Contiki Fun & Promotion

14 Aug

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Sonne Mond und Sterne Festival

13 Aug

Our last few days together were spent in a whirlwind of good music, barbecues, swimming, more barbecues and a promotion marathon. Luckily, we were able to bring both the van and the car onto the camp site, which meant no more heavy lifting and more time to befriend our new neighbours!

Also, the Guerilla Army was joined by Dave (yes – we finally got to meet the last member of our group) and Max, one of Marie’s friends from her hometown Karlsruhe.

To our delight, everyone at SMS was extremely social and open-minded. So it didn’t take us long to make a lot of new friends (as you can see).

The creativity with which people decorated their camp sites was also unlike anything we’d ever seen – think pink fairy paradises and imitations of allotment gardens…


At night, we went all-out on the costumes and face paint. The famous “disco ball on a stick” also made an appearance as…

… we spent the night dancing away to the tunes of Moby, Swedish House Mafia, Mr. Oizo, Bloody Beetroots, Frittenbude, Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Extrawelt, Deichkind, The Chemicals Brothers, Erol Alkan, Chris Liebig, DJ Rush, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Oliver Koletzki and many others.

Unlike the previous festivals we had been to, the DJs didn’t start playing until late at night, which meant we were often able to enjoy the sunrise on our way back to the camp.

Munich

11 Aug

Before our final stop, the SonneMondSterne Festival in Saalburg, we went back to Munich for two nights.

Returning to Munich reminded us of the very first tour day when we met here, filled with anticipation and excitement for the three weeks to come. Since then, we had traveled through five different countries and visited two of the three festivals on our itinerary. A group of strangers had become close friends and shared numerous very unique experiences with each other. Even though we still had almost a week left as members of the Guerilla Army, we were already dreading the day it would all be over.

However, instead of sitting around and feeling melancholic, we set out to explore the parts of Munich we didn’t get to see during our previous visit. Since many of us are avid surfers, a visit to the Eisbachwelle, the standing wave in the English Gardens, was an absolute must.

Hopfgarten

8 Aug

After a brief overnight stay in Innsbruck,we once again piled into the mini van and set off for our next destination: the Contiki house in Hopfgarten, Austria. Hopfgarten is known to be a prime area for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but even in the summer time the landscape is magnificent and great for hiking or mountain biking.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a most pleasant surprise: a teacup pig called Arnie. Half the group immediately climbed into his little play park to try and pet Arnie, who unfortunately was more interested in devouring his yoghurt and fruit salad breakfast.

However, the highlight of our stay in Hopfgarten was not Arnie the pig but the “Tight ‘n’ Bright” party in the evening. Apart from us, there were two Contiki groups staying over, so plenty of people to fill the bar and let the good times roll. Thanks to Eline and her secret pole dancing skills, we even won the (very silly) “battle of the sexes” competition… 😉

Our night at Hopfgarten in pictures:

[more pictures to come]

Yes – we were very proud of our bright costumes, and no – we don’t know what Nick and Michael were thinking when they dressed up in black and white…

Szene Openair Promotion

5 Aug

Szene Openair Festival, Austria

4 Aug

Upon arrival in Lustenau, Austria, we were faced with so much mud it seemed nearly impossible to pitch a tent anywhere. However, that challenge was quickly solved when we decided to camp on the caravan camp site instead. Less mud and less noise – or so we thought…

At nighttime, ear-splitting heavy metal made it impossible to sleep for everyone who wasn’t in possession of ear plugs or very good headphones. But we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Szene Open Air nevertheless!

Some acts we managed to see perform live included Maximo Park, Culcha Candela, Gentleman, Parov Stelar, Beardyman, Marteria, Shantel and Bucovina Club Orchestra and Chikinki.

Thanks to our special VIP tickets, we also had access to regular toilets with toilet paper, which can be quite a luxury at festivals.

During the daytime, when we weren’t busy promoting and handing out rain ponchos to eager Austrian youths, we went down to the lake for a swim. As you can see, Nick and Michael also had quite a bonding moment…

Lago di Como

3 Aug

Fully rested and with zest for action, we got up early the next day to make the most of our only day in sunny Italy.

After enjoying our breakfast with a breath-taking view, all guerilla army recruits teamed up to engage in different sports.

Elin, Lenny, Krissy and Linden opted for kayaking lessons in the lake… look at these fellas all bundled up in their life jackets!

And Nick shortly thought he was a dolphin.

Despite the heat, Michael and Ina booked themselves on a mountain biking tour.

Unfortunately, the guide dropped out last-minute… so the two of them embarked on the tour alone, armed with sun screen, lots of water and a map of the area. The “green route” led through many picturesque towns and had a plethora of panoramic views to offer.

As if kayaking wasn’t already enough exercise for the day, Linden also had a go at rock climbing. He was joined by Marie, Muriel and their instructor Alberto.

After all that action, it was time to kick back and relax “Como style”…

Unfortunately, Krissy left the Guerilla Army after Lake Como to continue her travels through Europe and Latin America. We’ll miss you, Krissy!