Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น & Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy

Rome (C)

  • Vatican ticket now if we want to go (2 days in Rome if this)

  • Don't do hostel

  • 1 day should be good

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Musei Capitolini

  • St. Peter's Basilica

  • Colosseum (Lizzie)

  • Sistine Chapel (ceiling painting)

  • Pantheon (dome thing)

Florence (CN)

  • Train (1.5 hours from Rome)

  • Immaculate

  • Florence Duomo aka Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

  • Piazzale Michelangelo - for panoramic view

  • San Lorenzo market

Siena (CN) - maybe

  • Near Florence

Milan (NE)

  • Train (2 hours from Florence)

Venice (NE)

  • Train (2.5 hours from Florence)

  • Gondola

๐Ÿ›

  • Leather and gold (Florence)

  • Glass blowing (Murano island)

  • Ceramics (Amalfi coast)

  • Silk (Como)

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain

Barcelona (NE)

  • Mercat de santa Caterina (food market)

  • Mercat de la Boqueria (food market)

  • Arc de Triomf

  • Basilica de La Sagrada Familia (thing never done building)

  • Monistrol (above Barcelona - nature thing, mountain top, cable cart)

  • Park Guell (Cheetah Girls)

Madrid (C)

  • Mercado de san Miguel (more traditional food market)

  • Mercado de san Anton (looks like a mall food market)

Basque Country (super north)

  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (staircase)


26 (T)

Day in Rome ๐Ÿ˜ด

27 (W)

Mostly Rome

Train to Florence (1 hr) - last time is 8 PM ๐Ÿš‚

Florence ๐Ÿ˜ด

28 (R)

Florence

Florence ๐Ÿ˜ด

29 (F)

Train to Milan (2 hr) ๐Ÿš‚

Day in Milan

Milan ๐Ÿ˜ด

30 (S)

Fly to Madrid (2.5 hr) โœˆ๏ธ

31 (S)

01 (M)

02 (T)

03 (W)

04 (R)

05 (F)

06 (S)

Home

๐Ÿ˜ด


Nice to Know

BlaBlaCar - ride share ๐Ÿš—

Luggage storage in Rome near one of the train station

Missions

Steven - take the same pictures at Arc De Triophe as we do in Arc De Triof

Costa Rice ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท

Below list from Anniโ€™s friend:

Developed Beaches:
Tamarindo (good for surf)
Flamingo
Conchal
Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste)

Less developed beaches (my fave):
Manuel Antonio National Park
Dominical (good for surf)
Bahia ballena
Santa Teresa (good for surf)
Montezuma: thereโ€™s a great hike up the river to a waterfall

Caribbean beaches (AMAZING):
Puerto viejo
Manzanillo
Cocles

Arenal hot springs (an active volcano with nice spas and relaxing hot springs)
Tabacon Hotel has the most natural hot springs.
Springs resort is one of the best hotels in the world

Monteverde: a cloud forest. You can zip line, rent ATVs, be in nature

Food:
Gallo Pinto (rice and beans CRicans have for bfast)
Casado (a lunch dish with rice, beans, salad, meat, sweet plantains)
Chrifrijo (the most tipical dish. if you like chipotle, u will def like this)
Churchill: โ€˜snow coneโ€™ with condensed milk, powdered milk, and ice cream. Usually get it at the beach only
Tamales: CR tamales are better than Mexican tamales

15 Hours in Iceland

Kevin's itinerary for a 15 hour layover in Iceland! September 2017


Rent Car: Northbound.is (~7 minutes from KEF)

  • $113 USD

  • Automatic

  • Nissan Micra Automatic

  • Unlimited miles

  • Airport pickup and drop-off

  • Get a GPS or pocket wi-fi (additional cost)

Skip Blue Lagoon - timing doesn't work out anyways

Reykjavik (~45 minutes from Northbound.is)

  1. Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

    • Hot dogs for breakfast!

    • Saturday hours: 10:00 am - 04:30 am

  2. Harpa

    • It's too early to go inside. The building looks nice outside though

    • Is a good place to stay warm and hang out when they do open

  3. Sรณlfariรฐ

    • Popular famous sculpture outside by the water

  4. Perlan

  5. Nauthรณlsvรญk

    • Free hot spring/beach

  6. Ellidaardalur

    1. Park with river and small waterfalls within the city

Head to the Golden Circle

  1. Thingvellir National Park (~45 minutes from Reykjavik)

    • ร–xarรกrfoss Waterfall

    • Flosagjรก fissure (throw a coin and make a wish; clear water between N. America and Europe's plates)

    • Almannagja (UNESCO; valley)

  2. Laugarvatn Fontana (lagoon if you want to try this one)

    • 10:00 AM

    • 4200 ISK

  3. Efstidalur II (~40 minutes from Thingvellir)

    • 11:30 AM; 10:00 AM for ice cream

    • Apparently the food is good here

  4. Bruarfoss Waterfall (~10 minutes from Efstidalur II)

  5. Strokkur geyser (~17 minutes from Efstidalur II)

  6. Gullfoss (~10 minutes from Strokkur)

  7. Faxi (~20 minutes from Gullfoss)

  8. Secret Lagoon (~15 minutes from Faxi)

    • 10:00 AM

    • 2800 ISK

  9. Keriรฐ Crater (~30 minutes from Secret Lagoon)

  10. Selfoss (~15 minutes from Keriรฐ)

Back to Reykjavik

  1. Islenski Barinn for reindeer burger

    • Saturday hours: 11:30 AM - 3:00 AM [ BUT ]

    • Kitchen hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

  2. Hallgrimskirkja (church)

    • Hours: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

    • ~$9 USD

    • Kind of like the city hall of Reykjavik

    • Still too early to go inside

  3. Kolaportiรฐ

    • Flea market

    • 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

  4. Passion Reykjavik

    • Bakery/cafe with sandwiches

Shop & explore some more

Arrive: 12:05 AM
Sunrise/sunset: ~04:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Links to Cool Stuff

Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

 ๐ŸŽ Bali can be our initial base cause everyone wants to go to Bali ๐Ÿ˜› then we can split and do our own thing or form mini groups based on what people want to do โœŒ๏ธ

Here's just my list of interest and helpful info. Let me know your thoughts and places and I'll update! ๐Ÿค“ 

Places

Bali

  • Seminyak - most developed; crazy villas

  • Jimbaran Bay Seafood - sunset on the beach and seafood

  • Tegenungang - famous waterfall. Lots of people. Slippery!

  • Padang Bulia - lesser known amazing waterfall

  • Ubud - monkey jungle? Rice paddies = ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • Uluwatu - more quiet, very scenic

  • Nungnung waterfall** - bucket list!

  • Suluban Beach

  • Gunning Kwai - temple

  • ? Tanah Lot - sunset

  • ? Besakih temple - up and up stairs

  • ? Sanur - less packed side to stay at

  • ? Thebalidriver.com

Penida Island [east]

  • Nusa Penida - dinosaur hike (Kelingking), have a driver

  • Hike to bottom about 1/2 hour

  • Timing! Low tied could prevent boats from leaving

Gili Islands (off of Lombok) [east] - No cars, just peddle bikes. More expensive.

  • Mawi Beach

Komodo Island [east]

Padar Island [east]

Java - Central [west]

  • Yogyakarta

  • Borobudur Temple

Java - East [west]

  • Tumpak Sewu waterfall

Skip ๐Ÿ™…

  • Kuta - too many people, most Westernized

  • Selong beach - crowded

  • Jakarta - big city, don't care


Missions

  • Unicorn in our own villa pool ๐Ÿฆ„

  • Meet up with Chi-e!? ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

  • Jump off some cliffs ๐Ÿณ

  • Sunrise at Borobudur Temple ๐ŸŒ„

Know/Do

  • 2 blank pages in passport required if 30+ days ๐Ÿ›‚

  • Shots? ๐Ÿ’‰

  • Lo has Marriott discount ๐Ÿข

  • Have to pay to get on a lot of the beaches on Lombok ๐Ÿ’ฐ

  • Lizards and bugs everywhere ๐Ÿ›

  • Sarong to cover legs in holy places ๐Ÿ‘— and an extra tie thing to symbolize tying your mind to focus on the gods ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  • Blue Bird ๐Ÿš•

  • Go-Jex = Uber ๐Ÿ›ต

  • Post trip songs ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ“ฝ

โ˜€๏ธ April - November is dry season || โœˆ๏ธ Right after EDC

Airports ๐Ÿš€

  • Denpasar International Airport (DPS) aka Ngurah Rai International Airport - Bali

    • Leaving the parking lot, go out pass crosswalk, turn left for meter ๐Ÿš• or keep going till end, turn right, now out in the streets for cheapest rides

  • Lombok (LOP) - Gili Islands

  • Labuan Bajo (LBJ) - Komodo Island

    • About 1.5 hr from DPS

  • Surabaya (SUB) - Java east

Helpful Links ๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ

Map

Vancouver

  • Compass pass for train
  • Take Sky Train to downtown
  • They donโ€™t have Uber
  • Seabus to north Vancouver

Places

  • Stanly Front Seawall
  • Granville Island - public market (like the place in San Fran) 
  • Lynn Villegas - Lynn canon (cliff jump, suspension bridge, hike) ๐ŸŒŠ โ€œfreezing cold water, 30 ft poolโ€
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Movie studio tour

One Day in Seoul

Korea Transit Tour

  • Incheon International Airport โ†’ Gyeongbokgung Palace โ†’ Insa-dong โ†’ Incheon International Airport
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed in 1395and the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung Palace was built about 25 years earlier than the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The palace was burned down in 1592 during a Japanese invasion but was restored in 1867 during the reign of King Gojong.

    Insa-dong is a popular neighborhood located at Jongno, Seoul and is home to antique ships, folk art galleries and small shops selling traditional goods.


City Areas

  • Myungdong area (street food, shopping)

Terminal 2 - BEFORE security

  • Observation deck (calm dark tunnel, interactive play area)
  • Free shuttle bus at gate 5 to go to terminal 1 (about 20 minutes)

Chicago

Hi Mikey! ๐Ÿ™‹

Get to The Bean a little after sunrise if you want to see pictures with the bean without too many other people in there.

Do the architecture boat tour. I didn't because I normally don't like doing tours but my cousin did it and said it was really enjoyable. Try to do it during sunset so you can see the build details during the day and see them all light up at night.

Same with the Skydeck. We went right before sunset and just stayed up there until the sunset so we could see all the lights. People have also mentioned to skip the Skydeck and go to the bar above the Skydeck.

Yolk is a breakfast place near the aquarium that Thuy and I really enjoyed.

You won't need a car unless you plan to get out of the city. We mostly walked everywhere. Also used Uber/Lyft. Looking for parking would also be a pain.

Thuy and I went down by the water every morning for the sunrise. It was really nice. Lots of runners. I would recommend doing that for a morning if you guys are morning people. I think the water was Lake Michigan.

Below are the list of places we ate at and went to. There is also a list of places I wrote down that my Uber driver told me about but I didn't get to.

Let me know if you have specific questions! Have fun!!

Do/See

  • Architecture boat tour
  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park - The Bean
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Marina Tower
  • Palmer house
  • Skydeck
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Field Museum

Eats

  • Yolk
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
  • Glazed and Infused
  • Lou Malnati
  • Giordano's
  • Portillo's
  • Jeniโ€™s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Notes from locals

  • River North area - for dancing and bars
  • Rush Street - bar strip
  • Wicker Park - hipsters
  • Randolph street
  • Boystown - good eats
  • Green Bill - capob old park

Vietnam! ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

Loose Itinerary

  • Meet Thuy in Da Nang

  • Day in Da Nang: Golden Bridge (hand), Ba Na Hills cable car & French castle, Chรนa Linh แปจng (giant lady buddha and view)

  • Bach Ma National Park

  • โ—Look for a private car for tomorrow

  • Night in Da Nang (Wed) ๐Ÿ˜ด (Dragon bridge, Han River bridge - lights up at night)

  • My Son, Marble Mountain, Hoi An, basket boat, floating lanterns

  • Night in Hoi An (Thurs) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Wing it a bit

  • Hue (Ngo Mon gate, Imperial City)

  • โ“ (Fri) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Wing it some more

  • Fly to Da Nang

  • โ“ (Sat) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Meet Lolo Sunday

  • Meet Fu, his mom, Steph Sunday night

  • Drop stuff off at Airbnb

  • Night train to Sapa (Sun) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Sapa for a day

  • Night in Sapa (Mon) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • More of Sapa/surrounding area

  • Night train back to Hanoi (Tues) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Pick up stuff from Airbnb

  • Hanoi to Ha Long Bay shuttle

  • Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 nights (Wed, Thurs) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Back to Hanoi (Fri) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Spend a day/peace out โœŒ๏ธ

Short Sapa Option

  • Night train to Sapa (Sun) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Sapa for the day

  • Night train back to Hanoi (Mon) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Hanoi for the day

  • Night in Hanoi (Tues) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

  • Ha Long Bay cruise for 2 nights (Wed, Thurs) ๐Ÿ˜ด

  • Back to Hanoi (Fri) ๐Ÿ˜ด


Sapa Things

  • How to get from/to train station (will be 6 AM/9 PM ish)

    • Bunch of drivers will come up to you once the train stops. Keep in mind how much you want to pay. If you booked a Sapa tour, see if they have a pick-up)

  • Sunrise spots ๐ŸŒ„

  • Where to sleep

  • Sapa town/market

    • We were right in town. Didnโ€™t even need to look for it

  • Love Waterfall (can go swimming!)

  • Ta Phin Village ๐Ÿค”

  • Lao Chai

  • Cat Cat Village

Sapa Train: https://vietnamrailwaycorp.com/sapa/search

  • Sapaly Express

  • Chapa Express

  • Fanxipan Express

Sapa Tour Options

  1. Rice terrance and mountain trek (This is the one we did. Highly recommend!)

  2. Sapa Tour with Pham


Central

  • Hoi An (pretty at night, 20 minute boat tour with floating lanterns, basket boats, banh chuoi Thai - banana pancake)

  • Da Nang (hand bridge)

  • Ba Na Hills (longest nonstop single cable car, French castle, Linh Chua Linh Tu temple)

  • Bach Ma National Park**

  • Phong Nha National Park**

  • Nearest urban area: Dong Hoi

  • My Son Ancient Cham City (temple) (3 hours from Da Nang)

  • Hue (Ngo Mon gate)

North

  • Hanoi (train street)

  • Sapa (mountains, rice patties)

  • Lao Chai, Cat Cat, and Ta Phin village (handmade stuff! - just outside Sapa)

  • Ha Long Bay ๐Ÿ˜ (I'll bring you the unicorn, Fu ๐Ÿฆ„)

  • Bai Tu Long Bay (more private than Ha Long. Only Indochina Junk, Dragonโ€™s Pearl boat can archor there so it's private)

  • Ninh Binh (Trร ng an scenic landscape complex; Mua Caves)

  • Moc Chau (really green)

Super super north but oh so pretty Vietnam

  • Ban Gioc Waterfall

  • Cao Bang (cascading waterfalls)

  • Ha Giang (need a permit for certain parts โ—)


Airport Options ๐Ÿš€

  • Hanoi

  • Da Nang

Missions ๐Ÿ˜ผ

  • ๐Ÿ๏ธ Rent motorcycles/scooters/mopeds

  • ๐Ÿ‹ Sneak into a fancy hotel pool

  • ๐ŸŒŠ Jump off the boat

  • ๐Ÿ  Hoi An basket boats

  • โ›ต Floating lanterns

Food Missions

Hoi An

  • Cao lau

  • Coconut dessert

Hanoi

  • Egg coffee

  • Breakfast on skillet with pate

Things to note

  • Vinasun Taxi (starts at $8 VND flat rate)

  • Grab app

Links ๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ



(counting bail money for Fu's ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿ‘– fund)

A Week in Banff National Park (Alberta ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)

Depart: July 28th
Return: Aug 3rd

Helpful Links

Things to Know

  • Park pass is required for each day at the park

Itinerary

  • Chephren Pass*

    • 4.8 miles // 790 feet

  • Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass to Mt. Temple summit

    • 6.5 miles // 2509 feet

  • Moraine Lake (start of ^ hike)*

  • Lake Agnes*

    • 4.7 miles // 1420 feet

  • Plain of Six Glaciers*

    • 8.6 miles // 1925 feet

  • Lake O'Hara to Abbott Pass Hut (boys)

  • Lefroy or Victoria (boys)

  • Helen Lake to Cirque Peak Summit

    • 10 miles // 3704 feet

    • Go super early

    • Wear lots of layers

  • Mt. Rundle

  • Bow Glacier Falls

    • 5.4 miles // 872 feet

  • Peyto Lake (Lori recommended)


Last Day Near Calgary

  • Maybe visit Drumheller last day

    • 1.5 hr drive from airport

    • Dinosaur park

  • New Science Centre

    • interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and educational demonstrations

Ryan & Thu's Honeymoon: 2W Thailand, 2W Philippines

๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธHelpful Links

โœˆ๏ธ Flights

  1. Philly > Bangkok
  2. Bangkok > Chiang Mai
  3. Chiang Mai > Manila
  4. Manila > Palawan
  5. Palawan > Cebu
  6. Cebu > Philly

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญThings/Places

  • Bangkok
  • Chang Mai
  • Temples
  • Food Markets

Khao Sok Lake (super south of Bangkok)

  • Bungalows!

Bangkok

  • Floating market - eh
  • Erawan Falls
    • 08:00 - 16:30 daily
  • Phartat Cave
  • Huai Mae Khamin Falls

Ayutthaya (เธญเธขเธธเธ˜เธขเธฒ)

About an hour drive from Bangkok

  • Wat Chaiwatthanaram Temple

Sukhothai Historical Park

  • 06:00 - 18:00 daily
  • $$ admission

Chang Mai

  • Dragonfly Zipline
  • Jungle trek
  • Bua Tong Waterfall aka Sticky Waterfall
  • Wat Chaloem (top of mountain)
  • Chiang Rai (bone temple) // 2 hours
  • Doi Inthanon National Park // 1 hour
  • Wat Doi