September 11, 2004

A Dark Knight over Paris

Days covered: August 10 - August 11

The following takes place
between 11:00 PM and 2:00 AM.

Events occur in real time.

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September 9, 2004

A Dark Knight over San Sebastian

Days covered: August 07 - August 09

That's it! I'm essentially done. Touring around the E.U. West is, for all intents and purposes, done. I've seen the sights of the big areas I want to. So, I'm here in San Sab(astian) to recharge before I make my way back to London.

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September 7, 2004

A Dark Knight over Madrid

Days covered: August 04 - August 06

Today, I'll take you through the magical land of Spain's capital city, Madrid :D

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September 4, 2004

A Dark Knight over Barcelona

Days covered: August 30 - September 03

Queen wrote a song about it.

It hosted the 1992 summer Olympic games.

It's a city famous for its nightlife.

Or, rather, knightlife :)

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August 29, 2004

A Dark Knight over Nice

Days covered: August 27 - August 29

If you travel through Busabout, you must stay at their deemed overnight stops en route to your destination, if any of these mandatory overnight stops are along the way. They will not go through these locations until the morning after arrival. Nice in France, on the Med. Sea, in the French Riviera, is one such stop. I didn't care to stay there for too long. I hadn't heard of it, and had no desire to visit Nice, but I thought I'd give it a chance by staying for three nights. Waste of time, or time well spent?

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August 26, 2004

A Dark Knight over Cinque Terre

Days covered: August 23 - 26

This won't be an easy one to write.

I can tell you that Cinque Terre (pronounced "Chin-kwey Tare", Italian for "Five lands") was the most beautiful area in Italy. As such, it was the perfect place to reenergize myself.

But conveying atmosphere in words is hard. I'll try.

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August 22, 2004

A Dark Knight over Florence

Days covered: August 18 - August 22

Being on my own for the first time ever in a foreign country that's way the hell away from my native land and that speaks a different language from my own would terrify anyone. Don't let them say otherwise. Anyone who says otherwise is full of crap.

As such, I was moving as fast as I could with 20 kg on my back to the Busabout pick-up point. I didn't want to be stuck in Rome with little working knowledge of their tongue and drop more cash on transport.

I sweat, I had sore legs, and I was terrified that I'd miss the bus. That terror moved me faster and faster to the bus. But, I made it. I finally could rest easy as I went off to Florence.

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August 18, 2004

A Dark Knight over Rome

Days covered: August 16 - August 18

Rome.

The name commands many thoughts, like greasy Italians, good food, powerful emperors, and a beautiful city with a rich history. Are these associations well founded?

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August 17, 2004

A Dark Knight over the Vatican

Days covered: August 16 - August 17

So.

Here I am. Rome. The Vatican. Rome. The Vatican.

Italy.

The Mediterranean.

Italy.

The southern E.U.

Not much holding back my energy now.

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August 15, 2004

The E.U. West Invasion

Days covered: August 15

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a king, an emperor, a magistrate, a lord; all bore the name Tyler. Tyler was an ambitious one, at times. He had a simple dream: to expand his era, his reign, his rule, his time. He started with Canada, and half the country fell to his feet. He expanded into some of the U.S., but wasn't terribly thrilled with it. He decided to take the reign overseas, and after a short reconnaissance mission, he orchestrated a full-frontal Invasion in the United Kingdom. As part of this U.K. Invasion, he had some fluid plans for the European Union -- afterall, mainland Europe is just a ferry ride away, at most.

August 15th came, and it was time to venture forth into the E.U.

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August 12, 2004

Mapped Out

It's set!

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August 9, 2004

The E.U. West Invasion: Prologue

Almost exactly seven years ago, I and many others made our way to France for two weeks. We toured around to several cities and towns, including Paris, Bordeaux, and Lourdes. It was a great time. I saw much of France away from the tourist infested areas, sampled some fine food, and experienced French culture. Problem was that it was a fairly organized trip, through Contiki. That's fine and good, guided tours are, but sometimes ya just wanna go heedlessly (or relatively heedlessly), ya know?

Seven years hence, and what started then is continuing now. On 15 August, I fly out to Rome and will take the long way back to London.

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