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Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, oh my!

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IMG_1990.jpgIMG_2044.jpgIMG_2049.jpgIMG_2163.jpgIMG_2234.jpgIMG_2212.jpgAs I write this, I am sitting on a bench in Paderno in 70 degree sun ☺ It has been a long time since I’ve updated, but it has been filled with some amazing amazing experiences.

We had our 9 day travel week where I went to Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. Paris was the most beautiful city I’ve ever been to. The food, the art, the energy, it is just hard not to fall in love with Paris.

We wasted no time when we got there. We went straight to the Eiffel Tower and got in line to go to the top…. About 20 minutes later we realized we had been waiting in the line for the stairs, not the elevator. SO we wound up walking up 43 flights of stairs…. 782 to be exact…. To the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. The views were soooo beautiful, you could see the entire city. We went back later to see the light show, which we watched eating banana and nutulla crepes on a bench by the river ☺

We saw Notre Dame, the Seine River, Sacre Couer, Moulin Rouge, Red Light District, The Arch de Trumph, and last but not least, the Lourve. I think I could have spent the entire week in Paris. I loved the food, the pastries and bread and steak was UNREAL, and Paris also had the best looking guys I have ever seen. All of them. They were all clean, polished, and put together. They were all so handsome, it was hard to leave! I really want to learn French after going, it was such a beautiful language. Even like the announcements on the Metro sounded beautiful in French.

Our second stop was Barcelona. Now we booked our flights with RyanAir again, who had a special deal on flights. We ended up getting our flight from Paris to Barcelona for 4 Euros, and from Barcelona to Madrid for 9 E. However, these were the most ghetto flights I have ever been on. They land in airports that are about an hour outside of the city, so it is really a long journey going from one place to another, however it was extremely cheap.

Barcelona was BEAUITFUL. We walked off the plane and were greeted with 70 degree, sunny weather. We spent the day walking Las Ramblas, which is a big street down the center of the city FILLED with street performers, vendors, artists, and some very very bizarre merchandize. I could have bought my groceries, a painting, a rooster, and some turtles in the same 20ft stretch of land. Then we walked down to the beach and took a cable car ride over the entire city.

The next day we went to the beach in the morning. We got some Malibu and sat out by the shore. Then we went to see some of the architecture built by Gaudi. I had no idea how beautiful his designs were. We first went to Park Guell which looked honestly like candy land. The houses were so beautiful, just like ginger bread houses. The park had tiled walls and staircases that lead up to a beautiful view of the city where you could sit and listen to this great live band! We then went to La Sagrada Familia, a church designed by Gaudi that has been under construction since 1882 and isn’t expected to be done for hundreds of years. It was stunning! We also went to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona that was one of my favorite stops.

The last stop on our trip was Madrid. Unfortunately the weather was not as nice there, which is a bummer because Madrid is all about the architecture. We walked around the city and went to a lot of the sights. We ended up meeting up with our friend Ryan from CIMBA who took us out boating on this beautiful pond and showing us around Madrid. Our 3 days were filled with Sangria, Mojitos, Sangria, Tapas, and Sangria. Spanish food was very different. I tried Paella, ate a lot of sea food, and had some questionable tapas. We really enjoyed Spain!

The trip was just wonderful. We had 3 very unique destinations and I feel like the 9 days honestly went on forever! I would go back to all three places in a heart beat, but I think Paris ultimately won out.

Life back in Paderno has been really busy. I’ve never been so busy before! We have activities, certifications, and seminars almost every night, and the classes are really starting to pick up. There is very little down time when I’m on campus.
This weekend I had a class field trip to Trieste. I had no idea what to expect. Turns out Trieste is on the other side of the Adriatic Sea, about 2 kilometers away from Slovenia. It was like a beach resort. I felt like we went to Maui for the day! First we went to a war memorial that was hundreds and hundreds of steps with names of Italian soilders on them. It was really neat, I’ve never been to a memorial like this before. Then we went to the sea shore and explored the castle and the surrounding gardens. I can’t say I’ve ever been on a class field trip like that before!

Posted by stephgrebe 14:27 Archived in France Tagged round_the_world

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You take my breath away!!!

by Aunt Jill

You are amazing! Everything sounds so fantastic enjoy the rest of your trip, Shelly

by Shelly Kaufmann

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