Well, the 2016 has finally come to an end. It’s now the time when everyone is summing it up and you can read their “bests” and “reviews” everywhere. We thought we could join in, since it’s a nice and fun idea to reminiscence a bit about our previous adventures. Here are some of our highlights and personal favourites from this year. You can read about our best memories, see some numbers and check out our blog review!
FAVOURITE TRAVELLING MEMORIES
- Making a snowman in Prague and taking it with us for an adventure.
We visited the capital of Czech Republic in winter and had been graced with some snow. So, obviously we decided to make a tiny snowman- who looked like a donkey for whatever reason, and since it was so small and easy to carry, we decided to bring it with us everywhere and take lots of pictures of it in front of as many attractions as we could manage. We walked with it for few long hours, unfortunately not without accidents- it fell and got destroyed once in front of a church, but we managed to fix it up and continue on our way. We went to a couple of museums that day and our snowman diligently waited for us outside, hidden behind posters or in side alleys. At the end of the day we bid our goodbyes and left it on a windowsill in front of McDonald’s, but it definitely made our adventure more memorable with its company.
- Finding amazing hosts in London
We knew finding a host in the capital of England will be close to impossible. After many declined requests we managed to find a couple of people willing to take us in. And let us tell you, without them the trip would not be the same. We stayed a couple of nights with a very nice guy Oliver, who not only shared his flat and food with us- he also took us on an amazing tour through Brixton– one of the prettiest and most colorful parts of London to us. Then, after one unpleasant experience with our second host and spending the entire day in a museum trying to find somewhere else to sleep, Tunder and Filipe came to the rescue and let us stay in their incredible flat. We shared a couple of very nice meals together – and one very early morning in Tunder’s case – and we loved it! We are very grateful we had the chance to meet such incredible people! ❤
- Woodstock Festival in Poland
Before we left for our eurotrip, we wanted to rest and spend some quality time with our friends. We went to the Woodstock Festival in Poland- biggest free music festival in Europe. We slept in our tent for a few nights and attended many amazing workshops, lectures and concerts. We had learnt a lot and managed to get a lot of free stuff (condoms!, badges, books, sweets). The weather, however, was not in our favour it was very rainy -so we also got to experience getting covered with mud ; ) . Since all of our clothes had gotten wet, we had to buy some new pants and from that point forward we’ve officially been in love with harem trousers!
- Dumpster diving in Copenhagen
The capital of Denmark turned out to be a very good place for people with no money. When we arrived, we only had euros with us, and no Danish krone, so we had to improvise in order to get food. Thankfully, trashwiki provided us with many possible spots to dumpsterdive in, and after a scare that we had with a machine that started making noise the moment we began diving (We never ran so fast in our entire lifes!) we managed to get a lot of food – like and entire dumpster full of still good milk?? Dominika even found some chocolate and a bouquet of flowers to give Aleks. When we were leaving a couple of days later, we left a box filled with food next to a church and a note “Food for the hungry”.
- Astonishing views in Prague
Prague is stunningly beautiful, especially in winter when everything is covered in snow. Since it’s very hilly, you can enjoy the views of the city basically all the time, no matter where you are. But the best view to us was from the was from the tower of the Strahov Monastery – absolutely breathtaking! Unfortunately, seeing that particular view costs quite a lot of money, since you have to pay for the entry ticket, so be mindful of that when you go to Prague.
- Riding a bike in Amsterdam
Our hosts and friends in Amsterdam lend us two bikes so we could get from their house to the city center easier. It was quite a long ride but riding a bike in the mornings and evenings was very pleasant; it made us feel free and like we had nothing to worry about. Even though we had two bikes for three of us so it wasn’t a very comfortable, we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless and sang songs to distract Dominika, so she wouldn’t be so scared of riding on the back of the bike.
- Our host in Oslo playing on a guitar
Max hosted us in his flat in Oslo two times now, and both of those times were amazing! More recently when we were there, he decided to play on his guitar for us and sing songs in order to make our stay at his place more pleasant. He is not only a talented musician but also a song-writer and he played us his own music. It was one of the most pleasant evenings we’ve had and it made us feel at peace.
- Pride Week in Poznań
Aleks and Dominika are members of an LGBT+ organisation in Poznań, and they were one of the people in charge of organising the Pride Week. It was amazing to see their hard work from the entire year finally pay off during the last days of September 2016. People organised many workshops, lectures and debates, and the march at the end was incredible fun. We had the chance to meet many incredible people as well as our friends and all walk together with rainbow flags decorating the entire street.
We also had the opportunity to create our own event for this year’s Pride Week which was all about transgender people. It had two parts. The first one was a lecture where people could learn some basic or more advanced terminology about the topic, and the second one was a panel with various trans people- each with a different gender identity. The audience had the possibility to ask them questions. It was a great success and many, many people came to attend.
- Pride in Antwerp and Pride in Copenhagen
Those were two separate Prides, they were both different and incredible in their own ways! In Antwerp we had the chance to see the police force- not there to make a barricade around the LGBT+ people like they have to do in Poland to protect them from aggressive homophobes – no! They were marching right alongside us and also having fun! We had also seen a double-decker with kids from rainbow families ❤
Pride in Copenhagen had many cool platforms with beautiful and colorful people on and around them! For example, a whole big platform of a theatre was one of the best ones we’ve seen. There were a lot of people in costumes and were singing and being in their roles.
- Sleeping on a grass in a park in Berlin
We decided that our time spent in Berlin should be worry-free and we should de-stress after all of those terrible months of university. That’s why we spent many hours chilling in several parks and social gardens. One time we were a bit tired and sleepy, so we decided to take a nap on the grass. After two hours of resting, we felt very refreshed and relaxed. We definitely needed this at the beginning of our trip.
- Museum in Stockholm
During out trip we couldn’t visit any art museums because they were expensive, so once we found out that Stockholm has many free ones we couldn’t miss them! We were supposed to spend exactly one day in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, but after spending a couple of hours there, we realised that it wouldn’t be enough and traveled there again the next day. Each exhibition had something interesting and new to show us – if we didn’t have to take breaks for food and rest we would probably never leave. The most incredible exhibition was one of Yayoi Kusama and her wonderful dotted installations and rooms. We can definitely recommend her art to everyone ❤
- Exploring the beautiful city of Zurich
Zurich happened to be one of the most stunning cities in our road and exploring it was super fun! It was nice to just walk around and enjoy beautiful buildings and clear water of Inn river and Zurich lake. We still think that it’s a perfect place to live and hope to travel to Switzerland again and cross Zurich’s paths.
- Dinners on the balcony of our host’s place in Innsbruck
Our host and his friends have this tradition of making and eating dinner together every night. When we arrived at their place in Innsbruck we were also invited to join in. Everyone helped in the meal’s preparation so we could all sit together on the balcony and enjoy the food and the beautiful view of the Alps. It was one of the best meals we had during our travels and we were very happy we had the chance to spend some time with the locals ❤
OUR TRAVELING YEAR IN NUMBERS
We visited 12 countries
Travelled for ~76 days
Did 11 plane flights all together
Got 64 references on couchsurfing; which is more than 22 per person
Earned 249,21 euro + 6 swiss franks while travelling
Attended 8 Pride Parades/Marches
Wow. We made a lot of great memories! Although 2016 sucked, it was, in fact, our best year when it comes to traveling. This year we visited many incredible countries and went on our first eurotrip. We completed the challenge of spending only 1 euro/day while traveling and even travelled for free (that is our superpower!) and started this blog. It was thanks to the passion for traveling that Aleks and Dominika became a couple and moved in together. Also, it was only this year when Aleks and Laura met for the first time. We can only hope that there will be even more good things in the future, for us and for y’all!
BTW, speaking of our blog, we will sum this blogging year up for you, too!
This year we started our adventure with blogging, on 13.11.2016. Since then we have published 11 posts.
Our most read post is guide: busking – making money on the road and 527 people have seen it which is crazy considering how small we are. Our second best post is free travel: poor gays but still on holidays.
We have 188 followers on Facebook and 102 on Instagram. If you haven’t hit a “follow” button on those websites and you’d like to see more of what we do, you can go and do it now! ❤
We hope that 2017 will be even better than the previous years. Both for our adventures and for our blog. Stay tuned and experience everything with us.
Big thanks to everyone who reads, comments and shares our posts ❤