Europe Grad Trip [9]: London

Our last stop: London! It was great to be back in a city where the dominant language was English (with great accents).“Reverse waterfall that cascades over your head", King’s Cross railway station We were greeted with this beautiful and modern railway station, King’s Cross (recently renovated). Our Airbnb was a 5 min walk away, making it super convenient to get places. Public transport in London wasn’t super cheap, £2.30 to travel within Zone 1 - the city centre, although it was only £6 to g...

Europe Grad Trip [8]: Paris

Our time in Paris was veEry short - only 3 full days. We jam packed as much delicious food and sights as possible. Parisian Food Vanilla flavoured macaron, Sadaharu Aoki Paris food is delicious and reasonably priced. We were very happy to be able to eat out daily again after our lacking week in Switzerland. We had delicious falafel, crepes, croissants, baguettes, macarons and egg tarts as snacks; and great tapas, foie gras, beef bourguinon, and wine during our sit down meals. We really did...

Europe Grad Trip [7]: Switzerland

Switzerland - a small country with 4 official languages. The one thing we noticed very quickly was that food and transit is pretty expensive in Switzerland. We ate out 90% of the time in Italy, and the prices were cheap in comparison. Austria & Germany were reasonable, very similar to North America. Switzerland is on the higher end of the scale. Apparently since the market is smaller, oligopolies make the most sense for Swiss industries. And because of the high prices, minimum wage is 20 fr/h...

Europe Grad Trip [6]: Munich

New City Hall Munich was only a short 2 hour train ride awayfrom our previous destination - Salzburg. The first 2 days we were met with warm and sunny weather. We met up with fellow software engineering friends who were also doing a Europe grad trip, but in the opposite direction. They started where we will end. We also met up with an ex roommate of mine who is doing co-op in Munich - it was interesting to hear about life in Munich from her perspective. Munich felt very similar to Salzburg...

Europe Grad Trip [5]: Salzburg

We had a short stay in Salzburg, Austria, a city close to the Germany-Austria border. There is an immediate difference from Italy - the city is well maintained and reminded us of Canada. Funny enough we arrived on Ascension Day, so there was basically nowhere to eat (especially since we arrived around 9pm local time). The station grocery store was bustling, though. We soon realized our stay was (like Venice) in a more quiet neighborhood in New City Salzburg, behind a giant SalzburgMilch off...