...European travel...

In the summer before my sophomore year at UF, I went to Europe for the frist time. My friend, Hal, was studying in Spain for the summer, and I met him at the end of his studies. We traveled around Spain and into France for two weeks. In Madrid, we went to the Prado and the Reina Sofia, Alcazar Palace Hal and me at the Arch of Triumph in Toledo, Royal Palace and saw a Flamenco dance.

We then flew to Paris for three days where we visited Notre Dame, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arch of Triumph and the Bastille Area. Paris was a wonderful place to visit, but I hate to admit some stereotypes are true -- they stink and they are rude. Here are Hal and me standing in front of the Arch of Triumph.

We flew back into Spain for the last few days of our trip. I stuck my feet in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time, and it is cold even in the summer. Hal and me in Barcelona We hung out at the Olympic Park one afternoon and played frisbie. It is a pretty place. We also visited the Gaudi Church, which has yet to be completed. We spent a lot of our time in Europe just walking and seeing the cities and the people. We tried not to be too touristy while still seeing all the things you have to see. Thanks to Hal's fluency in Spanish and his sense of motivation, we were able to see so much. I wouldn't have thought of walking around cities for entire days if I didn't feel the moral obligation to prove that girls aren't sissies, and we can endure as much as any man. Here are Hal and me at an ancient Spanish prison with an incredible view.

Christopher and me in Conamara Over spring break this year, I went to Ireland with Christopher. We spent the week touring South Ireland with one crazy Irish tour guide. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There are beautiful beaches, mountains, rolling plains and ancient castles. We started in Dublin, went across to Galway Bay, down through Dingle, the Ring of Kerry, over to Cork, Waterford and circled back up to Dublin. We stayed in hostels and went to pubs every night where my best buddy Christopher drank a lot of Guinness. We saw some authentic Irish bands play amazing music.

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