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Home Again… July 18, 2010

Posted by Emi Leonard in Travel Log.
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Barcelona beach!

So I have returned to the U.S., and now I miss my many homes in Europe. After our program ended, Lexie and I took to the road (or the train tracks) and began our adventure.

First we travelled to Barcelona, Spain. After some troubles with the trains and hostels, we finally settled in and celebrated with sangria and the beautiful beach. We spent most of our time in Barcelona on the beach, however, we had a hard time enjoying the water since we were constantly worried about being robbed. Still, we had a wonderful time in Espana!

Me and Lexie with the Eiffel Tower!

Next we travelled to Paris, France. Ah, how I loved Paris! There was so much to see and do, and squeezing it into three days seemed like a slap in the face, but we did it. We even made it to Versailles, which was breathtakingly beautiful. We watched the Spain versus Portugal game in front of the Eiffel Tower and stared in wonder as the tower sparkled at night. We walked all the way down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe (an ordinary afternoon, right?) and marvelled at the works of art in the Louvre. Paris was a glorious city.

At the English beer garden

From Paris we made our way to Munich, Germany. Munich is no ordinary city; Munich is Germany. People walk around in lederhosen as if they’re jeans and drink liters of beer as if its water and they’ve been wandering around in a desert. We went on a bike tour and a beer challenge and ended our Munich experience by watching the Germany versus Argentina game in the second largest beer garden in the world (complete with little German flags on our faces).

We had short day trips to Geneva, Florence, and Milan and then ended our journey in Venice. We said goodbye with a last gelato and a few more blisters (many accumulated with all that walking) and flew home in style (in our new Germany jerseys). It was the trip of a lifetime, and I will remember it for the rest of my life.

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