Feature: Vans x Star Wars Collaboration

Vans are back with a brand new collaboration, this time taking us back to a galaxy far, far away with their Star Wars Collection. The team at Vans are known for their creativity and unique collaborations, and the amazing Star Wars Collection is without a doubt our favourite yet. Starwars18-18-2014 5-19-10 PMThe artwork is drawn from the original Star Wars Trilogy and features original designs, with all your favourite characters. From the Yoda Sk8-Hi Reissue model featuring a Hawaiian print, to the Stormtrooper Bandana Authentic, Vans bring something special in each of design.8-18-2014 5-09-23 PMStarwars-LilyMelrose8-18-2014 5-28-01 PM8-18-2014 5-26-01 PMvansproduct

Vans Classic Slip On – A New Hope | Vans Sk8 Hi Reissue – Yoda Aloha | Vans Authentic Stormtrooper Bandana

The Vans X Star Wars collaboration also sees mens and womens clothing and accessories in the collection. Be sure to check out the whole Collection on SurfStitch!

*Imagery by Vans/Unknown

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München

I last left off when we were about to head up to the Eagles Nest for the day. We did our trip up to the Eagles Nest via a tour but I think we were ripped off – so my suggestion would be to do it by yourself. Might be a little more difficult but you’ll save some money (every euro counts!). Anyway, it was pretty spectacular getting up to the Eagles Nest. For those who don’t know (I didn’t!), the Eagles Nest was given to Hitler for his 50th birthday, and sits at an altitude of 1834 metres above sea level (awkward because Hitler was afraid of heights) with a breathtaking view of the surrounding Bavarian Alps. I say breathtaking because it was so cold when Lauren an I were up there, the wind quite literally took our breath away. I again recommend scarves, jumpers, beanies and gloves! A few friends of ours went up in shorts and thongs! Crazy.

To get up to the house, you need to catch a specially built bus to make the journey up the Kehlstein road, which takes you 700m up in altitude. You then board the original brass elevator that Hitler and co would have used, which takes you up another 124m in altitude in about 10 seconds. They jam pack about 50 people in this elevator, but apparently Hitler only allowed 6 people at a time in the elevator due to his claustrophobia, and the fact that if they got stuck, the service elevator that would get them out could only carry 6 people. Hitler: Claustrophobic, afraid of heights AND a vegetarian. Who knew? Anyway, once at the top, the views are amazing. You can see (cloud cover dependent) 360 degree views all the way to the Königssee – a lake nestled in between two mountains. Whilst it takes a little while to get to, you probably only need max an hour up the top, so this can be a half day trip if you’re pushed for time. Be sure when you’re at the top of the mountain waiting for the lift, to tell the tickets desk what time you want to come back down – they can only fit so many people on the shuttle buses so you need to register your intended return time. If you need to fill in some time, don’t worry as there is a restaurant in the house.image

Our last morning was spent making our way out to the Red Bull Hangar 7, which is a collection of planes, formula one cars, helicopters and other various things that Red Bull has sponsored. Between getting off at the wrong bus stop and Lauren realising that she had left her passport in the room we had just checked out of, it wasn’t the best journey out there. On top of that, our friend Ingrid had said she had an amazing breakfast at the restaurant there, so we followed their lead and got brekky out there. Bad call. Never have I paid so much money for the smallest amount of food ever. It was a breakfast for ants – it needed to be at least 3 times the size! While it was still good, it was over priced. Apparently the waffles are the way to go if you’re keen to head out there. The hangar itself was cool but nothing to write home about. If you’re pressed for time in Salzburg, I wouldn’t bother.

We hopped on the bus that afternoon and arrived in Munich at about 4pm.  A bunch of our friends were already in Munich so we were thinking of having dinner, but instead we signed up for the free beer garden pub crawl offered by our hostel. Visits 3 beer gardens, and we received a free beer and shot at the hostel. Excellent value for money (haha….). Anyway what was initially just going to be dinner and drinks turned into a huge night. At the Augustiner Keller beer garden Lauren and I experienced our first pork knuckle. It was huge, and it was delicious!!! I have no idea how I managed to finish it, especially considering the size of the beer glasses (1 L, I mean seriously!), but we will definitely go back for more! Fun night, involving beer, pork knuckle, and the ripped pants of a friend of ours (enjoy your mention Dexter).

After a slow morning the next day, Lauren and I walked around the central area of Munich for a while. We walked through the Englischer Gartens – which is larger than Central Park in New York. The gardens are beautiful, and after being warned multiple times that German people (mainly men) enjoying stripping their kit off in the parks, we finally saw some naked people just relaxing in the park. We’ll, I say people, but it was just one man. A very old man. But hey, good on him. In these gardens is also the man-made wave upon which locals take turns surfing on. It’s a bit strange at first, but you do get drawn into it and end up cheering along those who manage to pull off some tricks and not take themselves out on the brick walls on either side of them. Within the gardens is yet another beer garden worth checking out – the Chinesischer Turm.

Something we have noticed lately is that the people of Munich (and probably the rest of the Bavarian region) actually wear lederhosen and dirndl (female equivalent) on a day to day basis. Initially it was a bit funny, but it is quite nice seeing the locals in traditional dress. What is less nice is the fact that the people of Munich (well we’ve seen this all over Europe really) is the fashion faux pas of DOUBLE DENIM!!!!! And jeans and joggers is no longer just a party theme over here. Neither of which I am ok with, for the record.

Our Monday evening was spent with a group of friends: Kate, Cam and Will, at the Hofbräuhaus in the city centre. It’s a huge beer hall and if you’re going to only visit one beer hall whilst in Munich (you’re silly if you only visit one!), then this one should be on your short list. It has a great atmosphere, excellent food, fun live music, and of course – the beer is delicious! The Hofbräu original was especially yummy. It is a bit more touristy than some of the other places, making prices for beer are a bit more expensive, but only slightly. It’s a huge hall and finding a table is a bit of a challenge, especially if you have a bigger group, but just stalk people until you get one and you’ll be fine! Getting the attention of the waitresses can be a bit difficult too, but just don’t be afraid to go up to them and tell them you’re ready to order, or else you may never get the chance!

We spent Tuesday on a tour that took us out to the Bavarian country side to the Neuschwanstein Castle – which was built by (for) King Ludwig II. The history surrounding the castle and the family is very interesting – but would make for a very long post, so if you’re interested – good old Wikipedia will lend you a helping hand! We went through Mikes Bike Tours and it was a great day. We left at about 9am and didn’t get back until close to 9pm. The trip includes a very easy and leisurely bike ride to Swan Lake, lunch at a restaurant near the castle (not included), extras such as a slide on the tobbogan ride (aka Alpine Slide), or even paragliding off the nearby Bavarian Alps (at the cost of 145€ or else I would have definitely done it!), all before going up to the Castle and going inside. For those who don’t know, rumour has it that this is the castle that Walt Disney based the Disney castle off – you can definitely see similarities. Anyway, it was a bit of a childhood dream come true today as we (essentially) visited the Disney Castle, went to Swan Lake (the similarities are piling up), and one of the wall painting/artworks inside was very bambi-esque. In my mind, this more than solidifies that this is in fact THE Disney Castle. Case closed.

Just to make our day more awesome/magical – our tour guide, Brad, actually (no joke) attended the German Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry for two years. This is also known as the German Academy of Magic, and yes it is a real place. He blew our minds with amazing card tricks (probably so good because he is a Wizard). So in short our day involved entering the magical world of Disney with a wizard for a tour guide. Excellent day.  In all seriousness it is a great tour – a little on the pricey side but much easier than trying to get out there by yourself. I also heard only good things about the city bike tour around Munich with the same company – for those interested.image

We only have one day left in Munich, and it’s yours truly’s birthday! Our plan of action involves a sleep in and then checking out one of Europes largest indoor water parks – there is a slide there that is over 350 metres long! AND one where you can reach speeds of up to 70kmph….exciting! We head off to Wildschonau Valley on Wednesday so next update will be from there.

Until then!

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Stussy // Bucket Hats

Stussy have made quite a name for themselves in the fashion industry. From tees to jackets, they have done it all and have done it with style! The inclusion of the bucket hat has just shown that their growing as a brand and as a fashion icon within the industry.

Bucket hats have been making their ways into children and men’s head wear this year. Its a growing trend that Stussy have been able to capitalse on. From leather to denim, you name it, they have created a bucket hat from it and they all look unreal. SurfStitch have a whole range of these bucket hats as well as more Stussy apparel to fit out your wardrobe!

BucketHats1 Stussy Snow Wash Bucket Cap – Black  | Stussy Coco Pu Bucket Hat – Black  | Stussy Solid Bucket Hat – Sand 

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Chinos for Every Occasion

The transition into spring has been pretty good here on the Gold Coast.There will still be some colder nights, so a pair of chinos are essential for your Spring/Summer.

Chinos are an all round pant that are diverse and versatile for those cold or hot days. Whether they are rolled up, kept down or have an elastic ankle they can be worn at anytime. No matter what occasion, there is always a chance to squeeze into a pair of chinos for the day or even the week if you like them that much.

At SurfStitch, there are so many colours and styles to choose from, so make sure when searching around that you understand the fit of the chino and try and picture the style that you are after. Whether it be a drop crotch, tighter fit, rolled up look or lightweight material be sure to know what you are looking for. If you need help or advice hit up the team here at SurfStitch!

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The Sound of Salzburg

Apart from the fact that I have had the Sound of Music soundtrack running through my head constantly for the past three days, I absolutely love Salzburg. The city is situated on the Salzach river, and like most of the smaller cities we have been to, it’s very beautiful. However, Salzburg has the extra charm of being in the mountains, creating an absolutely stunning skyline. And yes, the hills are alive with the sound of music! (Sorry, I had to!!)

We arrived late afternoon to Salzburg so a few of us just wandered the streets for a while before realising that one amongst us (Gemma) hadn’t seen the Sound of Music. Conveniently, our hostel plays the movie every night promptly at 7pm. Can you guess how we spent our first night in Salzburg? That’s right, watching the awesomeness that is the Sound of Music (much to Lauren’s dismay!).

Next day Lauren and I did our own mini walking tour to check out the sights of the city. We walked through the Mirabell gardens – in which Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children frolic around merrily singing Doe a Deer etc. Great scene. The gardens are very beautiful and pop out right across from Mozart’a old residence. We walked through the old town and saw Mozart’a birthplace and  tried a delicacy called Mozart’s Balls. I wasn’t a fan. They’re marzipan balls covered in chocolate. Unfortunately the ones we had were a bit old (hehe). Next up was the steep trek up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which took 600 years to build. The path up showed Lauren and I just how unfit we are, but the view from the top was worth it. You get an incredible panoramic view of the river and surrounding town on one side, and on the other, a breathtaking view of the Bavarian Alps. After the hard slog to get up the hill, we rewarded ourselves with a beer and an apple strudel at a cafe on the top of the mountain – pretty nice spot to sit and relax for a while! Had some more authentic Austrian food (aka more schnitzel and beer) at a yummy local restaurant called Die Weisse for dinner, with a group of Busabout buddies. Plus 2€ pints at happy hour in our hostel – always dangerous!image

Next day we went out to the worlds largest ice caves – the Eisriesenwelt. These caves are over 40km long, and are incredible. They are natural limestone caves located in the Hochkogel mountain, which is part of the Austrian alps. Inside are 700 stairs upwards (meaning 700 more downwards) which takes you only along the first kilometre of the caves. As the mountains are limestone there is a fairly constant flow of water in the summer time, which due to the temperatures inside the cave (0 degrees!!!!!!) constantly freezes, thus causing the caves to constantly evolve. Your guide (you can choose between German or English, sorry everyone else!) takes you through the pathways and lights up certain ice formations with strips of magnesium – it burns brightly so you can get a better look at the formations, and it brings out the beautiful blue-green colours in the ice. At one point in the cave, there was a section of ice that was 25m thick! We were especially lucky as our tour guide had a surprise for us: when we entered one particular section of the caves, the Alexander Von Mork Cathedral, which measures 70 metres by 47 metres, our guide whipped out a saxophone (something he prepared earlier) and played us a tune. It was amazing due to the excellent  acoustics. Very cool as we were the first group he had done this for! This room is called the Alexander Von Mork Catherdal, because he is buried there. Whilst Anton Von Posselt-Czorich first discovered the caves in 1879, he was forced to abandon his exploration of the cave due to the huge wall of ice in his way. Alexander Von Mork then rediscovered the cave, and further explored it’s full depth. He died in 1914 in WW2, but had previously asked for his ashes to be kept in the caves – hence the cathedral is where the urn containing his ashes resides. We weren’t meant to take photos, but Lauren managed to get a sneaky one when our guides back was turned to give you an idea of what a part of it looked like – definitely doesn’t do it justice, especially as this was one of the less spectacular parts of the cave.image

For those venturing to the caves, I would suggest gloves and a beanie and about twenty jumpers….ok well maybe just three or four…. It was so cold inside that when we came out, my iPhone didn’t recognise my fingers heat signature, due to the lack of heat in my hands. Cold!! It is definitely worth it, but doing the caves is a full day trip – you have to get out there (about 40km outside Salzburg), then trek up the mountain, wait in a very long line to catch a 3 minute cable car into the fog, the walk some more, and then wait for a tour guide. There isn’t any natural light in the caves so every fifth or so person is equipped with a candle lamp…I’d suggest trying to get one as it slightly warmed my numb hands. Even Lauren was cold and she’s not a sook like me.

A quick fun fact: a hill becomes a mountain when it is over 1000 metres high. I had been curious as to when a hill became a mountain, so now you know!

The rest of Salzburg involves heading up to the Eagles Nest and also checking out the Red Bull hangar before catching the bus to Munich!

Until then! :)

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Feature: Bags and Accessories

Bags define style, each for a different occasion and each helping put the last piece of your outfit together, giving it the finishing touch you were looking for all along. Whether travelling or simply going out for a coffee or surf, we’ve got the right choice for you at SurfStitch with our extensive range of bags and accessories. From handbags to backpacks, duffle bags to travel bags on wheels, you’ll find what you are looking for with all the latest designs at your doorstep. Read more and find your inspiration now!

Every woman needs at least one handbag. Perfect for everyday life, a handbag is a fashion symbol. Match them with another item of your outfit to create a link between colours or make it the lone stand out accessory, a handbag should be there with you catching all life’s moments, while also carrying those important daily essentials!StatusAnxiety1 StatusAnxiety2Bags1

Status Anxiety The Lair Bag – Tan | Status Anxiety Passing Moment Bag | Status Anxiety The Lair Bag – Black

Backpacks make life a lot easier with their simple over the shoulder designs and styles. From different men’s and women’s styles, to some designed for a specific purpose, a backpack is perfect for a full day of activities or as an extra set of hands for your life adventures!Herschel2Billabongvolcom1Bags2

Herschel Little America Backpack | Volcom Vacations Backpack | Billabong Gardenia BackpackRC1sandqvist2herschel7Burton1Bags3Burton Tinder Backpack | Rip Curl F-light Backpack | Herschel Retreat Backpack

Duffle bags are cylinder shaped bags that are perfect for that weekend away without the big travel bags. Duffle bags are generally slightly bigger than backpack and are surprisingly full of room most of the time, allowing all your necessities to be with you, while still providing the convenience of throwing it over your shoulder.duffle1Bags4

Burton Westrick Duffle Bag | Volcom Vacations Weekender | Herschel Duffle Bag

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If you are packing all your items away and getting ready for a big trip, a travel bag is the perfect bag for you. With pockets for all products and needs, wheels and a heap of room, the travel bags at SurfStitch are something you cannot look past to take alongside your adventures!D1Bags6

Roxy Long Haul Travel Bag | Billabong Wanderer Traveller | Hurley Roller Cargo Travel Bagp083_SpitRollerBags7

Dakine Carry On Roller | Burton Drifter Roller | Billabong Commute Carry On

Like what you see? Well get ready for more! Whether you are after a little bag to throw over your shoulder, or a bag to throw your life into as you see the world, be sure to browse all bags now at SurfStitch and get your desired one today!

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Glorious Grünau

Last time I touched base Lauren and I had our last few days in Vienna. For those travelling to Vienna, I think two full days would be enough – although it was a beautiful city, you can see pretty much all you want to in two days, and then if you have some extra time, you can check out the amusement park or also head to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which is only an hour away by train. 

As I mentioned, Lauren and I headed to Bratislava for her birthday.  Whilst it is only an hour away, and easy to get to, we had some issues – hopefully those taking this route can learn from our (stupid) mistakes. All issues aside, we had a lovely (and memorable) day – the castle is beautiful and you get a panoramic view of both Slovakia and Austria (I think we were looking the right way!!) and the old town is nice just to wander around too.

Number one: when buying tickets from the electronic ticket sale booths, remember that Bratislava is not in Austria, and thus will not be found under the ‘national cities’ option. This will save you the hassle of a) missing the earlier train and b) running around the train station like headless chooks trying to figure out why the trains don’t run to Slovakia, even though there are signs everywhere listing the next train to Bratislava.

Number two: upon returning to Vienna (which when written in German, is written as Wein) get on the right train. Context: the train we initially wanted to catch returned directly to Vienna, but was cancelled at the last minute. We then went back to the departures board only to find that this train ran once an hour. Naturally we asked a “helpful” ticketing lady, who kindly told us we could get on another train in half an hour at 5.15 that eventually went to Vienna. Feeling pretty pleased with ourselves, we hopped on this train, ignoring the feeling that something was off. The smiling ticket checking man promptly kicked us off 40 minutes into our trip at a rundown train stop in the Slovakian countryside with no one  and nothing around us, as this train did not go to Vienna, and he didn’t know why we were on it. Greeeeeaaaatttt. Laughing at our foolishness (well I was silently cursing the ticketing lady) we patiently waited until another train came by that would take us back to Bratislava, where if we were lucky, we could catch the next train back to Vienna. As a birthday treat for Lauren (and me!) this next train back to Bratislava looked exactly like the interior of the Hogwarts Express, thus making it worth the delays. Long story short, it should have taken us an hour to get back to Vienna, but it took us nearly four. Well done to us!

Next day was more amusing as we visited the worlds oldest amusement park – the Viennese Prater. The votes are in: it was awesome. You don’t pay entry, and you only pay per ride, so it can either work out to be a cheap day, or a very very expensive day. We managed to keep the cost down as we only went on a few rides – but a few friends of ours spent a lot of money (worth it). There are a lot of rides, but most notable were the worlds oldest ferris wheel – which we didn’t go on because it moved so slowly you couldn’t actually see it moving – and the worlds tallest chain carousel – stands at 117m! Last evenings were spent wandering around Shwedenplatz and having drinks at the hostel bar.

We left Vienna bright and early at 8am to make our way to a town at the base of the Austrian Alps called Grünau Im Almtal. If you come to Austria, summer or winter, you must come to Grünau. The place we stayed at is called the Treehouse Backpacker Hotel and it was fantastic. It’s family run by a couple – Heidi and Gerhard – and it’s like you’re a guest in their house. Home cooked meals for every meal, good beer, comfy beds, breakfast included (they have vegemite!!!), free wifi, warm blankets, TV room, games room,a fire pit, bike hire, horse riding, archery and of course, the location is spectacular.  The house is situated on a small river (the Alm river) which is crystal clear. Our Busabout guide told us as we were coming into the town, that the myth is that the water is so pure that if you drink it, your virginity is restored. He then said he stays away from it because it took him so long to lose his in the first place! Hilarious.  But in all honesty you can drink the water straight from the river because it is so pure – it’s delicious!image

Our first afternoon was spent trekking to a nearby waterfall – about 90 minutes each way. A group of 5 of us went, and we found A waterfall, but we’re not quite sure if it’s THE waterfall we were told about… We had to do quite a bit of bush bashing and river crossing to get there. The water is so cold it was painful! Some boys jumped in the river pool out the back at night whilst naked… Hooligans! We had about 15 people staying there so we all piled into the TV room and watched movies together – a nice change of pace after 5 weeks of travel!

The next day Lauren and myself plus Holly, Brigid and Emma (Busabout friends) and Bob and Alex (2 American travellers) hired bikes for the day and made the 24km ride out to Lake Almsee. Apart from the fact that I was impressed that I managed to ride close to 50km on a bike (which was the worst bike in the world), I was absolutely blown away by the scenery. It’s like something of a photoshopped post card!! Again, the water is so clear you can see the bottom no matter what depth, but it also is very blue (confusing). It was so picturesque there were even swans swimming around on the lake. Incredible.image

Apart from being a bit sore the next day, the bike ride is an absolute must if you visit Grünau. We had friends who did the archery and loved it, and then other friends who climbed nearby mountains and loved it too (although they did psyche themselves out about being eaten by either bears or wild cats!). It is a town that you can visit in any weather. In summer there are only about 2000 people living there, but when winter rolls around the population spikes to over 10000. If you’re into your snow sports, then Grünau would be an ideal location. At the Treehouse Hotel they offer special deals for ski passes and accommodation so if you’re interested, definitely check out the website – it seems very very cheap! The only slight downside to the Hotel is the lack of power points in the rooms – there are some, but it can get difficult when everyone wants to charge something. This is where my power board comes in handy, but also if you have one – Brunton Heavy Metal portable charger. All you have to do is charge it up and then plug it in to whatever device you need to charge – has come in handy in rooms without easy access points!

Our last night was spent sitting around a camp fire drinking beer with the grout who had stayed. My only regret is that I wish we spent more time there! I will definitely go back in my lifetime!

We jumped on the bus the next afternoon and headed to Salzburg. We’ve only been here for a few hours, but already we can see that it too is stunning. I can guarantee there will be many Sound of Music references made (at least on my end – Lauren doesn’t like the movie!). We’re booked in to go and see the Eisriesenwelt (world’s largest ice caves) and also the Kelsteinhaus (aka Eagles Nest) – which was built as a ‘teahouse’ for Hitlers 50th birthday, and is high in the Bavarian Alps. Staying here for four nights with lots to do, with Munich as our next stop

Until then! :)

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Feature Brand: Rains

Rains is a brand out of Copenhagen, Denmark taking rainwear to a whole new level. Rains first started in 2011 when two students shared their passion of lifestyle and design. The first collection dropped in June 2012 and since then it’s been taking the fashion world by storm with their unique approach to rainwear. From modern day raincoats, to bags and accessories, Rains has mastered the style of wet weather essentials. Check out Rains on SurfStitch, or draw some inspiration below!

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The brand bases itself around providing and interpreting a practical modern day version of the raincoat of the highest quality materials. The European wet weather allowed Rains to combine a stylish and functional approach to their products, aiming to change people’s perspective of rainy days and promote outdoor lifestyles, after all Denmark is known to experience 121 days of wet weather each year.

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Australia might not be known for its rain like countries such as Denmark where the brand was created, though that hasn’t stopped the label going huge in the Australian fashion scene. When simply browsing the products, it’s evidently clear how and why this is the case, through great quality materials and leading designs.

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Like the look of the Rains collection? See more here at SurfStitch!

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Our favourite sneakers

From us to you, here are some of our favourite sneakers from the past and the present that will shape the future for all of the footwear lovers. These timeless pieces of footwear add a value like no other to your wardrobe. Nothing more satisfying then finding and then having a favourite pair of shoes that no one else has, so here are some sneakers that are our favourites here at SurfStitch!

Old skool vans are an all time classic and are a timeless pair of shoes that will never go out of fashion.

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Next are the Macbeth’s that are versatile with any pair of pants or shorts and again don’t look like they are going anywhere in a hurry.

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Macbeth Eliot Shoe – Black Cement

Nike have always delivered the goods and once again this shoe doesn’t disappoint, but do Nike ever disappoint. 631044-002-NIKE-1

Nike Lunar Oneshot Shoe – Black Ivory 

Moving into a more formal pair of shoes from Rusty, which are perfect for a night out or just to impress. FCM0123NVB-RUSTY-1

Rusty Olsen Desert Boot – Navy Blue 

Dr. Martens, you either love them or you hate them but with a pair of these you can cater for any situation with their hardy and durable make whilst pulling a fashionable look!

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Here are just some of our favourite pieces of footwear, but everyone is different so checkout SurfStitch’s footwear and create some of your own timeless pieces in wardrobe!

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No Kangaroos in Austria

Sadly we had to leave our little paradise in Cesky Krumlov – but we did get a bit of extra time as our bus was an hour and a half late. That resulted in a large game of Presidents and Assholes (excuse the language!) which was the perfect time for me to prove my superiority at cards….by me losing.

The bus to Vienna only took about 3 hours so before we knew it we were in the city. Another quick travel gadget that I would recommend and that came in handy on the bus was my Mophie Juice Pack – it’s a phone cover with an inbuilt charger into it! So at the beginning of my bus my phone was only 2% but before the end it was fully charged! Crisis averted – I could continue playing the Logo Quiz Game. Thank god for technology!

Ingrid, Luke, Heather and Dawson had arrived a few days earlier so we were able to see them again which was fun! Patrick, from our rafting adventures, Ingrid, Luke, Holly (also from Cesky) a few others and Lauren and I headed out for the evening for some drinks and burgers, but it ended up being a pretty quiet night.

Our first full day in Vienna (it was raining) was filled with us walking from our hostel to the Schönnbrunn Palace which was really cool. The building itself is very impressive – not quite sure what the Habsburgs did with all those rooms – but what we found even more impressive were the gardens behind the palace. We knew there were some sort of gardens to see,  but when you see the full scale of them it’s pretty amazing. You can pay anywhere from 19€ to mid 20€ to get inside the palace! which we didn’t! and after seeing the gardens I don’t regret not going in. Also within the gardens is the imperial zoo – which is the oldest zoo in the world – costs about 18€ to get in (we didn’t go in) and apparently it has a lot of animals – including koalas and polar bears. If you’re only in Vienna for a day or two (which I think is enough so far) then you definitely have to see this palace. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions and we’ll worth a visit. Plus it’s free….if you don’t go in! We also went to find the Hofburg Palace. This one is only a few kilometres away from the Schönnbrunn palace and is located in town, and for the unwary – it has a strange layout in that there is no clear centre so you (we) can’t be quite sure you’re in the right place. If only we knew this at the time, it could have avoided a lot of confusion!! As it was raining a lot by this point, and it was late afternoon, we decided to return and regroup before dinner with the same crowd.image

The next day however, has also been a highlight of my trip so far. Through Busabout, we are offered excursions for each stop. One of the options for the Vienna stop was the Grape Grazing Wachau biking winery tour. It’s rated 5/5 on trip advisor and was a fantastic day. It’s a bit on the expensive side (we paid 49€ plus 8.50€ for lunch) but it was well worth breaking the budget. This includes your train ticket out to Wachau (about 80km away), bike hire, 6 different wines with the opportunity to buy some bottles at cheaper prices, and one of the best meals I’ve had on this trip. It was a home made BBQ including marinated pork, salad, potato salad, bread and two types of sausages – one of which was a sausage wrapped in bacon and cheese (yuuuuuummmmmmmm!). The wine was delicious, the bike ride was beautiful – followed the Danube river the whole way, but even better, it was also relatively easy (about 30km but all pretty flat) and the company fantastic. We had a group of about 18 or so – again mostly Aussies but a few Canadians and Kiwis mixed in – and everyone was having a great time. We got into an animated discussion with the Kiwi boys about how they cannot say the word deck or six properly. Hoons.image

Sadly, our adopted travel buddies Ingrid and Luke abandoned us today (Thursday 14th) so we got up early to say goodbye – won’t see them again until Barcelona at the end of mine and Lauren’s trip together. And speaking of Lauren – it’s her birthday!!!! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lauren (nearly halfway to 50!). She’s enjoying the fact that for the next 2 weeks before my birthday she is 2 years older than me, and therefore much wiser, because years = wisdom.

Our plan of action today is to head to Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia – for the day! Only about an hour away by train so w’ll see how we go! I mean, who doesn’t just jet off into another country for a day?

We have 2 full days left (including today) and then we’re off to Grunau (where two of our friends from the trip just got engaged – awwww!) for the weekend, followed by Salzburg and Munich!

Until then! :)

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