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Szene Openair Promotion

5 Aug

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!

Arrival in Lake Como

2 Aug

It was a truly magical moment: as the mini van sped out of the tunnel and rounded the last corner, we were suddenly greeted by thousands of little lights twinkling across the lake at us, as if to say “welcome” . Since it was already nighttime, we couldn’t see much more than the light streaming from houses and casting silver lines across the lake, but the view was already enough to render us all speechless. “Ooooh” and “aaaah” was as far as we got.

When we arrived at our hostel in Menaggio, the owner Fabio immediately sat us down for a late evening meal. After devouring 3 courses of delicious homemade Italian food, none of us could keep our eyes open any longer – one of the few times everyone went to bed early…

Lyon

1 Aug

To make the most of our time in France, we took a day trip to Lyon, which was only an hour away from the chateau.

After strolling around in the old  part of the city and browsing a few shops, we had dinner in a cute little bistro called “L’épicerie”. Since Lyon is known as the gastronomical capital of France, our expectations were high. But as you can probably tell from the beaming faces on the pictures, we were not dissapointed at all…

On our way back to the chateau, we were all sure that this wouldn’t be our last visit to Lyon.

Chateau de Cruix

1 Aug

Wine tasting at 9am? Pas de probleme, madames et monsieurs… We live in a chateau, after all!

After 5  consecutive days of sleeping in tents and listening to reggae music, we were more than ready for a change of scenery. Our next stop was the Contiki Chateau, located smack down in the middle oft he famous beaujolaise wine region. Instead of air mattresses, sleeping bags and plastic cutlery, we suddenly shared rooms with a panoramic view of the vineyards and were served 3-course meals. Yes, our days in the chateau were like living in paradise!

As if we weren’t spoiled enough already by staying in this beautiful place, the chateau came with a pool. Most of our time was spent tanning and lazing by the poolside… and playing around with Linden’s underwater camera!

Of course, we had to seize the opportunity and sample the afore-mentioned beaujolaise wine. Because of our tight schedule, the only available time to do so was right after breakfast on our very first day. Luckily, the beaujolaise wine doesn’t age and therefore has a very light, fruity taste that made drinking so early in the morning bearable 😉
After a quick and funny demonstration of how the grapes are harvested, Contiki staff members Evan and Fergus continued to explain to us how the wine is made, bottled and finally drunk at a huge festival to mark the end of a successful harvest season in the Beaujolais.


 

LIMBO

30 Jul

Dance the LIMBO! We had so much fun promoting Contiki – nobody escaped our limbo stick and prizes were waiting for those, who “GOT TALENT”

Nimes by the Sea

29 Jul

„Let’s go to the sea, it’s just 50km away from here“ was Muriel’s suggestion

Long story short: one day later a bus loaded with six giggling girls and one patient driver, Nick, were on the way to Nimes by the Sea.

Nimes – when the street sign appeared, the group of girls were singing and applauding, looking forward to spend the day on the beach and escape the reggae-festival for a day.

According to the GPS, we had reached our target destination – yet the sea was still nowhere to be seen! We cruised around the city for a while, looking for any kind of indication that would lead us tot he Mediterranean.

„Now just drive straight ahead, and I’m sure we’ll reach the beach in no time,“ Muriel said. Obviously, she was was still quite convinced the directions she had given us were correct, and everyone believed her…. UNTIL…. we realized that „Nimes by the Sea“ was actually not by the sea, but another 50km away. We were faced with a dilemma: spend another hour in the heat-filled van with the hopes of actually reaching the coast, or giving up and heading back to the camp.

Needless to say, the girls overruled Nick, and we decided to drive all the way through the Camargue to St. Marie de la Mer. Once our eager eyes caught sight of the water, all troubles were forgotten. We ended up having an amazing day at the beach (complete with a fabulous seafood lunch), and Muriel’s little white lie turned out to be quite a blessing. Without her false assumption, we would have never attempted to head to the beach. Thanks to Muriel!