Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ben in Greece!

I can't think of a better way to spend my last week in Greece than with Ben.  Last Wednesday he arrived and explored Athens a little bit. We saw the temple of Zeus, Neo Faliro Marina, and Lycabittes Hill together. Since Ben had been here before we decided not to do too much "touristy stuff" (especially since I'm all temple-ed out anyway.) But we did manage to get a couple sites in...  
At the Temple of Zeus

Lycabittes Hill

Souvlakis in Syntagma

This past weekend we spent traveling to Florence and Pisa! It was a great trip and we saw a TON, and had some great food (unlike when I went to Rome!)... not to mention it was awesome to have Florence be totally decked out for Christmas! (Athens just started turning the Christmas lights on on Monday!)

I don't have many pictures on my camera because we quickly realized that Ben's was much more reliable... I'll get the rest from him when I follow him home in a couple of days!

I still can't get over Ben having made the trip to come see me. It was great to get to show him what I've experienced here, to be able to spend time with him, and to travel with him. Now I can't wait to go home and spend Christmas and New Years together with him, and our families!

I admit it... I'm packed and I'm not buying any more groceries... three exams tomorrow...brunch and one last dinner with the BCA kids on Friday and then catching flights home late, late Friday night (okay, 3am Saturday morning.)

See you all soon! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Passport to Paris

Okay... blogging has to get serious now. PARIS.

Paris was great, although, I admit that I liked London more. The weather was pretty yucky in Paris (40s and rainy) and I think as a group we were all really tired.

We didn't really like 3ducks (the hostel) all that much. It was pretty rough around the edges, and we actually had to walk outside to go to the bathroom (so there was NO getting up in the middle of the night, that's for sure!) Unfortunately, the group of us only took up 7 of the 8 beds in our room and our random roommate (who had been living in the room for three weeks already!) smelled pretty awful. We also had to rent linens, and although breakfast was free it was just white hard rolls and jelly.

 BUT 3ducks, to it's credit, was in a pretty great location. With only about a 15 minute walk straight up the street we were at the base of the Eiffel Tower, so our first night in Paris we were able to see it light up and sparkle at night!

I was pretty disappointed in my camera. It's blurriness is getting worse and worse... at this point i'm tossing more than half of the pictures I take because they're too blurry to even keep. Bummer.

Anyway! The next morning we woke up and headed back to the Eiffel Tower to take the elevators to the top! How cool! It was awesome to be able to see everything from above, and to be able to point out the Louvre, L'arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame from above.

The view of the Louvre from the top. See the pyramid? That's how I spotted it.

To prove I was really up there.

  The rest of the day included a free tour (which we skipped out of at the Louvre to escape the rain that started to really come down)  and free entrance to the Louvre (the first Sunday of every month!) a not so free crepe, and a not so free dinner out (but delicious and probably the warmest since arriving in Paris.)

The Notre Dame behind me!

Waiting in line for the Louvre.

Mona Lisa- Got seriously jostled while trying to take this picture. People were literally shoving one another to take pictures of this painting.

Me and my post-Louvre crepe. Butter and sugar!

The Arc.

Then it was off to the airport hotel where we spent a good six hours, and enjoyed long hot showers (quite a commodity this semester!) before hopping on the plane early Monday morning!

The weekend was exhausting, packed full, and probably a little too short on time... but I'm definitely glad we did it! I got a taste of two more famous cities!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mail! Shoutout to Grandma!

Thanks, Grandma, for your letter!

What fun to get your comments to my blog in the mail! Getting letters here is a rare and sweet occasion so thank you, thank you, thank you!

See you in just about 10 days!

Love, Kelsey