The Southern Charm

Long time, no blog! We've had a busy few weeks in Southern Europe, so I decided to compile the last three countries into one big post! Here's what we did in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. AUSTRIA After nearly 30 hours of jumping from train to train and waiting all night in freezing stations, we finally …

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Belgium’s Treasure

As Brooke and I sat near the famous Mont St. Michel in northwest France, we tried to decide how we were going to continue on our planned journey of southern France. The trains were all full, and the buses were more expensive than we had hoped. Nothing major was drawing us to stay in France; …

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Falling for the Eiffel

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life." -Thomas Jefferson Standing beneath the Eiffel Tower in the midst of a calm, winter night, I could feel my heart pounding. We had trekked for miles along the city's realm; over the waters of the Seine and through winding …

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Bagpipes and Scotch Whisky

Picture the most vibrant hue of grass you can think of and then double it. That's how green the pastures and countryside is in Scotland. It's absolutely breathtaking - we drove through nearly the entire country on a 14 hour bus ride and it was so beautiful that I didn't want to sleep. I couldn't …

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A City of Gold

One of my favorite songs by the band Judah & the Lion is their song called Stockholm. The lyrics mention "walking on the stones" and making it "down to old town with churches and shadows," along with many other references to the city. The song has so much more meaning to me now after visiting …

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The Art of London

I have grown up learning to “expect the unexpected.” That phrase has followed me throughout my entire lifetime, and many instances have proved it to be true. But London, let me tell you, is the epitome of a place where you need to anticipate what you thought you never would. I love this city, I …

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Five Hours of Sunlight

We’ve been in Iceland for nearly a week, one of the longest stops we’ll make during this crazy backpacking trip of ours. Reykjavík has so much to offer — beautiful sights line mountainous views and soft blue skies. We’ve also coasted via bus to different parts of Iceland, places with natural beauty beyond what a …

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