Month: September 2005 (Page 2 of 2)

Look this way and say Formaggio!

Edd, in Europe, in Pictures, in reverse order…

Slovenia
Macedonia
Bulgaria
Serbia
Hungary
Ukraine
Belarus
Lithuania
Latvia
Sweden
Estonia
Finland
Norway
Romania
Austria
Poland
Slovakia
Bosnia
Croatia
Italy
Greece

and, all of them can be found HERE

www.bearder.com/gallery

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Look this way and say Formaggio!

Edd, in Europe, in Pictures, in reverse order…

Slovenia
Macedonia
Bulgaria
Serbia
Hungary
Ukraine
Belarus
Lithuania
Latvia
Sweden
Estonia
Finland
Norway
Romania
Austria
Poland
Slovakia
Bosnia
Croatia
Italy
Greece

and, all of them can be found HERE

www.bearder.com/gallery

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Mobile Madness

I’m still going around in circles with Hutchinson 3G aka 3 – my phone company. Still, it looks like i’m not the only one. If you get bored and fancy an insight into the 3 customer service experience nightmare checkout some of the horror stories here: www.3g.co.uk.

In the mean time please use smoke signals and morse code if you need to contact me.

Eddy.

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I have a plan…

Boom boom – I’m back home! Yes, I decided to pull off a classically funny ‘arrive home without warning anyone’ move. It wasn’t really that funny.

12 Countries, 20 towns and 35 beds since I left I am back in sunny oxford.

Although, I returned to Slovenia last week full of beans and convinced I would land a room and a job and live happily ever after. However, attaching such a move onto the end of a three month trip wasn’t such a great idea after all and, after a week of trying I’ve put the idea on hold – temporarily.

A few reasons for coming back are…

1. I ran out of toothpaste
2. I ran out of shaving foam
3. My tooth (the one that broke) was getting annoying
4. My 3 smelly T-Shirts, 3 Jeans and 3 Shirts were getting very boring
5. I hit a 3 month travel wall
6. I hadn’t organised anywhere to stay
7. Tetley Tea
8. I want to find someone from 3 (my phone company) and give them a wedgie
9. Flights are cheap
10. The Bullingdon comedy club is on the first Wednesday of every month
11. I’m not paying to use this PC or Internet

But, before I go on, for completeness I will write up the last few days of my trip. So, here go’s…

After a late night on Thursday at a place called KMS (pronounced Ke Me S-uh) Friday night was nice and quiet and after a Gin and Tonic with Mia I hit the sack for an early night. Saturday AM was less quiet and I spent a fun morning with Marica eating a large sandwich and shopping for jeans and Saturday night was anything but quiet!

In fact Saturday night was a shining example of the randomness of almost all the nights out over the last three months. Watching Slovenia lose to Norway in the world cup qualifiers at Celica I got talking to a French guy and his girlfriend and they told me all about a crazy Slovenian pub-fight that they witnessed the night before. Then I was invited to join a guy from Hawaii, a Spanish couple, a girl from Norway and two other guys from San Francisco. After another beer and 10 minute chat we headed out to a bar around the corner on Metalkova square. Outside I met a guy from Brazil who was working for Amnesty and selling home grown ‘Tobacco’ and inside I met (along with many Slovenians) a guy from Nigeria who was studying Agronomy at Uni in Ljubljana and finally, to round the night off I met one of the nicest girls I’ve met in the whole three months – lovely Slovenian girl called Sandra.

Sunday was also great and was the perfect ending to my trip. We spent the Day swimming, sun bathing and walking at the coast in a town called Piran. It was really good to get out of the city, see the countryside and catch a glimpse of both Italy and Croatia across the water. Mia (if your reading this) I’m really, really grateful for all your hospitality in Ljubljana. In fact, that goes for everyone I’ve met from HC who’s been in contact during my trip – thanks!


Boats in Piran Habour

Piran Peninsula

Posing in Piran

Monday started at 4am, I flew home next to a fat guy playing Bruce Willis DVD’s and I was home in time for lunch. Unlike the last time I returned home when I saw a large, crazy drunk-woman running down the Cowley road in nothing but her underwear – the journey was quite boring. However, I did glance out of the bus window to see a red ford Escort (with a spoiler) with two kids in the back, a Chav blonde mum smoking a cigarette with the Sun newspaper on the dashboard. It was perfect.


Henry

So, now I have all the time in the world lookout for some pictures and emails coming to an in box near you soon

Ian, Edd, Eddy or whatever I introduced myself as….

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I have a plan…

Boom boom – I’m back home! Yes, I decided to pull off a classically funny ‘arrive home without warning anyone’ move. It wasn’t really that funny.

12 Countries, 20 towns and 35 beds since I left I am back in sunny oxford.

Although, I returned to Slovenia last week full of beans and convinced I would land a room and a job and live happily ever after. However, attaching such a move onto the end of a three month trip wasn’t such a great idea after all and, after a week of trying I’ve put the idea on hold – temporarily.

A few reasons for coming back are…

1. I ran out of toothpaste
2. I ran out of shaving foam
3. My tooth (the one that broke) was getting annoying
4. My 3 smelly T-Shirts, 3 Jeans and 3 Shirts were getting very boring
5. I hit a 3 month travel wall
6. I hadn’t organised anywhere to stay
7. Tetley Tea
8. I want to find someone from 3 (my phone company) and give them a wedgie
9. Flights are cheap
10. The Bullingdon comedy club is on the first Wednesday of every month
11. I’m not paying to use this PC or Internet

But, before I go on, for completeness I will write up the last few days of my trip. So, here go’s…

After a late night on Thursday at a place called KMS (pronounced Ke Me S-uh) Friday night was nice and quiet and after a Gin and Tonic with Mia I hit the sack for an early night. Saturday AM was less quiet and I spent a fun morning with Marica eating a large sandwich and shopping for jeans and Saturday night was anything but quiet!

In fact Saturday night was a shining example of the randomness of almost all the nights out over the last three months. Watching Slovenia lose to Norway in the world cup qualifiers at Celica I got talking to a French guy and his girlfriend and they told me all about a crazy Slovenian pub-fight that they witnessed the night before. Then I was invited to join a guy from Hawaii, a Spanish couple, a girl from Norway and two other guys from San Francisco. After another beer and 10 minute chat we headed out to a bar around the corner on Metalkova square. Outside I met a guy from Brazil who was working for Amnesty and selling home grown ‘Tobacco’ and inside I met (along with many Slovenians) a guy from Nigeria who was studying Agronomy at Uni in Ljubljana and finally, to round the night off I met one of the nicest girls I’ve met in the whole three months – lovely Slovenian girl called Sandra.

Sunday was also great and was the perfect ending to my trip. We spent the Day swimming, sun bathing and walking at the coast in a town called Piran. It was really good to get out of the city, see the countryside and catch a glimpse of both Italy and Croatia across the water. Mia (if your reading this) I’m really, really grateful for all your hospitality in Ljubljana. In fact, that goes for everyone I’ve met from HC who’s been in contact during my trip – thanks!


Boats in Piran Habour

Piran Peninsula

Posing in Piran

Monday started at 4am, I flew home next to a fat guy playing Bruce Willis DVD’s and I was home in time for lunch. Unlike the last time I returned home when I saw a large, crazy drunk-woman running down the Cowley road in nothing but her underwear – the journey was quite boring. However, I did glance out of the bus window to see a red ford Escort (with a spoiler) with two kids in the back, a Chav blonde mum smoking a cigarette with the Sun newspaper on the dashboard. It was perfect.


Henry

So, now I have all the time in the world lookout for some pictures and emails coming to an in box near you soon

Ian, Edd, Eddy or whatever I introduced myself as….

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Sulfonamide Wonga

Anyone who’s been here to Slovenia will know how confusing it is dealing with a fist full of Tollars (Slovenian money). What’s more the good people of Slovenia use 10, 20 and 50 Tollar notes AND 10, 20 and 50 Tollar coins! Uh? What’s that for?

Anyway, once again I am seeking refuge in Xplorer internet cafe as a large and loud thunderstorm pours five lakes worth of water on top of Ljubljana. So, if the sun is shining right now where you are please – get outside and enjoy it!

BTW, Sulfonamide is the recommended spelling-correction for the word ‘Slovenia’ – I guess it’s better than suggesting ‘Slovakia’

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Sulfonamide Wonga

Anyone who’s been here to Slovenia will know how confusing it is dealing with a fist full of Tollars (Slovenian money). What’s more the good people of Slovenia use 10, 20 and 50 Tollar notes AND 10, 20 and 50 Tollar coins! Uh? What’s that for?

Anyway, once again I am seeking refuge in Xplorer internet cafe as a large and loud thunderstorm pours five lakes worth of water on top of Ljubljana. So, if the sun is shining right now where you are please – get outside and enjoy it!

BTW, Sulfonamide is the recommended spelling-correction for the word ‘Slovenia’ – I guess it’s better than suggesting ‘Slovakia’

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Rocky

Brilliant

http://theteatime.free.fr/talc/rocky.html

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Rocky

Brilliant

http://theteatime.free.fr/talc/rocky.html

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Dentistry

There are certain things that suck when you are away. Things like loosing your cash card (twice), getting on the wrong bus, sleeping on the floor of a packed train after 5 pints and having half of your tooth falling off!

Just 2 minutes ago I managed to complete the above list. Somehow a cheese and ham sandwich has destroyed my tooth! The worst thing is it’s my fault since my dentist told me I needed to have it repaired. She also told me it would be 150 pounds and quickly put me off the idea (being just before my holiday etc). And so, my false ecconomising has jumped up and bitten me in the tooth.

Besides my tooth falling off things are good. In fact, I have a confession to make – I’m back in Slovenia. Sat in Struga on the border with Albania I completely bottled-out of visiting the last country on my radar. The only bus I could take to Albania would drop me in Tirana at 4am on the side of the road. Depending on your sence of adventure this is either exciting or stupid. I decided it would be the latter and so, I did a large Macedonian U turn, hopped on a bus back to Skopje (3 hours) a night train to Belgrade (10 hours) and a day train to Ljubljana (9 hours) So, just a day later I arrived 4 countries north in my favourite corner of this continent. It rained.

While the journey up here was generally OK it was also mind-bendingly boring. For the 9 hours between Belgrade and Ljubljana I didnt take enough food, my MP3 player was dead and I had no book. This leaves very very few entertainment options bar headbutting the seat infront of you while dribbling into your lap. I was saved from total boredom during the last hour after striking up a conversation with a Serbian bank manager who had lived in Australia for the past 15 years. A nice guy who translated the various train shinanigans such as the Macedonian guy being grilled by the various border police.

Back in my favourite hostel Ive had some good company over the past week including a decent Canadian call Bart, 3 Calafornian girls, 5 Italians on a Stag party, a Polish-German, a couple from Brighton (on route to a festival in Cornwall) and a Girl From Basque county. I’ve also met up with some great HC’s, Peter who I met in Ukraine (and partied with in Budapest) and been given a place to stay by a great girl called Mia.

For Barts take on recent events check out his well written Blog at www.monsieurbart.blogspot.com. I’m the brit. Oh, and checkout the picture he took of the bull-fighter getting mauled – superb. Aparently the guy got completely trampled before being streacherd off.

Oh, I almost forgot to metion Dad. Yesterday he got a new hip. Incredible in itself he’s been told he can walk on it tomorrow! I don’t understand these things but its bloody impressive. Dad, you never told me if you kept the old one as a souvenir?

OK, so thats all from me for now. I’m off to formulate a plan.

Eddy

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