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Published: April 17th 2008
Bev and I
Bev and I in Rome, Italy 2005.. Colliseum in the backround of you can't tell.
I guess this is where i begin.. another trip to europe is sitting on my plate. My first bite at europe was back in October 2005. little did i know how addictive traveling would become. 7 weeks of not knowing what to expect next, and being taken away from the norm that i was used to for so long.
The lessons ive learned, the people i met along the way, whom i still keep in touch with, and the experiences that i came across, lured me into a habit, that still, after these years, I have not begun to break, and i hope i never do.
So first things first...
This is my second trip to Europe. My first trip was a study abroad trip in which i travled with 29 other students ( 3 consisted of my roomates all through college), plus myself, all around Ireland, Scotland, England, and Italy. It had to be the absolute best time of my life. I would hit myself until the day i died, if i never made it back. So this brings me to the current time and place.
Im 22, graduated with my bachelors last May in 07',
Bev Jen and I posing in Dingle, Ireland 2005
in Criminal Justice. I start my Masters in Forensic Medicine in August of 08. I figured i would give myself a mini-break until i start busting my ass everyday on school work. I decided that my trip would not be complete without my best friend from college, Beverly. So guess whos coming on this trip with me!? You guessed it, my best, Beverly. I dont think it would be the same with anyone else. I also am still waiting on a confirmation my other roomate that traveled with us the last time, to see if she wanted to go, but she still has not answered. If she decides to go, i think i may shit my pants. (Not really, but that would be a crazy time)....
This trip will consist of flying into Amsterdam, Netherlands.. leaving may6th from Philadelphia, and arriving May6th in Amsterdam. We plan on staying on a ship on one canal in Amsterdam, (i think itll be the ultimate experience!!) I hope to see the Anne Frank House, take a ride on the canals, ride around on a bike like the dutch do... I wanted to see the Heiniken Museum but unfortunately it is closed, so
Jen and I
Jen and I at Buckingham Palace, changing of the guard... 2005
i guess the sex museum will have to do. No really, im going to go just to say i was there haha...oh yea and of course well have a stroll down the Red Light District at night taking pictures of the prostitutes in the window lol.. and Noooo.. I am not going to Amsterdam in order to smoke marijuana legally. Ill prob just go in one to say i was in one, but really its not my cup of tea... Maybe years ago, but no longer = (
After two nights in Amsterdam, we are taking a train to Paris, France!!. My last Euro trip we had a flight scheduled and paid for in full to go to Paris for 2 nights. Well due to the riots going on, we had to cancel, and lose out on about 200 dollars. But i cant complain especially since it gave us a few more days in Rome. Anyways... Paris.... We are staying in a cheaper hotel. I though i would save the hostels for Barcelona. haha... Yea so... off track.. but back on it... Eiffel Tower, Champs Ulysses (sp?), Notre Dame Cathedral, and a ride on the Siene, possibly do a
Perth.. in Scotland
hop on op off tourist thing in order to see all these great places. 2nd day is a definite DisneyLand Paris. CHildren, I know. but hey... theres that child in everyone.. Day 3 should be spent at the Louvre, and any shopping we need to get done before we leave for our flight to Barcelona, Spain....
Soooo when we arrive to Barcelona by plane, well settle into our hostel... for the next 3 nights. Its right in the city centre, lets just hope its clean and nice and friendly.. the ratings were pretty good on that... so hopefully no worries. We hope to walk the bay, see LaSagrada Familia (i think thats what its called) and other Gaudi monuments. I wanna go to the zoo, and relax on the beach. Spain should be consisting of walking on Las Ramblas (street with shops/perfrmers/ and everything fun). Then its off for our overnight train to Lisbon, Portugal.
In all honesty, i dont know much about Portugal, except for the fact of the beautiful beaches!! Which i think by the end of our trip, layin on the beach would be the perfect idea before its time to jump on the plane
Scared Shitless on a shaky bridge... I was holding on to my dear life, and clenching my teeth trying to get my pic taken haha.
to get back home. So yea... Lisbon... Im diving in head first. The only thing i really know is that we are staying in a bungalow in the woods 15 minutes from the city centre. Bungalow in Portugal Anyone? Sure will!!
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