The Last Day in Berlin – Museum Island then Iceland

On our last day in Berlin, we headed over to Museum Island, Berlin’s island …of museums. We got passes and walked through a few of the museums including a painting gallery, a sculpture gallery, and a history museum. Just like the Deutsch Museum in Munich, they were really informative. The history museum even went into the history of the museum itself. Apparently a bunch of artifacts were taken to Moscow by the soviets during their occupation of East Germany and Russia still has them. There were several exhibits that brought that fact up. I found it ironic considering the Germans were holding literally hundreds of Egyptian artifacts, but they never mentioned that in the museum.

Pizza and Packing

After an afternoon of hanging out in the museums, Nicole and I got a pizza to share and headed back to the AirBnB to pack. We loaded up our bags and took a tram to a bus to the airport. The whole trip took about an hour and reached the airport right at the 2 hour mark for our international flight. Nicole got us some food while I waited in line to check us in.

Flying to Iceland

Landing in Iceland
Landing in Iceland

The flight to Iceland was no problem. We took off on time and arrived a few hours later in Iceland. I actually slept most of the way. The new travel Austin was finally becoming accustomed to sleeping on long flights. It made the time go by much faster, but at the expense of missing airplane snacks. I made up for it by eating the rest of Nicole’s airplane sandwich when she fell asleep. [divider_flat]

Landing in Keflavik

My trusty yellow bag and a tiny blue shopping cart
My trusty yellow bag and a tiny blue shopping cart

Landing in Keflavik, Iceland’s largest airport, was a breeze, even at 1am. There was absolutely no security or anything, we just picked up our bags from the luggage carousel and walked out. No customs, no declaration forms, Iceland was just happy to have us. I loaded up my trusty yellow backpack into a tiny shopping cart and headed over to the car rental place. The guy I chatted with was really nice. He ended up giving us a free audio CD of the Golden Circle (more on that later) and another CD of Icelandic Folktales. [divider_flat]

Iceland's Keflavik Airport at 1am
Iceland’s Keflavik Airport at 1am

Finding our AirBnB

We got our keys and hopped into our rental car. I used the airport wifi to look up directions to our residence and then we departed. The trip was supposed to take only 45 minutes, but we ended up getting lost in Reykjavik. The trip took about twice as long and involved us stopping at a random house at 2am and almost knocking on the door before we realized we were in the wrong place. Luckily we figured it out and didn’t scare a random Icelandic couple with out late night intrusion. Eventually we found our AirBnB and our room inside the AirBnB. We got inside and brought our bags up to our room before passing out from an exceedingly long day.

Last Day in Munich, Here comes Berlin

Breakfast
Breakfast

On our last day in Munich we woke and prepared for the day. Once again, we visited our little breakfast buffet place. After breakfast we walked through central Munich one last time. We bought some postcards for our family, ate some snacks, and visited the Deutsch Museum in Munich.

Deutsch Museum

What a cool place.  It’s a great big museum of everything. Walking through the museum is like reading an encyclopedia. Want to learn about welding, what it is, and a history of it? There’s a section devoted to it. Want to learn about gear ratios and common applications of said ratios? There’s a section for it. Ok, so it might not be interesting for most people, but I had a blast there. I just wish more of the descriptions were in English. [divider_flat]

Viktualienmarkt
Viktualienmarkt

Traveling to Berlin

That evening, we returned to our AirBnB and packed all our things for our bus to Berlin. The bus station was close to the central train station, or Hauptbahnhof, so it was an easy walk from where the subway dropped us off. Our bus arrived a little bit late, but otherwise we didn’t have any problems traveling to Berlin.  The bus was two stories, much like a double decker London bus and the seats reclined a bit further than most airplane seats. I had no problem falling asleep within a few minutes of us leaving the bus terminal. Something about the trip and my jetlag made it incredibly easy for me to fall asleep on transportation, a problem I’ve had since I was a kid.

So Munich and Delhi are now completed. We’ve visited two of the four cities we intended to visit and we’re halfway through our trip. I enjoyed both cities for wildly different reasons. Delhi had beautiful monuments, temples, mosques, and mausoleums. Munich was quiet, peaceful, scenic, and the beer was fantastic.

Thailand Day Six: The Bro Out

This is Day Six of my Thailand trip. If you havent read the other days yet, read Day One, Two, Three, Four, and Five first. That’s right, there’s homework involved in this blog post. Just kidding. You don’t need to read any old posts. However, if you’re interested, there are some neat adventures about grand palaces, floating markets, ancient cities, and delicious food.

Wat Arun

Today Nicole and I visited Wat Arun, a temple along the river Chao Phraya. The temple is one of Bangkok’s most recognizable and memorable locations. Its easily accessed by ferry, there’s a stop right at the temple, and admission is only a few dollars.

[box type=”info”]Side Note: They had some of the nicest and cleanest bathrooms in Bangkok[/box]

Although the spires of Wat Arun, were built in the 19th century, the temple itself has existed in some form as far back as the 17th century.

Nicole and I walked around the temple and admired the intricate tile work and the temple guardians. We climbed the very steep steps to the top of the temple and looked out over the Chao Phraya. Today felt hotter than previous days, and upon checking my phone, I discovered I was right. It was so hot out that both my phone and Nicole’s phone turned off automatically due to overheating.

[box type=”alert”]I apologize for the picture quality. I didn’t bring my camera with me since I forgot my charger and my battery was running low. All of these photos were taken with my Nexus 5.[/box]

The Bangkok National Museum

Nicole and I visited Bangkok’s museum of history and explored its depths and various collections like Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum. It was a nice museum and pretty inexpensive, like the rest of Thailand. If you find yourself in in Bangkok with a free afternoon, I recommend a visit. There was a lot of information about the royal family and about Thailand’s history. Nicole and I learned a lot about Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand that we visited yesterday.

Foreigner Town

Lunch in Foreigner Town
Lunch in Foreigner Town

After the museum, Nicole and I headed to Kao San road to eat Israeli food at a restaurant called Shoshana, hebrew for “rose”. We never found the restaurant, but we did manage to find Kao San road.

Kao San road is a street in Bangkok filled with foreigners. It’s a very bro-tastic place with lots of tank tops and wayfarers. There are carts and vendors along both sides of the street and many restaurants and guesthouses.

Nicole and I stopped for a bite to eat at a little cafe before heading across the street to enjoy a foot massage. It was awesome, and the second massage I’ve ever received. My masseuse was a guy and he was much stronger than the lady masseuse I had several nights previous.

Nicole on Kao San road aka Foreigner Town
Nicole on Kao San road aka Foreigner Town

After our massages, Nicole and I bought some cheap souvenirs. I bought some sandals and shorts. She bought a bathing suit and some tank tops.[divider_flat]

Asiatique and Dr. Fish

Asiatique

Dr. Fish Foot Massage
Dr. Fish Foot Massage

For dinner we found ourselves back in Asiatique, the warehouse-turned-market plaza near our apartment. We had delicious pizza and Dr. Fish feet massages. Not massages from fishes’ feet, but massages of our feet by fish. You put your feet in small fish tanks and the little fish eat the dead skin cells on your legs. Its supposed to make your legs feel smoother. The fish tickled a lot and I can’t say my legs felt noticeably smoother after the fish massage but it was an interesting experience.