So way back when summers were lazy and fun I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for 3 weeks through an ambassador program. My mom insisted on the trip, saying it would be a once in a lifetime experience and that it would be a great way to get to know more kids at my school (read: she wasn't very fond of my friends). Anyway, it was most definitely an amazing experience, (again, I genuinely hope that was not my only opportunity to travel overseas) and it was so much fun. I mean just imagine a group of 20 or so teenagers running around Europe for 3 weeks (...okay, we did have chaperones...most of the time).
In all we traveled to from Paris to Rome, visited 4 countries, and met some wonderful people. I'd have to say Venice was my favorite by far, but now that I've played Assassin's Creed and read Inferno I'd really love to go back to Florence! We had a home stay in Austria which was terrifying leading up to it but turned out pretty fun once we got settled in. I'll always remember leaving from O'Hare, in the Midwest surrounded by corn, and then landing 10+ hours later in a cornfield in Paris. I had my dad's old 35 mm with me and I was the only kid there taking roll after roll of film since digital cameras were already a thing. I recently started scanning them into my computer which is literally SO MUCH WORK.
I have so many wonderful memories from this trip from just walking around these historic cities with friends to seeing all these famous landmarks that I never though I'd see. From the Notre Dame in Paris to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, we saw the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night and walked through the Coliseum in Rome plus so much more. This trip inspired my love of etymology, architecture, and travel <3
I plan to get out on more adventures very soon!