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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa September 5th 2008

Well, as it turns out I didn't have too long to wait to (hopefully) catch up in my blog. Josh and I are currently in Pisa after Kristin left early this morning to meet up with her school group for their tours. Pisa, it turns out, isn't really too exciting of a town, which is why I'm once again on the internet (plus it's siesta time here). If you happen to remember from my plan of destinations, you would probably be wondering why I'm in Pisa when that definitely wasn't on the list. Weeell Josh and I have decided that we didn't like the plans we had after Rome and are now going to change them. We don't know exactly what they will change to yet, but that's OK. We're pretty much just planning on making ... read more
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 4th 2008

So I'm a little behind in the blogging... lack of computer access makes it hard to write. I don't think I can catch everything up in one blog either, so I'll just see how far I can make it. (In case I don't make it all the way, I'm currently in Rome and just had the most ridiculous day of sightseeing imaginable). I left off in Annecy, about to head to Chamonix. We got to Chamonix, and (as usual, it seems) instantly fell in love. The town is basically a ski resort, but European style. Everything felt so laid back and relaxed, it was just fun to sit and soak up the atmosphere. Oh - it didn't hurt that the town sits down in a valley surrounded by 10,000+ ft. mountain peaks. It made for some ... read more
Chamonix
Chamonix
Chamonix

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy August 31st 2008

To start... yes, Mt. St. Michel is as fantastic as I was promised. Just to get that out of the way. So... when I last left off I was about to head back to Paris for a night. This time we got into Paris a little earlier than our first time. It was still pretty much nighttime, so we decided we might as well head over to the Eiffel Tower again. This time we did a little better though, and climbed the 400ft. up to the second floor (yes, that's right, we took the stairs). This would be one of the things the title refers to as not disappointing. The view was amazing - the whole city lit up for miles in front of us, sights like the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Couer, and Notre Dame were ... read more
Paris
Paris
Paris

Europe » France » Centre » Tours August 28th 2008

Bonjour! So my location is listed as Tours, but I'm actually sitting in an internet cafe in Amboise, which is just a little ways away from Tours, down the Loire River. I've been having a fantastic time here in France so far, and it's only been 2 days, so I still have plenty to go! I met Josh and Kristin in London, and was very happy to see them. While I'm certainly able to entertain myself, especially in a place as busy as London, it's still infinitely better to enjoy with others - if only to have someone to constantly tell how cool everything is. Also, it allows for more dining options, as I generally avoided restaurants while I was by myself... just not as fun alone. Once we had everything taken care of at the ... read more
Amboise
Amboise
Amboise

Europe » United Kingdom » England August 25th 2008

OK, so here goes another attempt at a lightning quick recap of my lightning quick days in London. As I said before, my hostel was right in the middle of everything. As my guidebook says, London is the DC, NYC, and LA of England all in one city. And my hostel is right in the middle of LA (and maybe a little NYC). Piccadilly Circus is THE place to be, apparently. At night it gets so busy it's hard to walk at times. And not only is it overflowing - almost literally - with people, it's overflowing with exceptionally well-dressed people. My first night here I was just wandering around the area, and I think I was the only person I saw wearing a plain t-shirt. Out of thousands. It felt a little strange. Luckily, I ... read more
Trafalgar Square
Rosetta Stone
Parthenon

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 23rd 2008

This is my second day in a week now without any real sleep the night before... and I have to say they make for pretty unmotivated day afters. Luckily, my tiredness allows me time to get online and write a little bit. Once again, I find myself in the problem of so much to write about and so little money for internet/time to write it. Oh well, I'll just pick up where I left off and see if I can make it up to the present. My day in Munich ended with a walk through Olympic Park at night, which was very cool. We walked down to the track and walked around where gold medals were won years ago. Very cool feeling. Then as we were exploring, looking for a good hill to see the city, ... read more
Munich
Munich
Munich

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich August 19th 2008

OK I have more time to write this now, and I'm feeling a little more patient towards the German keyboard, but there's still no way I can begin to describe everything I want to from the past 2.5 days. I'll just have to settle for a whirlwind summary to accompany my whirlwind tour so far. On Sunday we started off with a morning in Rothenberg, which felt like what would grow if you could take some German and plant it somewhere. It was just so classic. The town was ancient - I think I read it's heyday was in the late 12th century. Yeah, kind of old. From there we went to Würsberg, which I had never even heard of but loved. It's the kind of place I think would be really cool to live: built ... read more
Rothenburg
Rothenburg
Rothenburg

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg August 16th 2008

Hello! I'm here in Nuremberg, arrived safely and everything. I'm trying to type on a german keyboard and it's extremely frustrating so I won't say much, just to let everyone know I'm here. Went out and had a streudel for lunch and a bratwurst dinner. Haven't slept in about 34 hours, so hopefully will get around to that soon. Hopefully I'll have more when I can type better!... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis August 15th 2008

So I'm in MSP airport right now, with my plane leaving in ~1 hour. I don't have much time other than to say that I'm extreeeeeeeeeeemely excited, anxious, tired, full of adrenaline (and caffeine thanks to my sister), and once again excited! Have to go, boarding is about to start. Bon Voyage!... read more

North America » United States » Iowa » Ames » Iowa State University August 11th 2008

Ahhhhhhhhh As it turns out, it's a little more difficult than I expected to simultaneously move out, pack, and plan for a trip all in a week. Oh well... sleep can always be removed from the to-do list I guess. I think I could pretty easily run on pure excitement at the moment. I do, however, need an occasional break, which is why I am currently sitting in my almost completely empty room with a yogurt and the question of what exactly I plan to write. I guess a worthwhile entry would be an explanation to the question(s) of why? So here goes... Why inflict catastrophic financial hardship on yourself and family just to study abroad? Okay, the catastrophic financial hardship may be a stretch. But it does take a little more work than a normal ... read more




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