Monthly Archives: July 2012

Munich. I cannot call it München. The locals say I cannot pronounce it properly.

Sicily to Munich, sun to rain. Munich greeted me with overcrowded trams and drizzly rain. I felt at home, it felt like the Brisbane winter I had left 3 weeks prior, except it was Munich summer and it should have been sunny.

Day two the skies cleared and I hired a bicycle for the three remaining days that I had in Munich. This was the best thing I could have done. Riding around the back streets of Munich was so much fun and much more my style of travel.

I hung out in the Deutsches Museum for a long while. Which is filled with many wonderful things, aeronautics, chemistry, electricity, trains, robotics, tunneling, forensic science, physics, the list goes on. You need many many days to fully appreciate this museum.

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Ice cream to finish my final night in Munich. Tasty.

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How to get over PPJTD (Post Pearl Jam Tour Depression)? Go to Sicily.

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Flying over Switzerland, en route to Palermo (Sicily) from Copenhagen.

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Balestrate, Sicily.

I arrived in Palermo from Copenhagen, where I had been wearing two jackets and long pants. (Yes, I truly am a northern Australian and feel the cold too easily.)
I was definitely the fairest skinned of all the people at the beach the day I went to Balestrate, covering myself constantly in sunscreen, to the amusement of all the local Sicilians.

Again, laughter was had at my expense as I was the only one moving my “sun” lounge under the umbrellas to get away from the sun, unlike everyone else who was putting theirs’ in the sun.

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The walk towards the villa that I am staying in while in Palermo.

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The villa, where I eat my breakfast in the morning.

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Seeing the sites of Palermo, during my stay.

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Walking through the local markets.

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Reminds me of working at the markets in Australia.

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This lovely local showed me through his hardware shop. From what has been explained to me, there is no federal government in Sicily to fix old buildings or streets etc. Therefore, as a community you need to work to keep everything functioning.

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I was taken for a drive through “The Zen”, which is the equivalent of housing commission estate (Australian) or the ghetto, I suppose.

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Near Mondello.

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Tastiest ice cream ever!

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Local boys playing football (soccer).

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More tasty food.

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The running joke at the moment, is that I have to pay per pound of weight I put on while in Palermo.
They keep feeding me the most amazing food and it is hard to stop eating.

Palermo, Sicily has been both amazing and a complete culture shock, it is unlike any other place I know.

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The Run Down

I arrived in Europe (Prague to be exact) on the 28th of June, after 26+ hours in transit from Australia.
The jet lag came and went, but the realisation that I had left my family for 7 months didn’t leave.

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Prague was beautiful and the weather was great for the first few days I was there. I met some amazing people and shared some great moments with them, which I am sure each of us will hold dear for years to come.

The Jewish Cemetery was amongst my tourist stops and was chilling to read the names on the walls of all the Czech Jewish people that died during the war, each and every name hand written and in perfect script on the walls.

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Pearl Jam in Prague was wonderful, the band and the fans were on fire and it made for a great first concert in Europe for myself. I am sure others will agree to that as well. Eddie Vedder gave me the wine bottle, after singing Crazy Mary and I will forever remember that moment.

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We missed the train back to the centre of Prague and with a storm impending, it was a race to find enough taxis for everyone, luckily we had native Czech speakers with us. After posing for pictures with the bottle at the after-party bar, a small group of us made our way back to our hostel, where I promptly fell asleep for a meager 3 hours sleep.

We caught the early train to Berlin from Prague, where as much as I tried to watch the unfolding countryside pass, my eyes had other ideas and I slept much of the journey.

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In Berlin, I stayed on a boat on the river next to the Berlin wall. There was a family of ducks living right outside my window, though I didn’t get to know them very well. I spent most of my time in Berlin, sitting in a line, in the hot sun with a whole bunch of PJ fans to be able to be as close to the front as possible. Apart from the showering and storing my luggage, my room was not used for what it was purchased for.

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Both Berlin shows were the roughest of all the shows that I attended of the Pearl Jam Europe tour. Berlin 1, I was 2nd from the barrier in front of Stone and I used the barrier to brace myself, protecting the person in the front row in front of me. Berlin 2, I was in a similar position in front of Stone, but I was front row on the barrier, regardless of being able to protect myself on the barrier, this concert was by far the scariest. Eddie Vedder seemed upset and concerned the whole concert, with regards to the happenings in the pit. My suggestion is to always have a second barrier, where the numbers of people permitted to the front barrier area are controlled by security. It made for a safer pit area in Prague.

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Berlin shows done and lack of sleep meant I didn’t wake up for my alarm the morning I was suppose to fly to Stockholm, luckily I have some amazing friends who caught a taxi to my hotel to pick me up instead. This meant I arrived at the airport with enough time, though without having had a shower. I slept most of the way to Stockholm, before arriving at my hotel to sleep some more.

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I decided that I couldn’t handle another night sleeping on concrete so soon after the Berlin affair, so instead I chose to be a tourist and had a pleasant day walking around Stockholm, where I saw Stone Gossard coming out of his hotel.

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I went and lined up in the afternoon and still secured a great spot to the left of Mike, in front of the speaker boxes in the second row. I was given Eddie Vedder’s wine bottle for a second time and I was happy with the level of respect everyone in the crowd had for each other’s space. I was able to dance easily and enjoyed the show immensely.

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Stockholm to Oslo Magic Bus, was a whirlwind bus ride, filled with many happy PJ fans. I was again extremely tired and was beginning to get sick. The sickness, I am attributing to drinking out of the same wine bottle as Eddie Vedder and which I have aptly named “Crazy Mary Syndrome”. (Eddie let us know he was a little sick in Oslo, so it is legitimate.)

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Arrived in Oslo and went promptly to the hotel, where I tried to sleep for about 30 minutes, before being woken up, as we need to get in line to be front and centre. The Oslo show was held on the 9th of July, which is my little brothers’ birthday. I wanted to be front and centre on the barrier, so Mr Vedder would see my sign. “Please sign my little brothers birthday postcard.” Instead, Ed signed a tambourine addressed to my brother, saying Happy Birthday! Sleeping on concrete was worth it in the end.

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Oslo was rainy pretty much the entire time I was there and I wasn’t able to see much of the city.

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Car road trip from Oslo to Copenhagen, saw four of us drive overnight, straight after the Oslo show. I slept awkwardly in the back, no one wants a crazy Australian girl driving on the wrong side of the road. We arrived at the Copenhagen venue at 7.30am and we were already listed in the 40’s.

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We went and checked into our hotel and had a shower, before camping out at the Forum, on concrete again! Last show of the tour and we were front row again, in front of Stone. I enjoyed this last show, but I did not want it to end. I wanted to stay on tour forever, with the amazing friends that I had made.

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Friends who: gave me food, bought me cough drops, fixed my train ticket, gave me hugs, woke me up, let me sleep, made me laugh, let me cry, understood me even when I couldn’t explain myself and a multitude of other great deeds.

It was sad to say goodbye to each and every one of you, but I will see you again. I will visit you and you will visit me. We will see each other in our minds, each time we sing a certain song. The memories will remain.

With sadness, but with so much love, I say goodbye… for now.

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The Tour End…

5 countries, 6 shows, 9 days.

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Berlin.

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Berlin.

More photos to come soon.

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Thank you all!

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This tour has been a blur of amazing people who have helped me on my way through Europe.

From Prague onwards I have done each show and I have been very thankful of all the work the PJ security team have done to make my life and the 10C members lives easier as we camped overnight on concrete and at times lined up in the sun.

Especially Boothy, for putting up with my constant questioning of each new situation that arose, from making sure the barracks were set up correctly for early entry so no one could jump the line, to making sure I was safe in the front row of the concerts.

Secondly, I want to thank the Band for all that they have given to me this tour, the memories, the smiles and even the tears.

Thank you Eddie, for the tambourine in Oslo for my little brothers birthday, send the postcard if you can find it 😛 (Also, thank you for the wine bottles in both Prague and Stockholm.)

Thank you Mike, for checking I was ok last night when I was crying, front and centre. I miss my family so much. Plus all the amazing rocking out you do!

Thanks Jeff, for always making me smile with your style of play.
Thanks Stone, for rocking out Mankind. Now, please just do Sweet Lew.
Thanks Matt, for keeping the band rocking.
Thanks Boom, for the photo in Prague on Charles Bridge. “Tomorrow we rock, tonight we cruuuizze.”

Thank you to all the fans across all the cities, those that have bought me cough drops, food, water etc. Those that have given me a hug, made me laugh and smile, those that have thanked me and appreciated me, as I have appreciated each and every one of you.

This tour has been life changing and highly rewarding and I walk away with some bruises, but all the better for it.

See you again soon.
Australian Tour Soon PJ!

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Prague, Pearl Jam and Pass the bottle.

I arrived in Prague very tired, after 26+ hours in transit, from Brisbane, through Dubai.

The wifi wouldn’t connect to my computer so I wasn’t able to upload anything earlier.
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Prague was hot for the first few days that I was there.

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I saw many amazing things, including amazing buildings and museums.

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Yes, it is all chemistry!

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Prague

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Church

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Vineyard and Prague

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Prague

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National Museum

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Charles Bridge

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Old Jewish Cemetery

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National Museum

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Boom Gasper – “Tomorrow we rock, tonight we cruuuuizzze…”

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The Castle
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The Girls

Pearl Jam played an amazing show and I was just to the right of Mike on the barrier, which was amazing, that guy is “God”.

Eddie gave me his wine bottle, after singing Crazy Mary. “Take a bottle, drink it down, pass it around.”
Passing it personally to me 🙂 I drank from the same bottle as Eddie Vedder and I have the bottle to prove it.

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