I write this from the warmth of a sunny spot in my backyard, a world apart from the fast-approaching European winter that these photos were taken in. Somehow four months hurricaned past me, and this post is the last of the adventures of my wonderful, whirlwind time backpacking around Europe.

The endlessly fascinating and multilayered city of Berlin was my final stop. The first couple of days I was there, I was blessed with sunshine and not-completely-freezing weather. The sun was going down at around 4pm and then the icy cold would set in, so I spent the short daylight hours that I had walking everywhere. I visited the Berlin Wall memorial site, the absolutely impressive Jewish museum, the victory column and the wonderful surrounding park, the Brandenburg gate, soaked up the festivities of the Chrismas markets, and hunted down lovely cafes to hide away in with tea and soup.

The past four months were some of the greatest months of my life, and included some of the highest highs and lows that I've ever experienced, from which I have come away from stronger, wiser, and more self assured than I could have ever hoped to be.

Here is the final installment of my European photos, taken on my iPhone. Stay tuned for future travels; I've got some pretty exciting adventures planned for January.


Despite having already been to Prague three months ago, I loved it so much that I decided to head back to the Czech Republic on my way up to Berlin. After Vienna, I stayed in the absolutely beautiful little medieval village of Česky Krumlov, in the most wonderful, cosy cottage hostel ever. Winter has really set in here in Europe, and I woke up each morning to the breathtaking view of the rooftops of the town covered in snow. I spent my time there wandering around the town, exploring the castle and the castle gardens, relaxing in the warmth of the hostel with a new American friend, and on Thanksgiving we cooked up a big lunch and dessert, which was my first thanksgiving ever. I was only intending to stay for two nights, but Krumlov really has such a wonderful feel to it and it was just too cosy to leave, so I ended up staying for three nights before I headed back up to Prague.

Prague remains one of my favourite cities in the world, and there's nothing quite like experiencing the festive season in that city; the buzz of the Christmas markets, the smell of hot wine and baking trdelnik, the fairy-lit trees lining the cobblestoned streets, it's all magic. I spent my one full day there climbing to the top of Petrin Hill and up the tower for a panoramic view of Prague, walking the streets and perusing the Christmas markets, sipping tea in the cosiest of cafes, and climbing to the top of the famous astrological clock for the most magnificent views of the Old Town.

From Prague I've made my way to Berlin, where I fly home from in a matter of days, the final stop in my four month long journey. Stay tuned for the final European adventure post! In the meantime, here are some photos taken on my iPhone of my stay in Česky Krumlov and my brief return to Prague.