Friday, June 24, 2016

Euro Trip - Summer 2016

Assalamualaikum and hi everyone!

Alhamdulillah. All praise to Allah that allowed me to finished my sophomore year at Penn State. I have another 2 years to go. Ganbatte dear self. Last two semesters was really like a hell for me as i need to take Physics which is the hardest subject so far. I made a decision to take a break from that subject next sem. I hope i can focus on my major subject during Fall 16 sem.

I'm currently on summer break for 3 freakin months. what could be better than that huh. Just like last year, i'll be spending my whole summer break here at Malaysia tanah tumpah darahku. Lol. But a lil bit different cause i just had Euro trip with the other 3 Pikachu Gals. Don't ask me who are them. You might knew them if you're my follower on instagram. Haha. It was actually a last minute plan for me because i have no intention to go to Europe this year since i just started working during my third semester and i was worried if i had not enough money. At the first place, only Wani, Farah and Emy yang plan the trip. But I changed my mind after they persuade me that we will still have enough money to pay for our house rent and phone bill as long as we do not exceed some amount of limit.

It was quite huru-hara since everyone were so busy and did not have time to discuss for this travel thingy. As far as I remember, we planned the trip like about 3 weeks prior to the trip. Hence, there are a lot of places that we had to skip and we also had no chance to meet our friends in UK, just some of them because we tumpang tidur at their house.

Our flight from JFK, New York was on Sunday, May 5th 2016. We paid for shuttle service by Abg Khalil to send us to the airport. It took about 6 hours from JFK to Turkey and about 9 hours of transit before our next flight to London, UK. After a loooong flight, we finally arrived at Heathrow International Airport. It was actually my second time to LHR. My first time was 2 years ago, but it just a transit. Back to the story, Alif and Zurai which are Emy and Farah's classmates back in Intec greet us at the arrival hall. Thank God they were there to help us with our luggagessss. Hahaha. We took bus to Farahniza's house at Uxbrigde. They are Brunel University students btw. Thank you Farah for your hospitality!

To make it short, we started from London - Dublin, Ireland - Scotland - Manchester, UK - Paris - London with the total of 12 days if I'm not mistaken. I can call this trip a budget trip since we just stayed at our friends' house except at Paris. We had to stay at hotel since we know no one here. First, Dublin. It was not that bad i guess. We went to Glendalough Mountain and just jalan-jalan around Dublin City. The best part was we met a Malaysian at a restaurant. It happened when we were looking for a place to eat since we havent eat since morning. Suddenly, someone approached us and claimed that he is Malaysian and work at the restaurant. After finished eating, the cashier told us someone paid the bill for us. Yayy. Jimat duit den. :p

Then we took flight to Scotland. We stayed at Emy's cousin at Sterling. Her house is super nice and the neighbourhood also really conducive. I really love it! Some places that we visited are Edinburgh Castle, Falkirk Wheel and another castle which i forgot the name of it.

Next destination - Manchester! This city is the best! There are a bunch of halal restaurant here and the price is ok laa not that pricey. You can see a lot of Malaysian and also Pak Arab which sometimes makes me wonder am I in the UK or what? Lol. We also visited Manchester United Stadium and Liverpool Stadium. Idk why but we were really unfortunate because during our visit the game got cancelled because there was a bomb threat. We couldn't took a proper picture since ppl was rushing to leave the stadium.

Next is Paghiisss. Hahaha. I was really really excited to go to Paris. Hehehe. Took flight from Manchester Airport to Paris. The airport there is quite scary as there were a few soldier lingering around the airport with their M-16. A lot things happened when we were in Paris. We couldnt find our hotel because we dont have internet access. Thank God, there was a girl helped us. She even walk us till the hotel. After checked in, all of us were hungry af and tried to order some food. unfortunately, we couldnt get one since it is really late and almost all restaurants were already closed. We were sleeping hungry that day. Next day, we went around Paris city - Eifel Tower, Musee de Lourve, Notre Dame and others which i cant remember. lol

Last destination is London. The best thing about London is shopping! Especially, Primark because the price is really cheap. Rambang mata kauu. Other than that, we also visited Beg Ben, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and more.

This is so far the most tiring trip ever. Dengan jetlag nye lagi. Hence, we made a hashtag #tripjetlag for this trip on instagram. Apa pun, all praise to Allah because gave this opportunity to visit Europe. I'll make I will come back again with a lot of money so that i can shopping more. Haha

Thanks to UK peeps for your hospitality! Till we meet again. :)