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Paris, France

A Love Story

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If you don't know what this is...

If you don't know what this is...

Once upon a time there were three young, American girls who traveled to a town called Paris, France, you may have heard of it. The girls were so excited about this trip because for their whole lives they had heard of this magical city. Upon first step off the train the smiles grew on their faces and they knew where their first stop would be. THE EIFFEL TOWER, one of the most famous sights in the entire world. Their timing was perfect, not unlike the rest of their trip. They climbed up until they could see all of Paris. By the time they got back down it was night and razzle dazzle time.
Eiffel 2

Eiffel 2


The tower sparkled like it was wearing a dress of sequins and the paparazzi were snappin all over the place.

The next day they met a young wizard who offered to give them a free tour of the city. Afterwards the wizard showed them a secret passageway into a place called Montmarte, a tiny village of Parisian artists. They walked and walked and walked and when they finally arrived... what a sight they beheld.

View from Montmarte

View from Montmarte

Montmartre Cathederal

Montmartre Cathederal

After dining they started to walk back to their cottage (called hostels in that area) and saw two other people who had been on the tour, a Brazilian named Fernando, and an Argentenian named Gonzalo. The five young travellers became the best of friends. They had such a fun time together they embarked on a local Parisian tradition: a Pub Crawl.

The rest of their days included tiny restaurants, wine, karaoke, meeting two giant ogres that snored so loudly near their cottage that it kept them up most of the night, visiting a Grand Palace in Versailles,

Versaille view

Versaille view

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

and seeing some of the most famous art in all the world.

Pyramid at the Louvre

Pyramid at the Louvre

But the girls eventually had to part ways with their South American friends and their beloved French city. They vowed to return one day to this place and in the meantime they would keep a little piece of the magical city with them everywhere they went. Au revoir Paris!

Tower Eiffel from a distance

Tower Eiffel from a distance

Posted by meganselby 11:46 Archived in France Comments (3)

Belgium

Where they speak Flemish (and at least 3 other languages) in case you didn't know

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We were worried about Belgium when we arrived in Brugge at our hostel and it looked a lot more like an insane assylum than anything else and then when we walked into town and saw 5 other people on the streets. But the next day when we explored by daylight and rode up and down the canals our hearts melted. Brugge is GORGEOUS! Go there!

Erin at Mundo

Erin at Mundo


Jim Halpert at Mundo

Jim Halpert at Mundo


Erin Kat hiding from Megan at Mundo

Erin Kat hiding from Megan at Mundo


Canal 3 Brugge

Canal 3 Brugge


Houses 2 Brugge

Houses 2 Brugge

Our second day we rented bikes and biked across national borders. That's right we biked from Belgium into the Netherlands, a completely different country. Along the way we saw some incredible sights including, but not limited to:
- SurvivalRun, a 10km obstacle course/run. We like how the Belgians roll.
- the small towns of Damme, Sluis, Retrechement, and Cadzand-Bad, where we will have our summer homes when we live in the Dam. Thank you to Tony for the suggestions.
- finally seeing the North Sea after a long ride out
- cows having sex in an open field
- the stars out in the country as we biked home in the pitch black of night (why must the sun set so early)
The North Sea!!!

The North Sea!!!


Megan North Sea 2

Megan North Sea 2


Megan North Sea

Megan North Sea

We love you Belgium. We will be back soon. Muah!

Posted by meganselby 14:50 Archived in Belgium Comments (1)

Amsterdam cont...

Megan Erin Amsterdam

Megan Erin Amsterdam

did you about amsterdams hiphop scene? Neither did we until we went to Live on the Low. Never thought I would hear people rhyme in Dutch. Pretty great tho. Kat met some Brits soon after our last post and partied til the sun came up. She is going to move to Manchester and live with tom and his parents.

Highlights of the Dam: Van Gogh Museum,

Megan Van Gogh Museum

Megan Van Gogh Museum

bicycling round the most bike friendly place in the world, Indonesian restaurant and the hilarity that ensued there, baked goods/milkshakes at the dampkring,

Erin Megan Chocolate Milkshake

Erin Megan Chocolate Milkshake

Erin and George Clooney

Erin and George Clooney

Kat Erin AMSTERDAM

Kat Erin AMSTERDAM

Erin and Kat Amsterdam

Erin and Kat Amsterdam

Erin Megan Swing in Amsterdam

Erin Megan Swing in Amsterdam

Erin Megan Kat bikes Amsterdam

Erin Megan Kat bikes Amsterdam

ponytails, the cheese shop (where Kat plans to apprentice when she moves to the Dam).

Also, we saw the TALLEST man to ever live. If you ever saw an insanely tall person and thought "that has GOT to be the tallest person ever. There is NO way anyone taller has ever lived" then you probably saw this dude. Megan had to get a better look so she walked behind him for a block and got a measurement. His waist came up to my clavicles, or just under them. Wow.

We have all said that we could easily live there. We have many jobs in mind. Please let us know if you have any connections or great employment ideas for us.

canal amsterdam 3

canal amsterdam 3

Posted by meganselby 14:33 Archived in Netherlands Comments (1)

The Wolf Pack Grows By One

A Story of 3 Girls with 4 nights in Amsterdam

note: this is being typed on some weird computer where letters and numbers are in different places and some are gone altogether: excuse the odd punctuation and other oddly typed things

Have you ever hung out with two other people whose dads names were the same as your own father? well that is what we are doing: Kat Eustler has joined us for the next three weeks of this adventure and her fathers name is the same as Erins dads name and Megans dads name: Tim: How weird is that?

Kat met us at our crazy hostel in Amsterdam: We were all stunned by the hordes of bicycles all over the street, and apparently there is a whole layer of them on the bottom of the Amstel River: We were very thirsty so we went to a coffeeshop for some coca colas 9see photo0
Erin Kat Megan Coca Colas

Erin Kat Megan Coca Colas

Our first full day we spent on a walking tour, ate lots of food, and we were tricked by some guy who was so hot Kat had to describe like this:

You know those lifetime movies where women get pregnant on purpose? Now I understand why they would do that
Megan Drink Sparkler Amsterdam

Megan Drink Sparkler Amsterdam


Raspberry Mojitos with Sparklers in Amsterdam

Raspberry Mojitos with Sparklers in Amsterdam


So that guy tricked us into buying 11 euro drinks: Fools:::

More on Amsterdam soon:

Posted by meganselby 11:22 Archived in Netherlands Comments (2)

Slovakia

An unplanned adventure including WILD BOAR!!!

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So after visiting city after city after city, we decided we needed some country...and Slovakia was that country. We heard about snowboarding/skiing in the Tatra Mountains and said, "yes, ok, of course." Before we knew it we were in a van driving from Krakow to Zdiar, Slovakia with our good friends of 5 days Kelly and Sherwin and our new friend Sean. We arrived in the dark so we couldn't see much, but in the morning...bam! The Tatras Mountains without enough snow on which to board.
the Tatras Mountains

the Tatras Mountains

Tatras mountains 5

Tatras mountains 5

The meter of snow that had fallen a week before was now melting rapidly...so no snowboarding, but lots of hiking recommendations.

Due to bus schedules in the middle of nowhere, we got a late start but ended up doing a short 5 hour hike through the mountains on our first day. We experienced all 4 seasons and every type of terrain. We missed our bus home by minutes and on a Sunday during the offseason this was a serious predicament. We did what one does in Slovakia when one misses the bus-we hitch-hiked. We split into 2 groups, Team 1: Megan and Sherwin and Team 2: Erin, Kelly and Shane. Team 1 was quickly picked up by 2 Germans and whisked away to the Ginger Monkey Hostel. Team 2 had some trouble-they walked another 6 kilometers ( in addition to the 10 kilometers we had already hiked) to the next bus stop and were picked up by the bus. Erin, having hiked another 6 kilometers passed out quickly upon her return to the hostel, while Megan, the show off, drew a map of the United States from memory when dared by a group of Europeans and Australians. She remains quite proud of this achievement.
Erin Tatras

Erin Tatras

Erin Megan Sherwin Shane Tatras

Erin Megan Sherwin Shane Tatras

Tatras Mountain

Tatras Mountain

Tatras Mountain 11

Tatras Mountain 11

Megan hitch-hiking

Megan hitch-hiking


Megan in a car with Sherwin and some Germans
Erin Kelly Shane hitch-hiking

Erin Kelly Shane hitch-hiking


Erin, Kelly, and Shane trying to get picked up

Kelly Megan Tatras Mountains

Kelly Megan Tatras Mountains

Slovakian Lake in the Tatras

Slovakian Lake in the Tatras

Kelly Megan Erin lost in the Tatras

Kelly Megan Erin lost in the Tatras

Going into the Tatras

Going into the Tatras

Day 2: Another really long hike with a long commute to the trails. What we thought was going to be a nice leisurely "moderate 4 hour hike" was actually a gorgeous strenuous 6 hour hike full of steep inclines and descents, ladders, scaling rock faces, water falls, AND perhaps the most incredible of all...WILD BOAR. Yes, we saw 2-4 wild boar stampede across the path in front of us. If you have ever seen the movie Willow, (Luke, Timothy) you would understand our fear. Megan donned a wooden spear aka stick to fight off any boar attacks. By the end we were quite fatigued. But after a completely successful hitch-hike of all 5 members of our posse, we were again in good spirits. Though we had to wait for our train a good hour, we stayed positive knowing we would soon enjoy our Mikolaus that we had purchased before hand to savor at the end of our journey. And how sweet he was.
Mikolaus 3

Mikolaus 3

Erin Megan Kelly on cliff close up

Erin Megan Kelly on cliff close up

Kelly climbing down rocks

Kelly climbing down rocks

Ladder on hike

Ladder on hike


Bridge on hike 2

Bridge on hike 2

Climbing ladder on hike

Climbing ladder on hike

Megan Mountains

Megan Mountains

Erin Mountains

Erin Mountains

Lunch on Tatras

Lunch on Tatras

Slovakia was a quick trip but we have many memories of our times there. Each of us would like to dedicate a song to our fellow travelers, Kelly and Sherwin. Megan would like to send out Aaliyah's "I Miss You." Erin would like to send out Kelly Clarkson's, "Since You've Been Gone." Hugs buddies!!!
Kelly Sherwin Tatras

Kelly Sherwin Tatras

Posted by meganselby 15:23 Archived in Slovakia Comments (0)

Krakow was krackin!

Photo collage of friends in Krakow

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The stories will come soon. For now, here is a "photo album" of our last few nights in Krakow.

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We love Mamas in Krakow

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Sherwin, one of our first friends in Krakow. Here he is on top of Kosc. Mound overlooking Krakow.

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Kelly and Megan. Kelly is another early friend in Krakow. She is a badass. She ate half a zapikanka that was sitting on a table in the middle of one of our bar crawls.

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Libby, Justin, Megan, Sherwin, and Stuey at ... Frantic? This was a long night with our New Zealand and Irish friends. Sweet as...

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Lots of people dancing on the table at the hostel. This was pregaming pretty much every night.

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Hangin out at Mama's

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Sherwin, Erin, Nathan, Megan, Heather, Kelly at 40 beers.

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Megan found a beer she liked!!!! Honey beer!

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Megan, Nathan, Kelly, Heather, Erin at the club.

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Sherwin, Megan Kelly, Erin hiking up the mound!

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Ramon, Ian, and Stars, classic Stars

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Erin and Kelly dancing. Magic!

We did walk around Krakow and see some stuff. But the highlights were definitely the people we met along the way. Stories to come soon.

Posted by meganselby 13:35 Archived in Poland Comments (2)

Krakow, Poland

are we really in Poland? really?!?!?

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We arrived in Krakow on the 20th and were immediately introduced to a unique, Polish custom. In the US, I believe we call it "cutting in line". Every time we would get in line somewhere people would wedge themselves beside/in front/around us somehow. We have embraced this custom and are now fine.

The hostel we are at is pretty sweet. Lots of socializing happening. We've made friends with 2 fellow American girls (Pennsylvania and Wisconsin!!!), many more Aussies, a canadian, some dudes from the US, a gaggle of Spaniards, and another Brazilian. In fact, another Gustavo who is Brazilian! We call him Gustavo el segundo! We've played lots of games with our friends: cards, drinking games, assassin, fun times. Last night our hostel crew went out to the clubs and there was lots of fun dancing to Polish music.

Yesterday, we went on the longest free walking tour ever and have lots of semi-interesting facts and urban legends about Krakow. Today we went to Auschwitz. There really aren't words to describe what it is like visiting the site of a mass genocide, so we won't try, but it did bring up a lot of ideas for us regarding teaching, how to teach children about history, tolerance, differences, what is age appropriate, etc.

Posted by meganselby 09:27 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

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