A Traveling Dream


About eight months ago my mom announced to me that she was willing to pay for my boyfriend and me to accompany her to Italy and Germany for two weeks. While I was beyond ecstatic for the opportunity to go, I was saddened that we could only stay for such a short time. So, after a few months of thoughtful consideration and talks with my mom, I decided to defer my scholarship for a semester to stay home and work. I was met with a lot of disapproval when people learned of my plan, but they didn’t know what I would soon get to experience.

After six months of working as a waitress in a local pizzeria, I had saved enough money for my boyfriend and I to stay an additional three weeks, sans help from anyone else. We now have an itinerary including Italy, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Belgium. This is a rough itinerary, as we made few reservations.

We are currently twelve days into the vacation and I have just now sat down long enough to write out a blog post. I am excited to share this experience with you all, so here is a run down of what we’ve done so far.

Visited Pompeii
Explored Rome
Visited the Vatican museums
Taken a tour of Roman catacombs
Seen the Pope
Met up with my roommate who spent June in Florence
Spent a day in Venice
Gone to the Hofbräuhaus in Munich
Visited and toured three different castles (Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein, and Eltz)
Driven up the Rhein River
And now I am sitting in Cologne after a day of walking around the city.

It’s definitely been a lot, but I’m loving ever minute-except when the airline lost our luggage and “had no record of it” for three days. But we finally got it back.

All of this being said, I would like to go ahead and apologize for the overload of pictures and other posts you’ll be seeing.


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