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Farewell America, Hello Europe!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Kate and I are off!

Watch out Europe we are coming for you! 8 countries and 3 weeks lay ahead of us of new adventures and experiences. For those of you who do not know our travel plan it is…

Dublin>London>Brussels>Amsterdam>Luxembourg>

Paris>Interlocken>Nice>Barcelona

My favorite part about it is, in all of these large cities we have a list of cultural activities and sights to see but when you scroll the itinerary we created to Brussels it literally just says “chocolate and waffles”.

Obviously I started off the day on a good path when on the way to the airport I called it a post office. Dad said he was going to stick a stamp on me and hope for the best.

 

Kate And I!

Kate And I!

Just wanted to give a shoutout to the parental units and say thanks for everything! Both Kate and I are so excited!

Daddio and I (insert mother here ^)

Daddio and I (insert mother here ^)

Kate and her momma bear

Kate and her momma bear

We were a little worried boarding onto our little hop over flight to Charlotte because the announcer started declaring all of the cabins full and Kate was trying not to check her bag. We got lucky that we happened to find a space (after I shoved some unknowing persons stuff far to a side) and didn’t have to worry about it. Now we are currently sitting in the Charlotte Airport waiting the arrival of our plane. Kate and “Little Osprey” (her backpack) are sitting across from me while i’m just praying on “Cookie” (my suitcase) meeting me in Dublin…

See ya in Dublin!

-KK


I kind of like it here…

Friday, July 5th, 2013

I really do.  Okay, so Bilbao is a city but it doesn’t seem as hectic or dirty as the cities in America.  I don’t like comparing, but let’s compare a few things.  

  • First, it is so clean here; yes they smoke a lot (it’s Europe) but the streets are pretty clean.  The metro is so nice, extremely nicer than the ones in DC (haven’t been on the ones in NYC).  The downfall is that it ends Sunday to Thursday at like 10:45pm and Friday and Saturday it runs all night.
  • People stare a lot and it’s a little strange.   I mean different; it’s part of their culture, which I can get use to because they’re basically admiring me (that’s what I’m telling myself!).  
  • Bilbao is near a river (Ria de Bilbao) and a 30 minute metro ride to the ocean/Bay of Biscay!  DC isn’t really near a body of water… 
  • DC is probably twice the size of Bilbao.  It also isn’t very well know, so when tourist visit they stick out like a sour thumb!
  • Continuing off that… DC is so diverse I love that so much!  You basically get food from everywhere.  I would never be homesick. 
  • Bilbao is pretty safe.  I think the professors keep telling us to not go to this part of town that is far south but other than that it’s quite safe!  Ehh DC is safe if you know people from there and familiarize yourself with DC.  Then you will know what parts are not safe, like the SW region!
  • Everyone in DC basically knows some kind of english.  Bilbao’s main language is Spanish or wait is it Basque? Yeah either way it is not my native language.  I could learn, but Basque is a whole other language! Wahh!!

I just adore cities.  The idea of walking around to a shop and saving money (that I do not have) sounds awesome and possible.  And cute shops are everywhere! I want to live in one after college! Who wants to join me!?  (:  Anyway, school here is really cheap but the job situation here sucks.  So I would love to go to Medical school there and then move back to the US and find a job!  That’s possible right? Yeah, let’s do that!

CO

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

So continuing from day 3…

Right after leaving the small town I headed up to the peaks again to meet up with the rest of the group… well riding up the Gondola it just stopped. And I was riding alone so I was mentally preparing to write out my will on my phone as the cables (including my little world) were raising UP and DOWN to extreme levels. It was a bit terrifying…

solo riding.

solo riding.

literally the rest of the day consisted of traveling to Lafayette , CO and running away to eat at a pizzeria where our cashier was obviously stoned out of his mind. Mary and I literally went to bed at 8:30… I went to bed because she did and she claims to still be on “virginia time”… its crazy. I couldn’t sleep. I just laid there being beaten by a thrashing Mary who sleep talked and screamed during the night scaring me to death. Woman.

(oh and my dad got us hot spot access on our phones… which is awesome and I love it. THANKS DAD.)

Day 4!

So woke up still really sore… but not on death row anymore so Mary and I were off to hit the slopes once again. We went to a different resort to board this time, Eldora! Mary decided today that she was going to try snowboarding… lets just say she got hit with some serious karma for making fun of me the other day. At least I stayed up except for getting off the ski lift and stopping at the very end.. (today I cleared it! no falls at either end thank you!!)

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Eldora Resort!

Eldora Resort!

To and from Eldora we stopped in an ADORABLE town called Nederland, CO. I was a little obsessed. We stopped in a coffee shop built in an old train car named “Buffalo Bills: coffee and confections”. They made fresh mini doughnuts there and let me just say, they were delicious…

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OH! I also saw like REAL prairie dogs just doing their thing in the wild. I liked it.

Since then I have eaten probably way too much, played role of soccer mom picking up the kids, and chilling on the couch watching disney channel. Life is good.

Mary is literally trying to convince me to have another 8:00 bed time.. I may fight her.


hello america

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

home again home again, can’t believe it has been a month!

we traveled for 16 hours today including all the busses, trams, and flights. then i had a 2 1/2 hour drive home after all of that.

the flights went well our first flight we had a 2 hour delay on which ended up not being terrible and we were lucky because we originally had a 4 hour layover in London so we weren’t cutting our flights close. when we reached london, nicole, mary and I ate at a restaurant called Giraffe which is something we should bring to the states. its like Chili’s only a healthier selection.

Tram at the London Airport

Our second flight was not crowded at all. it was LOVELY. mary and I even scored an entire center row just for the two of us which we took over spreading out happily watching movies for the 8 hour flight. flying in style thats us. When the attendant came around asking if we wanted anything to drink i asked if they had ice tea which he thought was hilarious and said “We don’t believe in that in the UK!” then i asked for  a coke instead and he was still in a good mood and gave me two with a large cup of ice. hey ill take it.

We were so happy to see the “Welcome to the United States” sign. we got through customs easily AND all of our suitcases made it. man we are lucky. After exiting i had a very welcoming sight of my parents and Kyle waiting for me :) Kyle even made a shirt with kissing fish (if you don’t understand our nicknames are “fishy”) a bouquet of roses and a HUGE bottle of water. happiest thing ever. I said my goodbyes and left. (i already miss having everyone everyday). the 2 1/2 hour ride home was the killer for me. i was just ready to be back and done with traveling at this point. we got silver diner for dinner (it was like 4am for me at this time) and when i got home i quickly passed out. its so nice to be back in my bed! i miss mary a lot (i was with her 24/7 literally) but lets just say I’m not losing sleep over it haha

i miss everyone from the trip!

-K

FINAL POST!

this trip was absolutely amazing. i made great friends, saw great places, and learned so many interesting facts all at the same time. I WOULD highly recommend other students to take this opportunity only this is actually the last year it was available. both professors (WHO WERE FANTASTIC!) have been doing this together for 20 years and have finally decided they are finished and no one is left to take their place. HOWEVER, i strongly believe everyone who has the opportunity to study abroad should take it. its an experience like no other and its great to actually get shoved in another culture and see how they live day to day. my two favorite cities would have to be prague and london. i thought they both just had so much history to offer as well i had a ton of fun at these locations. thanks so much for reading everyone! and if you have anymore questions about locations or anything feel free to ask!