailand

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Well I had finally come around full circle and made it back to bangkok in more or less one piece.  It was 7am and I was up early.  The tour was officially over and all that was covered was breakfast.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Monday June 18th, 2007 Today was our last full day in Siem Reap.  Our meeting time was 830am, not bad considering the day before was at 430am.  We were going to see a few more temples located about 50 minutes outside ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Morrie's alarm clock rings at 430AM and I pop up out of bed like a bottle rocket.  I had my ear plugs in, and the alarm was still incredibly loud.  Today we were going off to see the sunrise over ... [Continue reading this entry]

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Saturday June 16, 2007

Today we had our flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Siem Reap, Cambodia home to the Angkor Wat complex and all those pesky ... [Continue reading this entry]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


June 15, 2007

There was nothing on the docket for the morning, so we all set off on our own and did whatever we wanted.  I thoroughly ... [Continue reading this entry]

Saigon, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Thursday June 14th, 2007

Today was a traveling day which meant we would have to wake up early.  Today we got up at 620 and I was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wedneday June 14th, Saigon, Vietnam continued

Saturday, June 16th, 2007
When I arrived at the Xa Li Pagoda I was approached by a girl who was selling Buddha incense to use at the Buddha statues.  I decided to buy one and do what Mrs. Chiang in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Wednesday June 13th Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Today was a free day as all of our time in HCMC would be.  I had decided not to go to the CuChi tunnels and go off on my own.  As anyone who had read any of my blog entries ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tuesday June 12th Hoi An to Saigon

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
today was my last day in Hoi an, no more clothing to be made, and like i said we had a two pm flight to saigon or now referred to as ho chi minh city.  We were going to be ... [Continue reading this entry]

Monday June 11th, 2007; Hoi An, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
Today I wasn't really feeling the beach.  I wanted to do something adventurous, plus the burns on my shoulders were telling me to keep them covered.  I agreed to do so, and decided that I would yet again rent a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Sunday June 10th, 2007

After a late night for Morrie and I, we had a bit of a sleep in.  We both popped up at nine am which was a record for both of us ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Saturday June 9th, 2007


The next morning we left at nine and headed to Hoi An.  It would take four hours straight but Andy had a few stops in mind along the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hue, Vietnam to Hoi An, Vietnam

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

While I was uploading my blog at the really cheap internet place near my hotel a really sketchy dude stood over me smoking a cigarette and did not say a word.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 8th; Hue, Vietnam

Friday, June 8th, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007 Hue, Vietnam We were woken up bright and early before 7am, I fell back to sleep till about 745am and did not want to get up. But I had to pack my shit up and used the ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 7th: Hanoi

Friday, June 8th, 2007
I laughed as I woke up and asked Morrie what time it was. He responded by saying "Half past seven." I thought it was funny considering I had begged him to sleep in a bit, and after all of that ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 6th: Hanoi

Friday, June 8th, 2007
Wednesday June 6th, 2007 Hanoi Vietnam Today there were a few included activities as part of the tour but after them, the rest of our time in Hanoi (approximately 1.5 days) was "free time." Before out first stop, we had an ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 5th: Hanoi, Vietnam

Friday, June 8th, 2007
When I left you yesterday I was typing up a storm catching up on the past few days. After I was done typing up my updated blog I had to go back to the internet café but this time ... [Continue reading this entry]

Halong Bay, Vietnam to Hanoi (Captial city), Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
After breakfast, Andy told us the schedule for the day, I went down to finish packing up, put my rain cover on my pack (so happy I bought that in Bangkok before I came on the tour) and before we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ninh Binh to Halong Bay, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Ninh Binh to Halong Bay Today’s drive would be about 4 hours depending on traffic and stuff. We left promptly at 7am after negotiating with the driver and our new local guide Quang as to when we wanted to leave. The ... [Continue reading this entry]

Local Village (homestay), Laos to Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
This journey would be 12 hours in the car, hopefully, and as Andy said "if we get there before 7pm, after leaving at 7am, we will be doing very well." A large part of this trip was the fact that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vientiane, Laos –> to the Local Village in Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Vientiane to the Local Village The next day was an early wake up and was the start of our 2.5 day journey to Halong Bay, Vietnam stopping in several locations along the way. We all packed in to this really ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vientiane, Vietnam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Vientiane We decided the first night in Vientiane to meet at 6pm for some pre-drinks before dinner at the hotel. From the hotel Andy took us to some bar along the river that ran beside Vientiane. The outdoor ... [Continue reading this entry]

Luang Prabang and Off to Vientiane

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

In the evening we all met at 7 to go out to dinner. I had been shopping in the night markets and had to run over to meet the gang. Dinner was really nice. We ate at some Laoatian restaurant ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 2 Floating Down the Mekong River + Luang Prabang, Laos

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
That night's sleep was hot.  The fan shut off around 1030PM and went back on around 4am or so.  I seemed to sleep alright but the sheets came off the bed and as I tried to get up my back ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chiang Kong, Thailand to Laos

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
The next morning I awoke feeling a little queezy after mixing several different alcohols and beers the night before. We had to get up early and get over to Laos to start our journey down the mighty Mekong River. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chiang Mai + Chiang Rai + Chiang Kong, Thailand

Monday, May 28th, 2007
Well we arrived in Chiang Mai after the long train journey, got our bags, found our driver and made it in to town for some breakfast. We stopped at some hotel and got some quality western food. It ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Saturday, May 26th, 2007
After getting off the internet, we lounged around the hotel killing time before we headed off to the train station. I got a chocolate sundae which was delightful after spending the whole day walking through the hot sun. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok Continued

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
Tuesday -  Actually slept pretty well...It is not often I sleep past 830 or 9am but today was one of them.  I think it was because I knew that I wasn't doing a whole lot.  I went downstairs had a little ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong To Bangkok; First few days of Bangkok

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Sunday – I managed to wake up before 5am yet again and was ready to go.  I gathered up my final things, Strong was not even back yet from partying probably in jail somewhere or in the hospital, crazy dude.  Bob ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong Part Deux

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Saturday – last full day in Hong Kong/Macau I met Raymond at IFC and he was a little late which seemed to be the theme of the week.  He kept telling me to meet him at a specific time and then ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong Part Deux

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Friday - As mentioned earlier Friday's plan was to meet raymond and his buddies at like 530PM at his office so we could all go to the chinese buffet.  Apparently there would be more collegues and friends joining us, which was ... [Continue reading this entry]


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Sorry to everyone who checks my blog. I have my updated blog entries saved on my computer but have had a hard time getting it on. I have my final two days of hong kong done and my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong Part Deux

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Hong Kong Part Deux

Thursday -

The plan for day 2 was simple; rest.  The plan was nice on paper, but unfortunately for me it wasn’t the case.  I woke up at 847AM scratching like effing ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong Part Deux

Friday, May 18th, 2007

My flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong was rather early in 945 so like many times in the past on this trip I had to get up really early.  Instead of going to bed early and being fresh, I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tokyo, Japan Continued – Hong Kong to come

Thursday, May 17th, 2007
Today I was off to Nagano rather early. I tried to get a real early train but the bullet train was all booked. So I got the 954 which would arrive at only 1125. That is damn ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tokyo, Japan continued

Monday, May 14th, 2007
So this was officially Day 3 in Tokyo, Japan.  This was my scheduled sightseeing day, Josh style, which meant, lots to see and do in a short amount of time.  Now if I had more time I would have done ... [Continue reading this entry]

Welcome and Viewing Previous Entries

Monday, May 14th, 2007
Just wanted to quickly say hi to the new readers of my blog, and welcome back to my dedicated ones. For the new, if you want to read my blog from Hong Kong and the beginning, what you do is ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tokyo, Japan continued

Monday, May 14th, 2007
So after waking up at 855am, this officially was day 2 in Tokyo.  I was a little tired but not that bad.  I mean I learned back in Australia in '04 at the Uni games, that if i get between ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tokyo, Japan

Monday, May 14th, 2007
The club was called Atom.  It was extremely hard to find.  Before we had left the hostel we got directions from this Canadian named Kelly.  She gave Adam some bootleg directions drawn on two sides of a small piece of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tokyo, Japan

Saturday, May 12th, 2007
The travel day between Taipei and Tokyo was a relatively late one for me.  I didn't have to wake up at 4am, it wasn't rushed, I was able to get breakfast from the local vendors and take my time.  I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Taipei, Taiwan continued

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Our first stop was some daoist temple. This was the second or third Daoist temple I had seen on my trip so far. They are really cool. The temples are so colorful, the incense that burn throughout ... [Continue reading this entry]

Taipei, Taiwan continued

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
So after taking two subways the brown line to the blue line we got off at the very popular station of Taipei main station. There are several lines you can connect to, people are running around, going to their ... [Continue reading this entry]

Taipei, Taiwan; Day 13/14

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
Taipei, Taiwan

Well once again I had to wake up before 5am to catch my bus to the airport in Seoul.  The airport bus takes about 60-90 minutes depending on traffic and since I didn’t know when the bus was actually ... [Continue reading this entry]

Seoul, Korea Days 9, 10, 11, 12

Monday, May 7th, 2007

I was wondering if Julia and Plum would make it to the airport on time to meet me and tell me how to get to my hostel.  But like clockwork they were there waiting for me as I cleared customs ... [Continue reading this entry]

KL to Seoul, Korea

Monday, May 7th, 2007
The alarm clock is ringing, it is 430 am and it is time to get up and get ready to head to the airport.  Clara had gotten in at like 330am and said she wanted one hour of sleep before ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kuala Lumpur Day 8/9

Sunday, May 6th, 2007
Not every place I pick to visit or tour to go to will be excellent.  Day 2 of Kuala Lumpur proved that theory.  The day before I had decided to go to the Genting Highlands, about 1 hour outside of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kuala Lumpur Days 7/8 continued

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
To go up to the observatory was a little expensive, but I figured that it was one of the tallest towers in the world and just something I had to do.  So I begrudgingly paid the fee to go up, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kuala Lumpur Days 7/8

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
So the train was off and I had about eight hours left before the arrival to KL.  I actually was able to fall asleep for a good amount of time, only waking up when the train made some abrupt stop ... [Continue reading this entry]

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur Days 6/7/8

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
So last I left you all I was deciding what to do during the last half of my day in Singapore.  I decided that I was going to go to Chinatown and buy some stuff because I had not bought ... [Continue reading this entry]

Singapore Day 6

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
Today I woke up early as usual.  I haven't been able to sleep past eight thirty yet, early on.  I am officially over the jet lag, woohoo, because it sucked wanting desperately to go to sleep at three thirty or ... [Continue reading this entry]

Singapore Day 5 continued

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
So after Frederick, Arnold and I came back from walking ALL over the city, we chilled out for a little bit, I proceeded to call Thailand book my flight to New York, call Intrepid book my tour and then we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Singapore Days 3/4/5

Monday, April 30th, 2007
The night of Day 3 I didn't have a chance to go to the night safari as I couldn't change my ticket that I had advance booked.  But that was perfect because I was really, really tired from hiking.  Well ... [Continue reading this entry]

Singapore Days 3/4

Sunday, April 29th, 2007
So I last left you all from the airport in Hong Kong where I was enjoying the free internet and just relaxing before my flight to Singapore.  The flight was nice, I got an emergency exit aisle seat which = ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong – Day 3

Friday, April 27th, 2007
IMG_0148.jpg Well it is Saturday morning here in Hong Kong and I am currently sitting on the floor at the gate waiting for my flight to Singapore...Luckily ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong Part Deux

Friday, April 27th, 2007
I wanted to break up the posts otherwise they would get too long and people would probably stop reading so here we go. So as I was up at 730 and ready to go after taking a freezing cold shower (welcome ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hong Kong!

Friday, April 27th, 2007
Phew, Finally I have made it to an internet cafe. My hostel has internet but there is always such a long line to get on so I figured I would hunt an internet cafe down. Well I arrived on the 26th ... [Continue reading this entry]

Less than 24 hours to go

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Well there is less than 24 hours to go before my flight...I will be arriving at the airport approximately at 12PM to JFK...I know my flight is at 345, but because I don't have a seat and wasn't able to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Distances Traveled

Saturday, April 21st, 2007
709 miles - driving Lansing, MI to Great Neck, NY; stopping in Cleveland for one night 202 miles - overnight train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26730 miles flying - in 30 days!

4 days left

Friday, April 20th, 2007
Really bored today...tried to study, but really couldn't any more...I mean how much can you for one test right? Well don't really have any trip updates just wanted to add another entry to the blog... on a side note ... [Continue reading this entry]

Under 6 to go

Thursday, April 19th, 2007
Under 6 days to go...I am so excited...I have taken 2 finals...2 to go...I have one in about an hour...then one on Saturday. My apartment is basically packed loaded up...Will be driving to Cleveland, OH to stay at my cousin's ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thank you

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
Just wanted to say thanks to my mom for gathering up all the toiletries and necessary miscellaneous items I need for my trip. While I am in law school studying for finals, she is back at home scurrying around, ... [Continue reading this entry]

test: blog entry with photos

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
I am just doing a test run on putting photos in to a blog entry...i have been reading up on how to do it, and i have even downloaded a fabulous program to shrink the size down to a manageable ... [Continue reading this entry]

Update on things

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
Well just to give anyone who reads this an update on life.  I have my law final exams in a few days (starting april 16th -21st), so times are hectic preparing. It is hard not to do research and look up ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Frequent Flier Miles

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Just to let everyone know, I am not an idiot, my asia pass did not allow me to get frequent flier miles...I know, thats sucks... Better than not going though!

Flight Plan

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Wed, Apr 25
From: NEW YORK JFK, NY (JFK) Departs: 3:45pm Wed, Apr 25
To: HONG ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
This one is short and for an old friend: You can never be too cool to:
  • Wear a jacket and
  • take a backpack to class
Oh and never trust a guy wearing a stetson Thank you

Daily Thoughts

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
Wow it has been a long time since my last entry. One of my friends even said to me "Why is your last entry January 4th, and its almost February?" I could only lower my head in shame ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Thursday, January 4th, 2007
I figured I would write another entry since it had been awhile since my last.  I have two hours to get one out as I am sitting on the bus from Detroit to East Lansing then on to Lansing, MI. My ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
It's been a few days since I have written an entry...things have been rough...finals week was crazy, then going home, and then my mom and I drove to Maryland to pick up my sister from New York.  Well now I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
Speaking of flatulence, as I did in my previous entry, today's daily thought is a retrospective look at what happened to me only yesterday. It really bothered me, so I figured I would make it my next ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
**ALERT** THIS ENTRY IS NOT ABOUT AWKWARD BATHROOM MOMENTS... Today's daily thoughts are based around elevators.  I personally don't like them, never have, never will.  I have had a fear of elevators pretty much as long as I can remember.  Got ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Well normally when I'm about to write an entry I go through one of my many idea's that I have jotted down in a word file, and then go from there, but today I didn't have too. Instead I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Sunday, December 10th, 2006
Today's entry is bringing me back to old faithful, awkward bathroom situations.  OK so I'm biased and all of my bathroom situations revolve around being in the guys bathroom (at least the ones I can talk about in this blog). my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily Thoughts

Saturday, December 9th, 2006
How many of you have found yourself in a multiple door opening situation, whether you were the recipient of the kind gesture or the giver? Honestly, this one is tricky. I think about this every time I find ... [Continue reading this entry]

Daily thoughts

Friday, December 8th, 2006
today's daily thought brings me to the world of riding on a bus. I ride the bus almost every day during the week to class and back. I encounter many different types of people, a wide array of ... [Continue reading this entry]

daily thoughts

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Is there an etiquette to how to use the restrooms for going number 2? When I go in to a restroom, and I have to go number 1, I really don't want to hear people grunting while in the ... [Continue reading this entry]