Em­brac­ing the bizarre on epic jour­ney

Broome Advertiser - - Lifestyle - Jakeb Wad­dell Jakeb Wad­dell is a re­porter for the Broome Ad­ver­tiser.

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.

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

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.

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