Backpacking Adventures in Europe

For about a week and a half now, I have been wandering around Central and Eastern Europe via train. This monthlong trip has kind of been my college graduation present to myself and a time to return to Europe on vacation before “real life” begins in the fall.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite trip moments so far through snapshots:

1. Exploring the historic old town in Warsaw

Warsaw was my first stop- I was lucky to have a great hostel where I met a friend right away and we enjoyed a free walking tour through the UNESCO world heritage site that is Warsaw’s old town.

  2. Visiting Oskar Schindler’s former factory in Krakow

The most major bucket list item on my list by far! Words can’t really encapsulate how cool it was to actually visit the place I had read about and studied so much. I give a lot of credit to Schindler’s story and learning about the Holocaust in Europe to my later interest in international relations.

 3. Touring the Wieliczka salt mines

I randomly made a friend during another tour who accompanied me to the salt mines! 3 hours of licking salt off the walls and viewing entire cathedrals of salt.

   4. Relaxing in the thermal baths of Budapest

Budapest is such a cool place that many more moments could be included here. I was only there for 2.5 days and really could have used a whole week! By far my favorite though was getting to try out the five different thermal baths at the Gellert Bathhouse in Budapest- so calming! Some of the baths were nice and warm, others pretty chilly and one we got kicked out of for not wearing bath caps..

 5. Climbing up the staircase to Graz’s Schlossberg and the city views afterwards

I stumbled upon this part of Graz on my first day there and boy was it gorgeous up there. A good workout to climb up and walk around! Traditional Styrian food and wine followed 🙂

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