On January 21st I hopped on a plane on to begin my European adventures. It’s something that I always dreamed of doing, but never in a million years thought I would actually do. Alas, I started the journey that would lead me to a path of wanting to pursue a very expensive hobby.
Before going to Utrecht, Netherlands, the city I am currently living in for the next couple of months, I went on a 6-city excursion to the most popular cities in Europe, all of which offered distinctly different landscapes, food and culture.
Our first stop was Amsterdam. Among the mystic canals and the flood of bicycles that populated the city, it generated a low-key and casual atmosphere. There was something about this understated city that made it interesting to visit – perhaps it was the aroma of poffertjes (small Dutch pancakes) that kept me under a spell…
Second stop: Venice, the floating city. I spent my birthday in this beautiful place – and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else! It really is like another world. It was crazy to see the canals and waterways that connected the city. We also took a gondola ride tour in which we experienced the inner corners of the city, and it is here where I learned that the first floors of the apartments are never vacant because they are all flooded!
Next was the city of lights in Paris! The fresh smell of crepes at a café right in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the sun peaking through the trees at the Luxembourg garden, and the sparkle of the Eiffel Tower at night were sights that rightly justified Paris as being one of the world’s most beautiful cities…
Fourth destination: When in Rome… how often can you say that when you are actually in Rome! Here we visited one of the wonder’s of the world — the Colosseum! We also went to the Vatican (a republic of its own) and beyond its gates housed the most elaborate churches and museums.
Lastly we went to London and Westminster. Fully equipped with the double-decker buses, the Buckingham palace and the Big Ben, it was refreshing to go back to a country where English was their native language!
Although traveling may sometimes be exhausting, especially going to this many cities in 8 days, it was worthwhile. And, thanks to this trip, I have officially caught the travel bug. So bring it on world, because this is just the beginning!