Tag Archives: travel

Farewell America, Hello Europe!

4 Jun

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

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Almost Here!

2 Jun

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to get the ball rolling on the blog and say it’s almost time to leave! Soon I will be heading back over the pond but now with one of my best friends Kate. We are just backpacking around the continent for about 3 weeks and I couldn’t be more excited.

Waiting on Wednesday!

-KK

last of CO

31 Jan

The rest of our trip was spent just hanging out at Mary’s sister’s house watching DOWNTON ABBEY (so good) and exploring the town of Boulder. The little out door area (Peal Street Mall I believe it was) was adorable! We went to dinner at a Mediterranean Restaurant for dinner and split tons of different tapas before I stalked out a used bookstore, Boulder Bookstore, and we spent forever in there looking at everything they had to offer.

Before our flight we went on one last walk to enjoy the views that we would be missing back in Virginia.

Nothing like being home again though

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

-kk

CO

9 Jan

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.

More Colorado :)

7 Jan

so saturday night we were entertained by the children’s “talent show” which involved them standing on the fireplace under the lights and singing to us before bed 🙂

Day 2!

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We are skiing at Breckenridge resort and to get up to the slopes you have a gondola ride up the mountain. It is so cute and fun! Mary claimed feeling a little sick but hey I was fine and excited to take in all the views

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So lets just say an olympic career in snowboarding, or any other snow sport in that matter, is probably not going to be in my future. Im not TERRIBLE going down the slopes (90% horizontal) but definitely getting off the STUPID ski lift and stoping at the bottom are not my thing. what so ever.

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the dreaded ski lifts…

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My Roommate Mary and I 🙂

So after 5 (the slopes were extremely long too) i was done. too much whiplash landing on my butt at the bottom. Luckily I never had to realize the truth behind this sign….

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Mary and I rested for a bit before heading out to the ADORABLE town of Breckenridge to wander about and explore. Apparently it is actually college weekend or something out here only these wo losers were ready for showers and bed at 9:00… whoops.

Day 3.

So waking up today… I literally feel like death. even the half a bottle of Advil the night before didn’t save me. my neck doesn’t most and the right side of me feels like I got hit by a bus. Meaning, I am back in the adorable town wandering about and enjoying the views while mary (who skied not snowboarded) is back up on the slopes. But thats ok I am having lots of fun by myself 🙂

Today we are heading back to Boulder and we are going to attempt to get back on the slopes at a different location tomorrow 🙂

BUT if you are ever here you definitely need to check out this small town, Breckenridge.

Hope you are having a good day!!

Traveling once again, COLORADO

6 Jan

Back to adventures with my roommate Mary! So Mary and I regrettably probably did not get enough sleep last night due to our excitement to travel (really hers.. i was excited but easily could have gone to bed) anyways we woke up nice and early and went to the airport only to be stressed out by the baggage check lady who was barking at everyone for being late when the reality of the situation was she just stunk… even the guys taking our checked luggage where rolling their eyes and making fun of her. We sprinted, thinking we were going to be late for our flight and sat on the plane for a good half an hour… thanks lady.

The flight went smoothly, if not a little cramped (smallish plane and every seat taken) and we were lucky to sit by, a very nice, but super chatty woman who Mary and I were afraid would talk our ears off the entire flight.

Once in Denver and the lane landed the scenery was awesome. On one side of the plane you could see the rockies and on the other completely flat for miles. The rush began again to locate our luggage and check into our shuttle taking us to the condo location.

View from the shuttle!

View from the shuttle!

The condo is SUPER adorable and has a view of the mountains. We went for a little walk with the dog and got to step on REAL SNOW. I was a little too excited about that. But we went to get Mary’s skis and are in for the evening I’m sure tomorrow will come too soon.

love, k

REAL SNOW

REAL SNOW

 

our cute little condos

our cute little condos

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our view during our walk

our view during our walk

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hello america

10 Jun

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!