Curse my busy procrastination; where does the time go! It feels like it has been non-stop since my return from Europe back in the summer of 2013. Upon my return I went on a week-long hike at Algonquin Provincial Park then decompressed for six weeks at Sauble Beach, Ontario. Sauble Beach is the longest freshwater beach in Ontario and I have spent many of my younger summer years growing up there. During those weeks I chilled out, jogged and swam all the while working on my re-entry into the Canadian job market. After Sauble I spent a short time in Ottawa hanging out with friends, eating sushi and playing Catan before being slingshot across the country to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Berlin, the capital city of Germany with a population of 3 million people is under construction. Almost everywhere I went there were construction cranes peppering the skyline and the photos I took with my camera. Compared to other cities in Europe Berlin is young and is most recently notably known for the Berlin Wall which fell (Aug 13, 1961 to Nov 9, 1989) to mark the end of the Cold War.
Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic is one of the most stunning cities I have visited so far. Architecturally Gothic with a dash of renaissance it is hard not to admire the buildings decorated in art nouveau and art deco. Prague offers a great mix of food, culture, architecture, relaxation and excitement. Go there once and you will love it. Go there twice and you may not want to leave. Three times a charm.
Vienna, clean, orderly and efficient is the capital city of Austria and is home to about two million inhabitants. I had the pleasure of exploring this city for four days. And like my trip to Venice there was not enough time to see it all. Though I did make sure to eat their wiener schnitzel since going to Vienna and not eating their local cuisine is like going to an ice cream parlor and not having ice cream.