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22 Jun

Woke up to check out to check back into another room. Out hostel has a very nice staff but is the kind we definitely brought our sleep sacks for…

We started the day by walking through the Las Rambas looking at different street venders as well as the costumed street characters. If you give them a little money they come to life for you!

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La Sagrada Família is a really cool structured cathedral. Too bad it’s mostly under scaffolding.. I think it had more this time than the last when I was here with my dad!

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We grabbed some fruit and sat in the park out front until going on a long trek beside the beach. Can’t wait for tomorrow! Afterwards we grabbed a late lunch, walked around the city (more like got lost around the city) and hiked up towards park Güell.

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If y’all don’t know what it is it’s an awesome mosaic park created in 1900. Last time when dad and I were here it was free… I liked it better when it was free.

Afterwards we may or may not have gotten a little lost, grabbed dinner and dessert (finally got a crepe!) now just watching the American vs Portugal football. Finally tied it!! Come on USA!

So I think I could do hostels again… Kate is never traveling again unless its first class (or she has to)

Home soon.
-kk

P.S. Postcards didn’t really work out everyone… I am sorry! they were either really expensive or I didn’t exactly have time. Also,I am terrible about finding the post.

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Hola from Barcelona!

21 Jun

Thankfully waking up wasn’t too bad today. We got up bright and early at 5:40 to give ourselves enough time to pack and get to the station. We had to walk it because the buses weren’t running yet. Any other given situation this would have been perfectly fine; however, cookie has a lame wheel and has been quite the struggle bus. She was a trooper though and made it with only a couple tantrums. At least this is our last real travel day…
[[ I don’t want to leave 😦 I couldn’t et over how blue the water is and the constant view of the alps surrounding you. The town itself is super relaxed and laid back with tons of adventure sports to do! Just another reason to return again]]

So we were doing fine hoping train to train until our third one just randomly decided to stop in Grenoble… And not leave. The train strike finally caught up with us and ours refused to go any farther. For those who are wondering, Grenoble is not the most bilingual French town… Thankfully we were able to get what we wanted across and find another route to Barcelona that actually gets us earlier than before!

Now train travel only expands from 7:00-20:45 which for all you Americans means 7am to 8:45pm.

Being lucky as were are, our reservations sat next to the creepiest and smelliest two guys on the 4 hour train. Winning…

Finally made it to Barcelona! We had to go up this super steep hill to get to our hostel though… cookie wasn’t feeling it and neither were we. We definitely are feeling that hike today. The weather is so nice here… like we are so not use to it. Finally could wear a dress and be completely comfortable! We were so happy because we even got a late dinner out/ gelato and ate it out in one of the squares watching all of the locals hangout while we practiced our own spanish. (I am a wee bit rusty but holding up there)

Can’t wait for the warmth tomorrow!

-KK

One more day in Switzerland!

20 Jun

Unfortunately we had to cut Nice out of the travel plans. We were suppose to be going there today but we were both so tired of traveling and couldn’t justify going for just one day. Plus we had to figure out our final transportation to Barcelona so that would have took up half of that one day anyways.

We were a little stressed out this morning booking hostel rooms and train schedules but at least we got it done.

The rest of the day was spent walking around town taking in the views and relaxing.

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Not the busiest of days but we need all the rest we can get because we have a FULL day of travel tomorrow… 7am-11pm. -_-

Currently watching France CRUSH Switzerland right now in football.. so sad.

Miss you all!
-KK

Bonjour Paris!

16 Jun

Sorry for posting so late! Just been busy (sleeping) at least I am all caught up now…

Today we reluctantly got out if bed, switched the laundry to dryer and ate a very quickly (so sad because the food was great)

8 hours of travel later (train and bus) we made it to Paris and were greeted by Mara and Alex who guided us back to their flat. They were so sweet and made us dinner before heading out to see the arc dr triomphe. It is so beautiful lit up at night.

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This is my third tone traveling to Paris but seeing the Eiffel tower never gets old. We grabbed some desserts, bottles of wine and had an evening picnic in the park in front of it looking at the lights and watching it sparkle.

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I couldn’t imagine the scene being any better than it already was sitting here with two of my best friends and the always handsome Alex.

Kate, Mara and I

Kate, Mara and I

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We topped off the night with watching the USA/Ghana match (which we won. Nbd.) and are heading to bed before a busy Parisian day tomorrow!

Bonsoir!
-kk

Last Day in Amsterdam!

15 Jun

Surprise, surprise Kate and I missed breakfast yet again. I can’t really say I’m that sorry about it, the beds were so comfy.

At least we got out earlier than the day before. Our first stop was the grocery store where we grabbed some breakfast to eat on the square nearest to our hotel. It is a prime people watching spot. Good thing people don’t really sit near us because we probably come off creepy and strange when just talking to one another (we like to do lip curls and personify our suitcases… Cookie is a diva while little osprey is a laid back go with the flow kinda gal.)

We got to see the I AMsterdam sign next which was pretty cool but surrounded by people.. It was a little hard to get a good shot.

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While there a street performance started that was pretty good and funny but to be honest our minds were on more important things like pancakes…

We passed by apparently a famous pancake place on the team over to the sign. As soon as we spotted it we made sure to keep track of the path to get back. Well worth it I tell you. Everyone around us were being so cute and sharing.. Then there was Kate and I who both ordered one giant one and pretty much licked the plates clean. (By pretty much I mean we did.)

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We also found another market stuffed with cheese and tulips (who knew right?) and of course had to go from shop to shop eating all of the samples we could.

We walked by the Anne Frank house but decided to not actually go in because the que was so long and we heard a few negative reviews about it. So instead we just walked around the canal and popped into the tulip and cheese museums (sense a theme yet?!). Another quick snack and we headed back over to the hotel where we checked into our new room.

The skotel (school hotel) is so nice. We have to thank Caroline for hooking us up! Tonight’s room was Kate’s kind of camping. I don’t know if you all have met her but she is definitely the city to my country. It had a large forest back drop and a large plush bed. We just rested and waited for Caroline to return before grabbing dinner and joining her on a trip to the grocery store where we followed her around like little ducklings playing with everything new. The walk back was particularly funny because Caroline got us little Hup Holland Hamsters and Kate and I were so excited going on and on talking about them that we didn’t even notice any of the guys trying to hit on us. Priorities obviously.

I was really happy about the bed...

I was really happy about the bed…

Kate's type of camping

Kate’s type of camping

Now, best part of the day you ask? WE GOT TO DO LAUNDRY. FO FREE I TELL YOU. Jk on the best part but it was great. We stayed in watching the France/ Honduras match and learning British slang words from our new friends over Facebook all while leaving our bed as little as possible. Got to take it in while you can.

Farewell Amsterdam. I hope to return to you soon. Onto Paris!

-kk

Thoughts on Amsterdam:

Kk: Walking into the city I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.. What you hear about most are probably not the first things you want to write home to mom about. I was blown away with the atmosphere and how quickly I fell in love with this city. It lives up to it’s nickname the Venice of the north because of it’s beauty and canals being littered with boats of all shapes and sizes. Everyone, and I mean everyone, owns a bike and it is a main method of transportation here. To be honest on my bike ride I spent quite a bit of time evaluating my job options and how I could return to live here (or the UK) sorry mother.

KL: The atmosphere of Amsterdam was great to experience. While exploring the city, we soon learned that you should watch out for the bikes more than the cars. Not long after, we become one of the bikers; then, the public had to really watch out for the bikes. Riding along the canals and exploring the little shops and markets was a nice change to subways and metros for a day. Overall, our time in Amsterdam went fast, but was well spent.

Hup Holland Hup!

13 Jun

Woke up this morning a little tired and not up to traveling.. Unfortunately we didn’t have a choice and had to get to the rail station. Eurails are almost not worth it. It is incredibly hard to get on a fast train and near impossible to find someone who will sit down and map things out with you.
Eventually we got to Amsterdam and walked into our own piece of heaven. A real hotel (thanks momma larsen!!) we are so not use to nice things that we look like 5 year olds playing with all of the gadgets. (Our faucet turns red to blue from hot to cold including purple in the middle)
We met up with their family friend Caroline and went out for a drink to chat. (Where we saw a real life mannakin piss) Afterward we grabbed dinner and headed out to the square to watch the football match between Holland and Spain.
Hup holland hup!

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We won 🙂 woo!!! Hopefully that doesn’t hurt us in Spain. We celebrated with the rest of the country and went out to the wee hours of the morning singing and dancing.
We love happiness. In all forms.

-kk

Bienvenue a Bruxelles!

12 Jun

Bonjour!

Our 5am alarm clocks came painfully fast this morning. Thank goodness we were already packed and ready to go…
We had a 6:50 train out of London for Brussels and you will be proud to know we got there with plenty of time left over. (I want to know why in the world did we ever think these early morning travel reservations were a good idea) Unfortunately we didn’t get to sit together on our train over. She was lucky and got to sleep while I on the other hand stayed awake to upload the pictures I’m behind on editing/ posting. -_- I finally got them all uploaded and prepared to take a quick nap only to be teased because I forgot about the time change. Right when I started to fall asleep we arrived.

Bruxelles is a very pretty city. However, it is smaller and easy to see or do in a day. We are happy that we decided to make it a one day trip because to be honest we aren’t sure what we would really have to do tomorrow. After arriving we dropped off our stuff in our hostel and ventured towards city central where we caught a free tour. It was interesting enough, I didn’t know anything about it’s history nor it’s foundation and we also saw some really important sites on it… (Mannakin piss anyone?! *sarcasm)

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Grand Place

Grand Place

We ended up bouncing half way through (the tour guide wasn’t quite keeping out attention and kept trying way to hard to be funny it became annoying) and sat in the royal park in front of the palace eating icecream. We also made it over to see the famous Atomium sculpture.

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3 Belgian waffles each (some in chocolate), a basket of fries, Icecream cone, and dinner later, we returned back to the hostel to relax, get stuff done and get some sleep before traveling once again tomorrow.

when in Brussels...

when in Brussels…

Amsterdam better watch itself!

Bonne nuit!

-kk

P. S. I actually spoke some French today and made sense! Wooo!
P.P.S. Brussels kind of smells?