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March madness

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on March 19, 2015

It’s now the greatest month for college basketball. Unfortunately, I will not be making a bracket this year. I know, I know, terrible basketball fan. However, I’m about to backpack through Europe with virtually no Wi-Fi. Checking and keeping up with my bracket would just be too difficult. But when looking at the big picture, I think I would rather be going on this adventure than keeping up with March basketball. Not many people get an opportunity to see this much of Europe, so I feel very thankful and lucky.

My trip will consist of:

Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Copenhagen, London and Paris. I will be with exchange friends that I have made from Prague to Florence. When I am with them it will be true backpacking fashion where we will be staying in hostels and taking night buses. We’re going to try and go skiing or snowboarding while in Salzburg, and go on a nine hour wine tour in Italy.

Next I’m traveling by myself to Copenhagen where I will meet an old friend. She was a foreign exchange student in high school and we were very close. Over the years we have stayed in contact, but we haven’t seen each other. Needless to say, I am very excited to see her and reconnect! I’ll be staying with her for a few days and she will get to show me around her country like I did for her.

Finally, I will finish off my journey spending time with some family who are coming to visit me. We’re going to visit London and Paris. It will be really nice to see all of my family, because I am used to seeing them quite often. There will be six of us total and we’ll be traveling for a week hitting all of the main tourist attractions.

The past few weeks I have not done much in Manchester because I have been saving my money for this trip. I have spent time with friends here and really explored the city on a budget. I have found some great restaurants and pubs for college students that truly are hidden gems. Every Monday my friends and I have “gourmet Monday” and we cook a great meal from scratch in our flat. This week we made Mexican food because you really can’t find Mexican food here and we miss it. We made chicken burritos with seven-layer been dip and guacamole. It was fantastic.

All in all, Manchester has more and more places to see and love the longer that I’m here. I can’t wait to explore and travel for these last 10 weeks.

A traditional meat pie from a place in Manchester called Pies and Ales.

A traditional meat pie from a place in Manchester called Pies and Ales.

The dragon parade during Chinese New Year here in Manchester.

The dragon parade during Chinese New Year here in Manchester.

A defense wall made by the Romans during battle in York, England.

A defense wall made by the Romans during battle in York, England.

Standing in front of one of the U.K.’s largest cathedrals in York, England.

Standing in front of one of the U.K.’s largest cathedrals in York, England.

One of our favorite places to get fast food in Manchester. It’s called Kebab King. This is chips and cheese with garlic mayo. Fantastically unhealthy.

One of our favorite places to get fast food in Manchester. It’s called Kebab King. This is chips and cheese with garlic mayo. Fantastically unhealthy.

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