July 03, 2015

Europe Part 3: London














| May 24 - June 12 |
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Oh, Londontown... a contender for my favorite city in the world. Of all the places I've been, this is the one outside of the US that I can see myself calling home some day. I can't begin to write about 3 weeks worth of living here in one blog post, so I won't. I'll let these pictures speak for themselves!

July 01, 2015

Europe Part 2: Paris

| May 20 - May 24 |
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From Iceland, we flew to Paris, which is certainly one of the prettiest cities I've ever been to. I was here for two different periods during my time in Europe, and I grew very fond of and familiar with the City of Light. For the first four days I was here, I didn't do much by the way of "tourist attractions". I knew I was coming back later with my brother, and so I decided to save all of the museums and stuff for then. So, on this first stay, I elected to explore less typical places. My favorite was the Pere Lachaise cemetery, the site of many of the pictures you see above. All of the flowers and giant tombs and cobble-stoned paths--it was magical. I'd never been to a cemetery that was any more than regular old gravestones on a field of grass. I spent a good two hours at Pere Lachaise walking through, taking pictures, and seeing the graves of many famous Parisians. 

Of course, I did wind up doing some touristy things too. I visited Notre Dame Cathedral, and ran into two friends from my university randomly! What are the chances, am I right? They are the two boys you see me beaming with above. I also couldn't stay away from the Tour Eiffel at night. Every hour of darkness, on the hour, it sparkles for five minutes straight. Tourists--myself included, I'll admit--go wild; selfie sticks swinging, Snapchat open and filming away. In that last picture, you'll see my friend & travel-mate, Lauren, with me in front of the Tower. Even now, frozen in the background of a picture, it looks beautiful to me! 

June 29, 2015

Europe Part 1: Iceland














| May 17 to May 20 |
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Iceland is the very first place I've ever set foot out of the US. While we were only here for about 48 hours, we packed in SO much (because we didn't sleep at all)! We barely slept because during the summer, it doesn't get dark in Iceland--there are 24 hours of daylight. It was crazy to be going to bed at 3 AM with the sky still as light as if it were afternoon. 

For our time in Iceland, we stayed in Kex Hostel in Reykjavik (definitely recommend!) and rented a car, which we drove all along the southern part of the island. We didn't venture North (where the glaciers are) because we just weren't there long enough. A lot of the time, I felt like I was on Mars. As you can see from these pictures, there is some weeeeird terrain going on. Weird, but beautiful. I would go back to Iceland in a heartbeat.