Day 0: Start of the Journey (Manila to Paris)

As I said here on October 3, I should write more detailed blog posts about my two-week trip to Europe. I’m starting today.

All of them will have the tag twoweekeurotrip2016 to make it easier for me to look for them when newer, unrelated posts bury them in the future.

(September 10, 2016, Saturday) The journey started in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, which, to my delight, seemed less crowded than Terminal 3.

I asked for our boarding passes, but the Philippine Airlines ground crew member told us that she could only give the first ones because she had no access to Lufthansa’s systems.

So upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, I frantically looked for the transfer desk where I could get the Lufthansa boarding passes that would take us to Munich in Germany, and then to Paris, France.


Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong to Munich, Munich to Paris

I should write more detailed blog posts about my 2-week trip to Europe

This is actually a reminder to myself. While I blogged about the trip every day, the individual posts were really short. Of course I wanted to spend my time exploring places, rather than blogging about them.

Now I have more time to write longer blog posts. 

Just writing this one makes me feel that I’m in Europe again.


Things I learned from Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Three things:

1. My hands should always be ready. Well, not really to slap somebody, but to defend myself from bad people.

2. When abroad, she shows how smart she is, so that the world will look at Filipinos as smart people. I tried to do this when I was abroad recently.

3. The word colloquy. 

I’m proud to say that I voted for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the 2016 Philippine presidential election.

I thought I wouldn’t see Jet d’eau Water Fountain in Geneva, Switzerland

I was quite disappointed when I went to see the Jet d’eau Water Fountain in Geneva, Switzerland and it wasn’t there.

​I thought it was under maintenance or something. Since I couldn’t do anything about it, I decided to see a nearby tourist attraction – the Flower Clock. It was part of the itinerary anyway.

​Then I returned to the lakefront to go to a souvenir shop. Lo and behold, Jet d’eau could already be seen! I was pleasantly surprised because I had thought I would leave Geneva without seeing its iconic water fountain.

The Atomium in Belgium

After traveling alone in Italy and the Netherlands for a few days, I reunited with my family in Brussels, Belgium and saw the Atomium and Grand Place together.



I parted with them again for a few hours to see Manneken Pis and Parc du Cinquantenaire.



I wrote and published this blog post while on a Brussels to Paris train on September 19.


Windmills, prostitution and canals in the Netherlands

My stay in the Netherlands will be short (only about 24 hours) but it has been enjoyable so far.

I went to Zaanse Schans, home of some of the many windmills in the country.


Then I returned to the Amsterdam city center to see its red light district.



Role playing

From 9 pm to 10:30 pm I was on a canal cruise.