Embracing the bizarre on epic journey
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right?
Earlier this month, I left Broome for five weeks to travel around Europe with my sister and a group of friends.
The experiences I’ve already had and the things I have seen would make “trip of a lifetime” somewhat of an understatement.
After a four-hour stop over in Abu Dhabi, with humid weather reminiscent of Broome’s wet season, I landed at my first destination of Amsterdam.
The advice I was given before arriving in the Netherlands city was to go in with an open mind and that’s exactly what I did.
The thing that appealed to me with Amsterdam was how different the culture was to Australia and no matter how bizarre or risque something may seem, I embraced it and made the most of it.
Visiting the house of Anne Frank, enjoying a Heineken by the canals, shopping around Dam Square and taking photos at the “I Amsterdam” sign were the highlights of my three days in this very unique city.
Shortly after, I flew into London where my group and I met those we would travel with for our first Contiki tour.
Our Contiki leader gave us a fantastic tour around London, showing us some of the magnificent sites such as Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
With Pride celebrations being all the rave in London at the time, it was only fitting that the next night we saw the Broadway show Kinky Boots as part of our tour.
Following a day of sightseeing, we ventured off to Wireless Music Festival, headlined by international star The Weeknd, who had festival-goers screaming for more by the end.
London has a real homely feel to it and the perfect way to end it was a proper English breakfast before jumping on the coach and ferry to heading to our next destination: Paris.
It only takes an hour to fall in love with Paris.
After settling in, we were taken around the city to see the historical sites with everyone eager to see the Eiffel Tower.
Seeing as we had spent an entire day sitting in the coach, we were more than happy to take the stairs all the way up to the second floor of one of the world’s most iconic structures.
The view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower was breathtaking and it was the perfect way to begin the first of three days in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Jakeb Waddell at the canals in Amsterdam, next to the house of Anne Frank.
A scenic view of Buckingham Palace in London.
The Eiffel Tower lit up at night.