Friday, June 10, 2011

Katie's first post

Wazzzzzuppp! I mean...bonjour! We are currently in the train station, Gare du Lyon in Paris. Paris deinetly beat out Prague as my favorite city so far. This trip has gone so unbelievably fast. I can't believe we only have five days left. I feel like we just started yesterday but also I feel like we have been traveling forever. Next is nice, France and then finally Spain. I am so beyond excited for Barcelona. I feel like I really need to study abroad here in France. It has been three days and I feel that my French has improved immensely. I have met some amazing people and definitely have some crazy memories. I'm excited for nice because I can just relax. Because we did The optional versatile trip we had much less time in Paris. We went to the moulin rouge last nit and I was blown away. It was quite possibly one of the best shows I have seen in my entire life. I am on my friend carolyn's iPad right now in the train station, she is an awesome girl :) Def. Must see for those out there who have not visited Europe...go to see the gothic churhches in Prague, after Paris, they were my favorite thing. And oh my...the beach off of Corfu,Greece is absolutely amazing. God really has blessed Jenna and I and we are so thankful. I think I am going to come home with big hulking shoulder muscles and huge callouses on my feet. Some people say that Paris is dirty but I think it is beautiful, so beautiful. Currently I am sitting here remembering drinking wine in Toscana and haggling for leather in florence. My leg is falling asleep and I am tired. Au devoir mes amies. A bientot!

P.s. Notre dame is breathtaking, Jesus is truly alive!

We are currently sitting in a train station in Paris! We are about to catch a train to Nice, which is about six hours... we will stay for two days, after Nice we have an eight hour bus ride to Barcelona where we stay for two days and then depart for home.

Sorry my posts are so short, I still haven't found a computer!

Oh! Last night we saw a show at the real moulin rouge, it was spectacular! Seriously, the best show ever!

Au Revior!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I have been terrible at posting. Totally missed Amsterdam, wasn't a huge fan but I'll post more when I have a computer because right now i just have my itouch.

I love Paris. It my favorite city I think. It's gorgeous, went to the top of the Eiffel tower last night, stayed three hours until it was all lit up..... Incredible!

Miss you guys. Can't wait to see you, one week left!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Well hey there,

We safely arrived in Amsterdam yesterday evening. We got all checked in and then headed into town, our hotel is on the outskirts of town so it was about a ten minute walk to the tram station and a thrity minute ride into town. Once in town, we visited the Anne Frank museum which was really cool to see but at the same time really, really, really, sad. I can't imagine hiding there with no sunlight and no fresh air for two years! It blows my mind. Amsterdam is more of a city and lots of less to look at. Its so wierd that weed is legal here, its everywhere! Today, we are going to visit the red light district - I've heard its pretty interesting to see. I'm not really sure I'd say interesting, probably more like SAD but we will see.

Um, we are also visiting the Van Gogh museum today which should be fun and also the I am Amsterdam sign. I wish I could upload pictures to show you guys but I cannot! There is also a huge flee market here that we are going to check out. We have two whole free days here with absolutely nothing scheduled so we should have some down time which will be good because we are both exhausted. Twenty five days of traveling will do that to ya - man on man, ten more days. As amazing this is, I think I need one day of just sleep. I swear the long bus rides just drain the life out of me. Not complaining though, its VERY worth it.

Thats all for now. We get wifi here and will be here a few days so I will keep ya posted (hahaha no pun intended)!

Monday, May 30, 2011

P to the rague.

Well hey there, let me update you on our trip.

We safely made it to Prague yesterday evening after a five hour drive and a few hour stop in Regensburg, Germany. Regensburg was a very cute little town and also Germanys Bavarian captial! 

Since arrival we have gotten some really good Czech food, which I think is a mix of Italian and German food. We have also seen some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen! Everything is Gothic looking and so beautiful, it possibly my favorite place so far! The Prague Castle is GORGEOUS, we also saw St. Vitus Cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows. Charles Bridge is spectacular and I wanna see it at night sometime, we have all day tomorrow free so probably then. We also get to SLEEP IN - which seriously is the most amazing news I might have ever heard. 

We were signed up to do a jazz river cruise tomorrow night in Prague but it ended up getting canceled because not enough people wanted to do it but thats okay, we actually went on an hour long boat trip today which was great. Also, we had to switch currencies over to the czech krown which is just so weird, for every American dollar its 17 krowns so its just weird and everything looks really expensive, however, things are much cheaper here. 

One thing I have realized I for sure take for granted in the U.S. is WATER. Im seriously always dehydrated here because one lil bottle of water is like 2 euros which is like 3 American dollars - robbery I tell you! Everything is seriously so expensive, stupid exchange rate! How I long to be back in America and drink free water at a restaurant with ICE and LEMON. But, that was just me being dramatic - everything else is really really wonderful and I cant complain about anything. 

On a positive note... Can I tell you guys something just really, really cool? Well, here goes. Jesus is everywhere here and it makes me happy. So happy as a matter of fact. We probably few on average a Cathedral a day, sometimes more, sometimes none but it makes me so happy that He is known and He is everywhere! Like today on the Charles Bridge - there was a billion sculptures and crosses and saints lining the whole bridge and most people admire these statues but it makes me feel at home. It makes me feel happy to see that others love him or have written on the walls JESUS LOVES YOU. It probably sounds lame but it is truthfully so exciting and has made my trip so enjoyable and peaceful.

I cant think of much else right now, Ill let you know what our free day holds when I do. After Prague, we are heading back to Germany to Heidelberg then to Amsterdam! Cant wait!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Good Day

Our last day in Munich was wonderful. The breakfast at this hotel is sooo much better compared to what we have been eating. Typically in Europe they serve coffee, juice, rolls, cheese, and meats. Yum? But where we are now they have eggs and bacon which everyone is loving but the thing Im most excited about is the fruit salad. Fruitttttt, you just cant get enough of it here.

Katie has been eating a lot of sausages and seems to be liking em. The pretzels are good and we also tried spƤtzle , oh my goodness it was amazing. Katie and I are also loving nutella, we take it on all the bus trips that are like 4 - 7 hours long and snack on it with apples or bananas. Okay, well now that half of this post has been about food, Ill move on.

We had a pretty early morning because we drove 1.5 hours to the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is where the sleeping beauty castle is based off of. It seriously looked fake, in a good way. Pretty cool, we couldnt take pictures inside the castle though so we dont have any but the view from outside was spectacular. Everyone was saying how it looked exactly like the view from a castle should.

Everywhere we go and everything we see just seriously makes me feel blessed. Blessed to be here, traveling Europe, blessed to be experiencing it with Katie and some really wonderful people on our trip and blessed knowing  I have family and friends back home supporting me :) awwww.

Tomorrow will be a travel day for us, we are making our way over to Prague. YAY. 

Im never sure what places we will have wifi at so I never know if I will be able to post or check email and facebook - so keep that in mind.


Friday, May 27, 2011


We have just arrived in Munich, Germany earlier today and our hotel here is extremely nice and we get free internet. Yes!

After Florence we traveled about four hours to Venice, we stayed in a little town right outside and we had a beach which was really nice after our travels we just went and layed out and got some sun! Venice was wonderful, we had a few free nights and where we stayed was pretty touristy so I didnt love it. We did take a ferry into Venice one full day though and it was greattttt! We took another ferry over to the little island of Murano to see a glass blowing demonstration, which was the sweetest thing ever - this guy made a horse from glass in seriously two minutes. We saw St. Marks Basilica and Square and it was great. Im so bummed I didnt bring my computer so I could upload pictures to show you guys but in due time.

We spent about eight hours on the bus today driving to Munich and we had a few stops. We drove through Austria as well! Today was a pretty rainy daz so it was nice that we were traveling. The weather in Italy was sooooo hot and we got here and we are all wearing jackets and jeans and are still cold. We went to the Hofbrauhaus House tonight we dinner, pretzels and beer. It was really yummy. Since I dont eat sausage Im guessing that I will be eating a lot of pretzels! I cant think of much else, since we have free internet I will update tomorrow of our other adventures, we are touring the sleeping beauty castle! :) Miss you guys.