London Day 1!

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(This picture is from before take off in Vancouver)

Well we made it to London.  We landed at around 11:30am London time. The first thing that I noticed was the different names things had, elevators became lifts and bathrooms or restrooms became toilets, and the voice instructing you in the airport had a British accent. It sorta felt like I forgot that so many people had British accents. It was almost comedic how I reacted.

Why didn’t anyone tell us how muggy it is here. It was muggy in the airport and our hotel is muggy too! We are on the top floor but it is really hot in here.

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To get to our hotel we took the underground. We’re staying somewhere closeish to the airport however the underground doesn’t go there so we went into town then back to our hotel which was kind of a pain but we got to start to see how the underground works and got to see a lot of interesting people. A school group got on the first train. They were maybe 14 or so. I believe that they were a school group from Spain and all I could think about is how similar the kids that I know around that age were. They were loud and talking over one another. Friends sit with friends. They dressed just like I did in middle school. It was a really good first taste of Europe.

Once we finally got to our hotel it was 3pm in London, that means 7am in Seattle. We’d been in town for 4 hours after being on a plane for 9. We did what everyone said not to do. We slept. for about 3 hours. I know it’s not supposed to be good for jet lag or whatever but we needed it. Now it’s a little past 8 and we’re going to go get dinner soon!

If you’ve been to London what should we not miss?

Maddy

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In Vancouver!!!

Well Suzanne and I have made it safely to the Vancouver airport! We’ve got about 3.5 hours until we fly out.

Suzanne is glad that we are finally on our way and I have to say that I agree. The planning has been fun and now even though I HATE flying and I’m super nervous I’m ready to start this thing. I can’t even begin to imagine the things I’m going to learn and the people I’m going to meet. I’m more excited (right now, this changes by the minute) than nervous about this entire thing.

We will be landing in London at 11:30am which is about 3:30am Seattle time. I might end up posting more in these four hours but if not I’ll be posting tomorrow!

See you in 2 months!
Maddy

Tomorrow is the day

I think it’s a well known thing that I’m a procrastinator. I put things off. I avoid things. My goal with this trip was to not do that in regards to packing. I packed a week ago as a form of procrastination from my graduation requirements. However. I then decided that the best idea was to attempt to live out of my suitcase. So. Now everything is dirty and unorganized so I have to repack, and do everything else that I’ve been putting off  all week. So seeing as it’s already 9:15pm and I am leaving for the airport in 12 hours this is all I’m going to post tonight. But coming on Saturday at some weird time due to time differences or maybe tomorrow from the airport will be another update!!!

Well I’m nervous and excited. See you all in two months!!!

Maddy

48 hours

There is almost exactly 48 hours until my plane will be taking off from Vancouver to head towards London. This means that in less than two days I’m starting the 62 day trip that I’ve been looking forward and counting down to for the last 4 months.

Today I thought I’d answer a few questions that people ask me in almost every conversation about my trip.

  • Where are you going?
    • I am going to England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece
  • How long will you be gone?
    • 62 days or almost 9 weeks.
  • Who are you going with?
    • For the first 16 days my Mom Suzanne is going to be with me. The last 6 and a half weeks I’ll be alone.
  • Wait?! Alone?! How are your parents okay with that?!
    • First My parents trust me to make good decisions. And I’m 19 years old. Most people my age go to college some on the other side of the country for 8 months out of the year.
  • Have you ever been to Europe?
    • Nope. Never.
  • Have you ever traveled alone?
    • Nope. Never.
  • What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
    • 2 weeks. I’ve gone to a lot of summer camps but I’ve never really been homesick.
  • What have you been doing to prepare for the trip?
    • I attended a lot of classes at the Rick Steve’s Europe store in Edmonds Washington over the last few months. I’ve also watched a LOT of youtube and travel videos as well as just talking to everyone and anyone who will listen or will have insight. And a lot of travel guides.

What other questions might you have about my trip? Thank you to everyone who’s been checking this out!!!

Maddy

I did it!

today I officially graduated from high school. It only took 5 years and more than a few all nighters. Graduating is a huge deal and now the feelings are rushing in about what is to come. It was one of the things that I have been worrying about over the last few months. So I guess now there’s only one thing to think about. 

I think the interesting thing about the anticipation of this trip is the way my excitement changes. Don’t get me wrong. I am excited. But this is the first time I’m really going to be on my own. After these first two weeks I’m going to be alone. At this point in my life the longest I’ve been away from home at one time is two weeks and even then I knew some people or at least the place I was going to be. This is the first real step at me becoming an adult and that is pretty scary. 

One minute I’m all excitement and can’t contain it. Believe me. It’s all I’ve been talking about and counting down to. The next I’m freaking out and just nervous  because this is a big thing.

I’ll write more tomorrow. Now I’m going to go to bed for the first time as a high school graduate. 

Maddy

A Welcome and A Plan

First welcome to my blog. This site is going to be used to update everyone back home while I’m on my trip through Europe.

This summer I’m spending 2 months from June 12th, this Friday, through Wednesday August 12th backpacking through Europe. My amazing mother Suzanne is coming with me for two weeks. In that time we’re going to London, Paris and Mont Saint Michel. After she leaves on June 28th I’ll be on my own making my way around by train, air, and boat. I’m planning on going to 5 countries in that time and my real goal is to get to know the cultures and people. To learn about something other than the culture that I grew up in.

My goal over these two months are to post on this blog AT LEAST two times a week. I’m going to be posting pictures, asking questions, writing about my experiences. On this blog I’d like to hear from you comments, suggestions of places to go, and questions that you have. I’ll do my best to reply to every comment and keep in touch while I’m there.

I hope you enjoy what I post. I’m excited to share it with you!

Maddy