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Paris


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Paris was reallllllly busy. There were so many people there and so many things to see.

We flew into some airport in the middle of nowhere (because that's what cheap airlines like Ryanair do to you). Rim and I semi-sucessfully ordered breakfast at the airport, but neither of us escaped the sniggering of the cashier at our French. We both took three years of it in high school - it took me all four days to be able to order a meal without the waiter or cashier translating something for me (although much pointing was still involved).

First, we met up with Rim's girlfriend, Katie, and her posse (her sister, Jen, and her sister's fiance, Alastair). We spent most of our three days in France with them, as Alastair had a detailed schedule of things to do and Rim and I had, well, nothing. We climbed to the top of Notre Dame for an awesome view of the city and I took a million photos. The gargoyles were odd and sometimes morbid. One of them was like a wolf eating a rabbit. Interesting tidbit: all of the religious bells at Notre Dame are baptized. The one we saw was named Emmanuel.

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Emmanuel the Bell

Emmanuel the Bell

Apres sa, we went to the Eiffel Tower. It cost quite a bit to take the lift up to the top, but it was worth it. We got up there just in time to see the sun set over Paris. So I took about three million photos (until these two guys with professional photo equipment came up on either side of me and intimidated me, squashing my dreams of publishing my lovely photos). When it got dark, the tower lit up and we could see flashes from people's cameras from the ground. They looked kind of like tiny fireworks going off all over the ground. It was very cool.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Me on the Eiffel Tower

Me on the Eiffel Tower

Paris Sunset

Paris Sunset

The next day we saw a bunch of stuff that I don't remember because I forgot to bring my camera with me.

Day three was spent in the Louvre. We were expecting to pay 8 euros to get in, but apparently it's free the first Sunday of every month, so woohoo. I looked at a bunch of paintings, but I thought the sculptures were much cooler, so I spent most of my time in this indoor courtyard filled with statues. I saw the Mona Lisa as well, although it was quite anti-climactic and not nearly as cool as the Venus de Milo.

Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Escalators

Louvre Escalators


Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

That's about it. Overall, the city was pretty, but crowded. Plus, speaking French is hard.

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Dublin


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Sorry it's taken so long to post again. I'm sure no one's religiously reading my blog, anyway, except for Chaquita so that she can check up on Percy. I'm in Amsterdam right now, but I will try to catch up one city at a time, starting with Dublin!

Pros:

- The Guiness Tour: There were five floors of beer-making history to explore! The best part was looking at the old advertisements. The bar was fun because of the 360 view of the city below. I took lots of photos.

Gnu Ad

Gnu Ad

Dublin

Dublin

- The Sound Crosswalks Make: When you press the button, it makes this ping-ping-ping sound like a game of pong. When the thing changes to walk, it sounds more like a game of asteroids.

Cons:

- Getting Lost: Dublin is easy to get lost in. Especially when Rim is leading and relying on his "sense of direction" which I've tried to convince him isn't really a sense.

That's about all that happened in Dublin. We went to Trinity College, but it wasn't very interesting because, well, it's a school.

Next stop: Paris!

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Hi all,

So, I think that I was in London when I last wrote to y'all. Rim spent Sunday in Bath with a friend, so I wandered around London by myself all day. I spent most of the day in a public park, reading and taking photos. I did have a long walk downtown for dinner though. I went to this fast food vegetarian place that was really yummy and not far from my flat (thanks for the recommendation, Michael!). I will be eating there a lot this semester. That night I was just roaming the streets when I ran into Gidget. We hadn't planned on meeting because of logistics, so this was very cool.

Right now I'm in Edinburgh, Scotland. It's very pretty here, but there are too many hills to climb. We went to Edinburgh Castle and climbed up some random mountain for some beautiful views.

View from the Top

View from the Top

The best thing here so far though has been the Whiskey Experience. We went on this cheesy ride in a plastic whiskey barrel to learn about the history and the making of whiskey.

Alright, my time on the computer is up. I will try to reply to emails soon!

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I'm in London


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So, for anyone who's interested, I'm currently in London. I flew in yesterday, then took the bus to Cambridge to meet Rim at school. He had his last exam Friday morning and there was this big formal dinner that night, a four course meal with wine and beer, to celebrate the end of the program. Apparently they have one of these things every week or so. I should've gone to school in Cambridge!

Rim's Dorm

Rim's Dorm

King's College

King's College

This morning we got raspberries at the market for breakfast, which was one of the highlights of my day because they were the best raspberries I've ever tasted (except the ones we had last night in this chocolate raspberry crem dessert thing). Then we took the bus to London. We've been just taking the tube random places all day, but I did get to see the building that I'll be living in this semester. I'll have a nice view of the statues and flags outside the hotel accross the street. We also went to this park and took pictures of swans and ducks and pigeons. I got excited when I saw that they have squirrels here. Then we had Thai food for dinner. The end.

Swan

Swan

This way to Buckingham Palace

This way to Buckingham Palace

Sleeping Duck

Sleeping Duck

Posted by flame1985 16:00 Archived in England Comments (0)

How does this thing work?

Just trying to make sure that I know how to use this before I have to pay a pound a minute to be online - I've already screwed it up once. I'll try my best to keep up with this, but those of you who know me know that I'm bad at this sort of stuff. Well, I'm going to go work on packing or watching television or something...

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