Starting the process of going through all of my pictures from my last four weeks in Europe. It might take another week or so, but I promise that I will start getting stories and pictures posted!
I am back home in California! The past five months were so amazing, but it is great to see my family and friends. My plan is to go back to the start of my travels in May and post pictures and stories as I find time, so keep checking back for updates!
I had to say goodbye to Firenze (Florence) yesterday morning. It was a little sad because it is definitely one of my favorite cities. Yesterday we stopped in Cinque Terre for the day and ended the night in Nice. Today I soaked up the French Riviera sun (just a bit too much despite my 3 applications of sunscreen!) Only about a week til I head home. Can’t wait to see family and friends! And then I’ll post stories and pics of my recent travelling adventures
The last few days in Rome have been great. We’ve met up with Sarah’s brothers and two good friends and now the six of us are traveling together. We’ve been staying at an apartment which has been nice, and tomorrow morning we are taking a train to Florence! Ciao!
I’m saying farewell to Ireland and the UK tomorrow and flying into Roma! Ready for Italian food, gelato, and sunshine!
Sarah and I spent two great days in London and yesterday we took a ferry across the channel to Ireland! Today will be our first day exploring Dublin!
Tomorrow is my last day working here in Germany. Where did the time go?! Almost all of my stuff is packed for travel, and I have two boxes left to ship home (thank goodness for having an APO address!). My room looks bare and empty. So strange that this experience is rapidly coming to an end, but it has really been a fantastic opportunity.
I have one last travel post to get up before I start my three and a half weeks of traveling!
This upcoming week will be my last working here in Germany. I can hardly believe that four months is coming to an end so soon. I am so excited to see friends and family back home, but it also makes me sad to realize that this experience is almost over. But, before I fly home, I have some exciting travel to embark on. I think that I have mentioned that I will be traveling when I finish the internship, but I don’t think that I’ve explained where I’m going.
So here goes…Next Saturday, Sarah and I fly from Frankfurt to the London and will be spending a few days there before taking a ferry across to Dublin and seeing a bit of Ireland. From Dublin, we fly into Rome, where we will be meeting up with Sarah’s two brothers and two good friends. The six of us will spend 4-5 days in Rome, and then take the train to Florence and Cinque Terre. From Cinque Terre, we will be taking the train along the south of France, most likely stopping in Nice and Marseille. Finally, we spend a few days in Barcelona!! At this point, I am the most excited about Barcelona! I can’t wait to see Spain. The next month is going to be such an adventure!
After our weekend trip to Belgium, Sarah and I had one last day on our rail pass that was going to expire the 17th of April. We mentioned a day trip to Switzerland, and Lindsey and Bob decided to join us. Our rail pass allowed us to travel to Basel, Switzerland (a city located on the corner of France, Germany and Switzerland) because the Deutsch Bahn actually has a train station in the German corner of Basel. We left on the 6am train from Lanstuhl and arrived in Basel around 10:30. We had no real plans for the day, so we started following the general flow of pedestrian traffic across the Rhine river towards the center of the city.
We strolled through the market in the center square and sampled (and later purchased) some farm fresh Swiss cheese. Incredible.
We stumbled across a plaza filled with people all holding the same type of cup and were curious what they were all drinking. We noticed a booth at the corner of the plaza and headed towards it. After asking, we found out that it was a Swiss milk company that was giving away free cups of milk. We were all pretty excited to get a free cup of delicious Swiss strawberry milk!
We asked Bob to take a picture of us girls with our milk and the featured cow, and apparently he took a succession of great pictures, including the one featured below.
Lindsey and Bob decided to take turns actually “milking” this cow. Turns out water actually came out if you milked it correctly!
We walked through some of the side streets and stopped for shopping along the way. I made sure to stop in a grocery store and purchased some Swiss chocolate. Speaking of shopping in Switzerland, I could not believe how expensive everything was! Several people had told me how expensive the country of Switzerland was, but I was not prepared for the prices! The conversion rate from dollar to Franc was slightly better than dollar to Euro, but it did not come close to making up for the high prices! We were hard pressed to find something to eat from a small vendor for less than 7 francs (about 10 dollars). A pastry that would have been about a euro in Germany was the equivalent of 4 euro in Switzerland. Long story short, the Switzerland is incredibly pricey (glad we just went for a day trip)!
As we slowly headed back towards the hauptbahnhof, we stumbled across a huge flea market. We wandered through and browsed the tables, and surprise, surprise, even the flea markets in Switzerland are expensive!
We ended our trip by walking along the Rhine, soaking up the sun and enjoying the slow-paced day.
Swiss cheese+ Swiss chocolate+ Swiss army knife (yep, purchased a real Swiss army knife!)= a successful day in Switzerland!