I'm back in Paris. My flight is midday tomorrow, so this is essentially my last day in Europe and will be my last teamliquid post before I get back to New Zealand.
I know it's been over a month now since my post about Luxembourg, but i've been so busy that I haven't had the time to spend a couple hours writing about my travels. I've been taking plenty of photos, and recording my thoughts onto a voice recorder. Rest assured, the next 30 odd posts be up smartish once I get home.
After Luxembourg, I went to Amsterdam and Antwerpen. Then after finally getting my Visa working, I left Brussels for the last time around three weeks ago. I took the train through Paris and down into Colmar in the south of France. Another friend of the family kindly picked me up and we drove off to get my first sight of Germany. After a few days exploring Alsace and the Black Forest while being based in Brisach im Rhein (near Freiburg).
I then took a train down to Zurich. After exploring the town, I had my backpack stolen in the Zurich train station. Thankfully i'd distributed my valuables around, so I didn't lose all that much. Just my toiletries, food, some money and all the photos I hadn't uploaded (Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, Colmar, Black Forest), which were on my flash drive.
From Zurich, I took a train down to Milano. The next day, I was on into Venezia (Venice), where I stayed for a few days until heading to Firenze (Florence) again staying a few days before taking another train to Roma.
After a few days in Roma (I haven't stayed anywhere more than two nights in weeks now), I flew into London. After seeing some of the sights there, I continued on into Salisbury and Bath. Bath gave way to Brighton, before I made my way to Haywards Heath for Flicky's fantastic UK TSL meetup (fun fun times).
After a few hours sleep and feeling a tad hungover, I made my way to Dover, where I took the ferry over to Calais. I managed to catch the last train from Calais to Paris. A long day of seeing the sights I didn't manage to see last time (Musee du Orsay for instance) brings us up to the present.
Funny feeling being back in Paris actually. I feel more at home here than I did in England, which I didn't expect at all. Just been to the Sacre Coeur again, which looks very different and was a very moving experience. I like the symmetry of starting and ending my European adventure here.
So much traveling has left me constantly tired. My legs and feet ache and my brain feels like it has seen more than enough art. Bit of shame, as I couldn't fully appreciate the fantastic pieces i've seen today. Since leaving Flicky's house, the building weariness has been hitting me full force. I think I've been here a perfect amount of time.
It'll be good to see some people I know again. Haven't even seen Kelly in weeks.
It has been a fantastic trip, with plenty of ups (and admittedly a few downs) but i'm really looking forward to being home now, though I can't help but feel i'll be a very different Adam from the one that left Auckland what feels like a year ago.
Long long flight ahead of me tomorrow, see you all when I get back.
All the best everybody,