eurotrip 2014.

eurotrip 2014.

10 days. 2 countries.

Wished it was more like a bajillion countries in 10 days (Believe me! I've tried!), but the hubsterz had to lure me back down from Cloud 9. (Put up a bit of a fight on the way down, hah!)

But, but, but ... I kinda liked it on Cloud 9!

One of my travel dreams is to spend at least a year in Europe, hopping from country to country, spending my days photographing/exploring Old World beauty and nights dining/conversing with the locals. There's something utterly simple in this whole European lifestyle. And I'm totally head-over-heels in love with it. Quality of life, man.

In the meantime, I'll take Europe in small doses until that dream becomes a reality. I'm determined to beat my longest European cameo of 4 months!

Countless thank yous to the long-time Euro friends (Andy, Guil, Jan + Stef) for making this most recent Euro trip pounce unlike any other Euro trip experience in the past! It's a whole different ballgame when you personally see their world through their eyes and their words  right next to them. I felt like we were more than just passerbys. More like somewhere between tourists and locals. Hah! Thank you, friends from Ireland + Germany - y'all made us fall even more in love with your country!

Euro City 1 >>>  Dublin, Ireland.

Euro City 2 >>> Berlin, Germany.

Euro City 3 >>> Tübingen, Germany.

besos ... jin.

 

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This guy. Andy. From Ireland. The most unlikely character we've met at a hostel in Malaysia some 5 years ago. A meet-and-greet extraordinaire working the front desk most enthusiastically. And if anything, he was probably THE highlight of the hostel. With that Irish jive he had going on - it def overshadowed some of the interesting parts of the place (That's another story!), but yah, he'd always had something colorful to add to the mini convos in passing, day in and day out. So anyways, he thought we were cool. We (V, Yi-Xuan, ChewLee, I) thought he was cool. We're all cool. Cool people keep in touch.

Fast forward 5 years later. So we got to thinking. It's been years since our last Eurotrip. Years! How'd that happened?? Time to get back to the Old World! Pronto. And we did just that. Booked us an overnight flight in a Dreamliner, right over the pond, straight into Dublin. 'Cause we've never been to Ireland and hey, Andy is there!

In true meet-and-greet style, Andy met us up at our hotel on Day 1. Simply just to welcome us into his hometown, then he was off for a bit. Hours later he came back to what began the weekend warrior whirlwind across Dublin. Started off with some sushi (and Sake Bombs!), theeen commenced the official cray-cray Irish pub crawl. Met some of Andy's friends along the way, asked everyone of them about the Irish Car Bomb (which astonishingly enough, no one knew what the heck we were talking about), befriended a couple of gals from Maritius over pizza ('Where the heck is Maritius??') and ended the night partying with them at a salsa club. Day 1 - DONE.

Day 2 was a bit more tamed, filled with touristy fun. From the oh-so-green parks (Hello, Oscar Wilde!) to the museum hopping to the Riverdance show. Throw in the occasional Irish pub break in between, where we introduced Andy to Tinder and had an entertaining go with it before he promptly returned the kindness by challenging V to the Ice Bucket Challenge, haha! Overall, we really were surprised by the walkability of proper Dublin. Like, how insanely close everything happened to be. A 5 minute walk here, a 10 minute walk there. Easily knocked off everything (worth seeing per Andy) in just a day. Although, believe it or not, with the constant chatter as we walked through the city, it WAS hard to remember to photo-document the trip. Andy, you are one entertaining conversationalist. BUT I did manage to squeeze in some beloved urban snaps and briefly ponder upon the cityscape likeness of London. (No? Just me?)

Next visit we're def gonna extend the adventures to more than just a weekend. Rent a car and explore the Irish countryside. Travel to Cork, Limerick, up north to Belfast. Find us some leprechauns and a pot of gold. (Had to throw in a stereotype eventually! *does Irish jig* =P)

Andy, you (and your upcoming Indie film) are always welcome at Casa de Chu-Ferrer. Texas awaits your cameo appearance! Let the world adventures continue, from Malaysia to Ireland to Texas!

'Friends for life.' - Andy Byrne.

besos ... jin.