Luke picked me up form the airport and we went to meet the other guys for dinner. The plan that night was to go to Fabric. I’d heard stories about this place on my travels and heard that it was a must see.
We pre gamed at Jon’s flat which was an amazing set up. All of us are more into the music than anything so we tended to head to the clubs earlier than later. Arrived at Fabric at 10pm left it at 6am when it closed. Upon enetering the club you think your walking down to the deepest tube station. The atmosphere was dark and so was the music. I can’t really describe it in words, as it was nothing like dubstep and nothing like house. The combination of the two with really dark eerie melodies, along with heavy heavy bass lines. It was such a change from everything I’ve ever heard and yet there were a couple thousand people raging to it.
The next day we hung out planned to go to Annie Mac at Koko until I found her twitter and realized the show was sold out. We were all pretty gutted as we had our minds set on going there. We toured around Brick lane that night just to check it out. It got to 11pm and we decided to head back to Fabric as it was a tech house night so it would’ve been a bit different than the night before. Entering the crowd the music was a bit more uplifting but still so under-ground. I hadn’t heard anything like it. The cool thing about Fabric is there are different 3 different rooms, balconies and lounge areas. The other cool thing about it is that the building is over 800 years old and used to be an old meat market. If you look up the Smithfield Meat market you will see that plenty of animals and meat have made it’s way through this place. I think it added to that eerie dark feeling you got when you were in there. It accompanied the music perfectly. We didn’t leave that place until 8am slept most of the next day and it was off to Essex for me with Luke.
I decided to head to the coast with Luke just to see a part of the UK that many people don’t see. We met up with two other friends from Ibiza and just watched a movie. The next day went shopping around Clacton-on-sea and Coldchester.
I caught the 9:30pm train back to Liverpool St. and headed Heather Bijmans. I stayed with her for the last 4 nights in London. It was great because she lived in Camden Town. There’s always stuff going on there and the tube station was right by there. That was low-key as I was able to sleep in and go to bed at a reasonable hour. We went out for drinks and dinner for three nights and she brought me to a few art galleries.
Thursday night was my last day/night overseas. It had definitely hit me and I started feeling like I didn’t want to go home. That day we went shopping and met up with my buddy Reon who I’d met in Nice. We all parted ways in the afternoon and I’d met back up with Daniella and Vicky for dinner and drinks. It was such a cool feeling hanging out with them as the last time I saw them together was 6 years ago on a cruise. We’d all caught up on the last 6 years of our lives and that was it.
The morning before I left headed into Camden town one last time saw Vicky’s friend Alex at his shop called Speedball. Picked up a Rebel Eight shirt. Bought a piece of art from a street vendor from the famous artist Bansky.
I got on the tube and 26 stops later I was at Heathrow. Flew Air Canada again and had three seats to myself. I watched 3 movies and got cut off from the free alcohol. Same deal on the flight from Montreal to Toronto.
This trip was one hell of an experience and I didn’t think doing it alone would be that much fun. I met so many amazing people who I plan to stay in contact with and hopefully meet up with somewhere down the road.
Next stop was Barcelona. I didn’t realize that it was one of the saints holidays so looking for a hostel was next to impossible They had all been sold out but luckily I had found some place to stay and then I’d transfer the next day to a better one. I took the train there and thought Id walk to the hostel from the train station rather than try and figure out the subway system. 3km’s later I was at the hostel. I met this Brazilian couple that spoke English so I went out with them the Saturday night to watch fireworks on the beach. Next morning woke up semi early tried walking to the next hostel until the subway lady told me to take the subway to the other end of town thinking she knew where I was going. Wasted an hour that morning I found the next hostel, which was amazing. It was clean great common area and friendly staff!
I saw that Eric Morillo was in town playing at Opium Mar on the beach. I’d heard his name before and people had told that I needed to check this bar out so I did. I met these people from California in the common area just as I was about to go out and they decided to tag along. Eric Morillo smashed it, I got another 4 hours sleep and it was time to train to Marseille.
Had one of the worst experiences and felt so lost at the Barcelona train station. I bought a train ticket from a French website that said to print my tickets at the train station. This ticket could only be printed from a French train station. After asking 4 different people at 4 different counters and trying to rush the entrance to the train I was forced to buy another train ticket to get me into France as the train was leaving in 5 minutes.
Steaming as I got on the train I couldn’t pass out because I had to switch on two different trains and I was worried I’d miss it.
Got into Marseille around 8pm Ben Hak Hepburn greats me there. We take a subway to his place. He lived with his roommate and there were 2 girls from Germany staying there couch surfing. Ben had school the next day so I went to the beach with the two girls and toured around with them until we met back up with Ben at the cliffs.
Marseille was fun we went out to a couple pubs and a party. I stayed there for 3 nights and it was off to Nice. Ben said he’d join me for two nights so we found a great hostel called Villa Saint Exuprey.
Train ride was great finding the hostel was not; it was all the way up in the mountains but we quickly realized though that this was going to be a good hostel as it had a bar and a bunch of people drinking in it.
We went out for dinner the first night and instead of buying a 1-euro ticket to the tram we decided to just hop on. Next stop of course are the bylaw and they slap us with a 30 and 45-euro fine. Bummed we eat our dinner and find some dirt-cheap beer to go drink at the hostel.
Ben and I went out both nights pretty hard, missed going to Monaco on scooters but I still had time. I decided to stay 3 more nights and skip Paris. I couldn’t get away from the hot weather and amazing beach. I kept meeting so many great people and I still wanted to do Monaco as well. Went out every night in Nice, met too many cool Australians and a group of Norwegians, not to mention a bunch of people from Montreal and Toronto.
Finally made it to Monaco on the last day with an Aussie who we’d been hanging out with. We walked around all day, ate lunch looked at yachts, went swimming and hit the Casino. We each lost 50 euros but we had fun. Passed over Nice to Antibes to see this 95 million euro yacht who our other friend Hayden was working on. It was definitely worth the trip.
That night I said I’d only go out for a few beers then get to bed early as I had a 7 o’clock shuttle driving me to the airport for my 9:15am flight to Amsterdam. Push came to shove I was a bunch of drinks deep, it was 6:30am and was only crawling into bed at that point. Got a quick catnap my alarm went off I sat up shut it off and went back to bed at 9am. Rookie move.
Woke up and lost it… I missed my flight. One of the girls who worked at the hostel helped me sort out a new flight that I didn’t get my money back for. I also had another day on the beach before my 9:50pm flight. Making sure I didn’t miss this flight I got t the airport quickly and checked in.
Touchdown Amsterdam it’s 11:45pm and the airport is disserted. I had Googled mapped how to get to the hostel but Google guessed and thought I was going to the uptown hostel. I see the right words to the place I need to go and hop on a train. Half way through the ride I realize that it’s going pretty far. I Google map where I am to the hostel and I’m like 15km away by car. I get off at the next stop and realize I’m in the middle of nowhere. I call the hostel to send me a cab as there were no trains back until 6am and it was already 2am. Finally the cab picks me up and I get to the hostel at 3am. At this point I feel a cold coming on so I pass out have the weirdest sleep.
I stayed at the Flying Pig downtown for two nights then Durty Nelly’s the last night. Amsterdam was one of my favorite cities to walk around in. The layout and the look of it were just so different than the others. Everyone rode bikes there and everything smelled like weed. I had a cold the whole time I was in Amsterdam but still forced myself to walk around and go to a few coffee shops and bars. We hit the red light district; did some window shopping and caught a sex show at Cosa Rosa. Again great hostel to meet people in, I hung out with 2 Australians who had met each other amongst their travels.
Last day came pretty quick and it hit me that the vacation and traveling was coming to an end. It was back to London for me.