Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I know that it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated, but it’s been a busy few weeks. Last week was my spring break, so I went to Paris, Rome, Florence, and Venice with my dear friend Tasia. It’s still surreal; I had always dreamed of traveling to these cities, but I never really thought I would, you know? What a blessing.
I had friends here in Spain who jokingly criticized me for leaving the country; “You’re here to learn Spanish—stay here!” they told me. I understand that mentality, and it is wise, but Tash and I had planned on going on our trip already. And the result? Wouldn’t have changed a thing. In fact, I practiced Spanish almost as much abroad as I would have here! When we arrived in Paris, we checked into our hostel in Spanish. Our roommates were from Spain and Latin America when we stayed in Rome, and we often sat by Spanish speakers on trains. We also made it our rule to speak in Spanish whenever we stood in lines; thus, we practiced for hours =P
There’s no way to recount all of the trip, but I’ll write out my highlights/things I learned/our schedule.
Friday 5:30 a.m.: leave for Paris
Sunday 5:30 a.m.: leave for Rome
Tuesday morning: leave for Florence
Wednesday morning: leave for Venice
Thursday night: leave for home
Friday night: arrive home.
Ha. Traveling home….*laughs* Ready for this? FUN day. Thursday 7:30 p.m. take a train back to Rome. 11:30 p.m. -3:30 a.m. stay in a 24 hour McDonalds waiting for the bus to take us to the Rome airport. 7:00 a.m. Friday flight to Valencia, Spain. 12:40 train to Madrid, Spain. 4:00 p.m. train to Sevilla. Arrive home at 7:00 p.m. Friday night. After that, I feel like I can do anything =P
Highlights from Paris:
-Men falling in love with Tasia (we get much better service that way…free chocolate, too!)
-Shakespeare and Company bookstore
-Our hostel (imagine a closet with 6 beds, a shower, 3 dirty men, and 1 nice German man to watch out for us. All I could do was laugh…)
-Climbing the Eiffel Tower (Thank you Lord for sustaining my knees!) while listening to Josh Groban’s French songs.
-Watching the Eiffel Tower light up at night, and then going to a cave/restaurant and swing dancing the night away
-Walking through the Moulin Rouge district at 5:30 a.m. (I almost punched someone. A little too sketchy for my liking…but a good story I suppose.)
-Amazing gnocchi, gnocchi, and cappuccino
-the market (nice Italian men and wonderful gifts for friends!)
-24 hour McDonalds (when it’s either that or staying outside for 5 hours, McDonalds is the most appealing place in the world). Plus, another man fell in love with Tasia and bought her a strawberry shake, so we got free food. We also made friends with the security guard (yes, necessary in that part of Rome), so no one messed with us.
-playing “Guess Who” in a room full of Roman heads (“does your person look demon possessed? “ “They ALL look demon possessed…” )
-Meeting a new friend, Ian, in line and getting advice for my New York trip
-The B&B (after hostels, our own shower and room were INCREDIBLE)
-Being on the water
-Living on Lido (cutest little island…with YARDS! It’s amazing after living in a city like Sevilla the things you miss…)
-The men (we can all appreciate God’s creation, no? He happened to place a lot of nice looking men on that island—it would be rude not to admire His work, right? =P )
-Shopping ….normally I despise it, but after seeing more famous monuments and museums than I could keep track of, simply walking around and looking at shops was a wonderful change of pace.
-The pastries and coffee. Hehe.
More later hopefully…time to actually do my homework. Pictures are on facebook.