Paris! part three: free travel!!
Free travel with Kaitlyn! We originally were heading back to Italy for our last free travel, but after falling in love with Paris, we decided to stay in the city for the rest of our trip. We even stayed in the same hotel! We took the week to relax, explore the city, sit in front of the Eiffel Tower, and most importantly, shop ;) The first couple of days we walked around and found some very cool vintage stores and shops. That night, we went to a wine and champagne tasting where we not only got to taste the wines, but learn about where each one came from, how it was made, and how to use your 5 senses when drinking wine! It was very cool! Sunday we tried to go to the Louvre one more time, since all the museums are open to the public on the first Sunday of every month, but the line to get in was a two and a half hour wait! Needless to say, we turned around and found a Starbucks to sit in and reflect back on our trip. Monday we decided we wanted to sit in front of the Eiffel Tower one last time and eat a French crepe, but when we reached our normal spot, we were suprised to find at least 1500 people gathered! apparently there was a concert going on. Now, if you haven’t heard the song “Gangnam Style”, I suggest you look it up on YouTube, it is absolutely ridiculous. Well, that is the song that was playing in front of the Eiffel Tower!! Everybody was dancing along (myself included) and it was like one big party! It was hard to believe that this was happening in front of us, Kaitlyn and I couldn’t stop laughing! We even caught part of it on tape. When we were on our way back to the hotel, we got caught in a hail storm about 20 minutes later……come on, really!? So we had to hide for cover until the storm lightened up, and then looked like wet dogs for the rest of the day. Minus the day of chaos, we mainly used our free travel as a week of relaxation and rest, and as sad as it is, we went to bed early more often than we experienced the Paris nightlife. But finally Tuesday morning came and we made our way to the airport for our last night in Europe. As bittersweet as it is, I definitely think I’m more than ready to be home. I miss my family and friends. I miss having an entire closet instead of a suitcase. I miss not eating out for every meal. I miss being able to do normal laundry. and I miss my bed. And the minute I get the chance, I am going to throw American money in the air out of happiness since I no longer have to use euros/zlotys/kroners/coruns and WHATEVER ELSE CURRENCY that is used in Europe!! So needless to say, this flight tomorrow cannot come soon enough. Now don’t get me wrong, I will probably cry my eyes out at the airport when I have to leave the 17 amazing people that I just spent two months with, but all good things must come to an end. These past two months have been completely surreal and I don’t know that I can ever repay my parents for giving me the chance to have this experience. I do think this experience has forced me to change and grow into a better person, and it’s something that I’m never going to forget. It really has been the experience of a lifetime.