Monday, August 15, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Europe at Least Once!

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." - Anita Desai


Our first day in Paris and I had spent the previous night in a ball on the bathroom floor because I had what I think was food poisoning from something I ate in the London train station. Shannon woke up to me crying because I was so exhausted having not slept and we were supposed to go see Versailles the first day. I ended up rallying, took a shower and we decided to make our first stop the Eiffel Tower!! We were 5 minutes walking distance from there and it did NOT disappoint!

It seriously is as majestic in person if not more when you see it for the first time. I was giddy like a little girl when she receives her first American Girl Doll. 

And we proceeded to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower pretty much anytime we saw it in plain view no matter where we were... I've got a hundred more similar ones..

Arc De Triumph!! This was so fun to see and it was the same day as Tour De France was finishing so we got to see some cyclists going around the monument too which was pretty exciting! 

Photo bombed by this guy... at NOTRE DAME!



A seriously Stunning building. Beautiful architecture and it sits right on the river. 

I started to get my appetite back so we grabbed our first real meal at this cute cafe. I already miss the darling cafes

We decided to get a little dressed up and go out for a glass of wine, we made a friend that evening and he took us to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up at night. More on that later :) 

Friends. Listen. Pleaseeeee listen. Europe is a place you want to go to. And you need to go sooner than later because I am a little afraid of complications that might arise in the future with border hopping. It was easy for us to travel from the UK to Paris and Paris to Italy. We only had to go through customs in London and then when we got home in Portland but I am not so sure it will remain this easy for long. Everywhere we went in Paris and Italy there were Military men walking around with heavy artillery. Which made me feel a bit safer but also like waiting for a bomb to go off. Fortunately Shannon and I felt very safe the entire trip. Even through staying at Hostels in Italy which I think alot of people are uncertain about. They were perfectly clean and safe which was a relief when you just want a comfortable bed and a little relief from the Italian heat and humidity.

The thing is I understand the excuses you have. I had them too. Your job won't let you have the time off, you can't afford it, you are scared of what is happening with ISIS and other terrorist organizations in foreign countries, you aren't sure you can handle the lengthy flight, you are afraid of the language barrier... the list goes on and on. I would be lying if I said I hadn't thought through all of those things and more at one point or another. My biggest hiccup for so long was the flight length. I always thought that I would have a panic attack being cooped up that long on an airplane but I kid you not that was probably the easiest part of the whole trip.

So just GO!!! And here is a list of the reasons why you SHOULD:

1. You aint gettin' any younger my friend. With the amount of walking around, hopping on and off of trains you do, it helps to be younger. Anyone can go to Europe but I am glad I got to experience it in my twenties, and to be able to flirt a little with the locals ;)
2. Experiencing new cultures seriously changes you and your perspective on life and on how you live your life.
3. The beauty and history you will see and experience is unlike anything we can or will know in the States.
4. It's amazing how much confidence you gain in yourself when you figure out how to get around and communicate in a foreign place.
5. You get to meet new people with completely different perspectives than you.
6. You will feel liberated!  I felt so free in that I was gone for 2 weeks and felt completely at home wherever I was. I was so worried that I would feel home sick or have a panic attack when I thought hard enough about how far from home I was. I am such a homebody normally that this was a big deal for me.
7. You get to experience food from it's origin. The croissants and macaroons and cheese sandwiches and baguettes and pasta and wine. Tasting all of those foods in it's country of origin was so fun! Shannon was a little more experimental than I was, but in my defense I had food poisoning in Paris, and that was NOT fun. So I played it a little safe after that.
8. THE WINE!! I mentioned it in point 7, but it gets it's own line too. The wine in Italy was so inexpensive and SO amazing!!
9. You obtain an appreciation for the blessings in your life in a different way. I was so thankful that I had the ability, and the means and the support of family to take this trip. I was also so thankful to come home to my big bed that has a mattress topper on it that I could snuggle back into.
10. I got to bring home some very fun Italian leather goods that I'm pretty obsessed with. I will take an outfit photo with my purse for you soon :)

There are so many other reasons why it's such an amazing experience. I know these memories  will stay with me for a long long time.

Love and Quit Making Excuses... the Time is NOW!

-Kate

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