Sunday, September 27, 2009

April 2009

Now that I am getting settled in Copenhagen, I think back to some of the stuff I've done over the past year. It's been intense: 16 countries in 13 months. But, when I look through all the photos from April, I remember what a particularly hectic month it was-- among the busiest of the year for me. I had most of the month off of school and spent a lot of time traveling.

I had planned a trip to Europe for most of April, but managed to do quite a few other things before leaving town. As I mentioned before, I went up to Newcastle with Craig at the start of the month. I also got to see Cirque du Soleil's Quidam and catch the Sheffield Wednesday-Derby match.
Then, I left for Milan. Writing about this in hindsight is kind of difficult; partly because the next 10 days were a bit of a blur. After landing, I took the bus to Central Station to meet up with Noah
and his friends, Camille and Ania. Camille agreed to put us up for the night so that we could play around in Italy for a bit before heading into Switzerland. He and Ania had a pretty wicked place and sorted us out with breakfast in the morning. Noah and I left our stuff at Central Station and checked out the city. I had my first taste of Italian pizza and did a bit of site seeing. We ended up seeing a lot of the city before catching an afternoon train out of Central Station. The ride through the Alps was beautiful and we got to Zurich pretty late. Noah made breakfast the next morning before we rushed to catch our train to Bern-- he had worked out a way for me to travel through the country for next to nothing. We went to Leah's house for dinner and out for some beers. The next morning, I checked out the city-- it was great to see Bern after hearing Noah talk about it for years. Noah's girlfriend drove us to Biel in her Porsche for a show that turned out to be pretty fun. Biel is a pretty small city, but there were a lot of kids partying at the bar.

The next day, we helped set up for a party that some of Noah's friends were having. It was one of the last parties at the club-- the owner lived upstairs and let us party on the roof into the next day.

Otherwise, Noah and I just kicked it around Switzerland for a while and hung out by the lake. We went back and forth between Zurich and Bern a couple times, and up to Basel for a night. I saw Renzo Piano's Paul Klee Museum, Corbusier's Heidi Weber museum, the Freitag building and went for a hike in the Alps.

Being in the Alps was pretty nuts-- we hiked around for a bit, wandered through some farms and ate some massive meals.
Julia flew in from London and surprised me in Zurich. She showed me some of her favorite places in town; took me to a flea market, made pizza for us and drank Bloody Marys with Noah and me as we watched the trains roll by.
While there, I ate a lot of great Swiss food-- and even went to Noah's mom's house for fondue. On my last night in Switzerland, we went to Basel to watch Mimi blow fire at some motorcross show, and snuck a bunch of champagne from the VIP room to go kick it with friends.
The next day, I flew to London. I stayed a night with Julia and Tim, before a busy day in the city: I had my first blood pudding, drank a pitcher of Pimm's with the Heat and saw Amadou & Mariam perform at the Jazz Cafe. The next day, I flew to Inverness, Scotland. By planes, trains and buses, I made it through Portree and onto Duntulm. This was a really cool trip, and just not a place I would ever think to go on my own. I did some fishing off the Isle of Skye
and saw a really cool sunset before heading back to Sheffield. I spent the week seeing friends, before heading back down to London. I got to hang out with Julia & Tim, and also went to St. John restaurant for Brooke's birthday-- then, I spent the next couple days with Tom.


BM said...

is fergus henderson any good?

Ben Meers said...

He actually was sitting at the table next to us-- a weird guy; he made the most bazaar gestures when speaking to his staff.
The food was pretty good, but they were out of the egg-covered blood pudding that I was craving. Also, they were out of my first wine choice.

BM said...

you shoulda shanked him in the throat with that switchblade.

I bought The Whole Beast a couple years ago, seems like a strange dude. was he wearing Bono-like glasses?