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Backpacking Europe: Our Itinerary!

Backpacking Europe: Our Itinerary!
11 Aug

Joe: (tsks) Hmmm Sonnie: Hi, everybody! J: (in silly, snobby voice) Where are my glasses, dear? S: You don't have glasses

and welcome to the Sonnie and Joe Talk Show J: Hmm Interesting Hello and welcome to The Sonnie and Joe Talk Show (Sonnie laughs) S: Is that what we're calling it? Today we're going to be going over where we went when we went backpacking through Europe Kind of our itinerary and it ended up changing a bit so we'll go over that and why And our cat is going to play with a pencil on the floor which you might hear

in between the tripod absolutely going to hit the camera So we flew into Amsterdam and we stayed there for 1 night Well 2 days and 1 night because we got there really early

Then we took a night bus to Berlin That was our one and only night bus, right? We didn't do a single one after that There was no point We did not sleep at all But we'll talk about that in another video! After Berlin, we were planning on going straight to Prague, but then Joe read about a city called Dresden

And we ended up going there It was right in between Berlin and Prague and it was absolutely beautiful! We stayed in Dresden for two days and then we went to Prague and we stayed in Prague for 4 days We did a day trip from Prague to Kutna Hora and that was the place that had the Bone Church J: It was only about an hour away After Prague, we did one day in Vienna because it was a bit more expensive

From Vienna, most people go straight to Budapest, but we actually stopped in the middle and did Bratislava And we're really glad that we stopped there J: Yeah Apparently, not a lot of people go there, but it was really, really nice and the people were so friendly I made a new Facebook Friend there

Yeah We went from Bratislava to Budapest and we did 4 days in Budapest J: Right S: From Budapest, Hungary, we went to Croatia to Zagreb and that's the capital city of Croatia And from there we went to the county just north of that, Slovenia

Slovenia, not to be confused with Slovakia, their capital city is Ljubjana J: Ljubjana S: Yes J: Not spelled how it's pronounced S: Oh my god

No It has J's in it It was super confusing and we didn't know how to say it for a very long time But we went there and OH! This city! It's mascot is a dragon So it had dragons everywhere

It was freakin' awesome and absolutely beautiful Joe & I had a debate about if a dragon for a city is cooler than country with a unicorn as its National Animal (Which is Scotland) So, comment below which one you think is better; a unicorn for an entire country or a dragon for a city J: Dragon for a city

S: I think unicorn for a country! I think it's awesome! Either way, mythical creatures are super schweet So cool! J: Schweet S: Super schweet From Ljubjana, we went to Lake Bled And oh my god it was so beautiful!! J: This is going to be the theme the entire video

S: Oh my god, It was so PRETTY! Slovenia was my favorite country Hands down I LOVED Slovenia Which one was your favorite country? J: Slovenia S: Yeah? J: Yeah

S: Yeah We're going to move there Probably Eventually No

Maybe! That would be a really cool place to live J: It would be amazing S: Yeah Up to that point, we'd been just doing cities and pretty much every city that we went to we made sure to go to their little local parks (which some were really huge and beautiful), but I really missed being in nature Having mountains and trees and green! So, oh, I was thrilled

I was absolutely thrilled to be in Lake Bled We spent two days in Lake Bled and then we took a local bus to Lake Bohinj Then we spent the day in Lake Bohinj and we actually only intended on staying there for 4 or 5 hours J: Couple hours Yeah

Not very long Yeah Not long at all and it was just so amazingly beautiful that we ended up completely changing our plans to leave that night for the next country And we ended up adding another night and staying J: Yeah

S: Luckily we didn't have anything booked ahead of time We kind of just booked as we were going along Lake Bohinj is located in Triglav or Triglavski I don't know if I'm pronouncing it correctly J: How to pronounce it

They say THREE-glav or THree they say 3

Like the locals there S: We don't know the language J: I don't know what's going on! S: (laughs) But it's in that National Park It's just this beautiful, big lake that's right at the base of the Alps So there's a waterfall coming from the Alps down into the lake and I couldn't personally swim in the water at all

J: No She's very cold S: It was FREEZING! It wasn't ME that was cold that was cold! It was the water that was cold J: Everyone was cold S: It was ICE COLD

Like painfully cold And somehow Joe was able to You completely submerged yourself

multiple times! J: Yeah! He was swimming and everything and I have no idea how he did it It was so cold From Lake Bohinj, we were initially planning on going south

Doing more of Slovenia and then doing the coast of Croatia And some of the islands off of Croatia And then from there taking a ferry over to Ancona, Italy, going south and doing the south east part of Italy Which pretty much only native Italians go and visit No body really goes there

There's no famous cities there So it's really authentic and we were going to be able to practice our Italian which would've been cool J: But we didn't do any of that! S: Wait! But then we were ganna take the ferry back over to Greece from Bari, J: Yeah S: Yeah, but we didn't do any of that! When Joe saw how close to Italy we were from Lake Bohinj, because we were up in the north west corner and that's where it borders with Italy So he wanted to change our plans We were so in love with Venice that Joe really wanted to do more of Italy So we found a train to Florence! We spent 2 nights and 1 day in Florence and then we went to Siena, from Florence, but just for a couple hours

We had dinner there and then went back to Florence and slept there that night Then we took the train to Rome and we actually spent 4 days in Rome because we found a campsite outside of the city It was a bus ride and then a metro ride into the heart of Rome But it wasn't that far outside of it and it was REALLY cheap WAY cheaper than staying at a hostel

After our 4 days in Rome we were planning on going down to Naples and Pompeii and Sicily My family is originally from Naples and Sicily so we wanted to visit those regions, but we couldn't get a train So we took a train from Rome to Ancona and we ended up going just straight to Greece It was a bit earlier than we anticipated so we actually had two weeks in Greece But it worked out really well

Joe: Yeah! It was a good time S: Yeah We arrived in Patras, Greece on a holiday So it was a complete ghost town Everything was closed

We didn't see anybody We did a day in Ancient Olympia and then we went down to Athens and we took a ferry from Athens and did 3 islands We first did the island of Crete Which is the largest island off of Greece and we did three nights there J: We stayed in Rethymno on Crete

It's this city in between two major port cities so it's not as touristy, but there was still a lot to do There's a ton to do on Crete We could've stayed there for easily over a week and had so much to do J: Yeah From Crete, we went to Santorini and Santorini was incredibly expensive in the Oia region

But we stayed in the complete opposite, literally Oia is up here We stayed all the way down here

Where the black beaches are in Santorini From Santorini, we went to Ios That was the last island that we did and that's kind of known as the "Party Island" So then we took a ferry back to Athens and we spent two days in Athens exploring And then we had the night in Athens and then we flew out at like 5 am the next day, right? J: Mmhmm

S: Really early the next day And from Athens came back to Edinburgh So that was 45 days of travel!

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