Study abroad

Wait, You can drink outside?

Today I decided to go to the Palace of Versailles and it might have been the best decision I have made this whole trip.

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Going into today, I had not made any friends. I was alone, in a new country, hoping someone social would come up to me and sweep me off my feet wanting to hang out. Turns out, it is very hit or miss at hostels whether or not you make friends. I did not know this. I have always been told, the second you start traveling you will meet so many people at all the hostels and will make so many lifelong friends. I was getting sad because while I was having a fabulous time, I was still alone.

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Before getting on the shuttle to the palace, a young man walked up to me and asked if I was going. He immediately started talking, and I learned he was from a country called Columbia. We talked for a bit before getting on the bus where he saw someone, he met the day prior, who was also from his homeland. Assuming that was the end of it, I stopped talking and let him have his hello’s with her. But the next thing I knew, we are all talking and I was planning my whole trip around being with them. We made plans to eat food they brought and explore the gardens. And so we did! 4 hours later, we had explored and drank ourselves into a little wine buzz. While laughing and taking pictures the whole time.

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We went into the castle at that point and of course it was magnificent. I would expect no less at this point. But, the best part was I had new friends to explore it with. We ended up going back to the hostel and spending a few hours with a couple of bottles of wine before we finally said goodnight.

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Now we have plans to meet up tomorrow, and I am so glad I decided to go on the bus at that time. Traveling is amazing, but making new friends is even better.

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All I can say is things don’t always look how people say they will or how you hope they would. But part of backpacking is staying caught up in the moment and seeing where it takes you. Snapchat-1822528027.jpg

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Let’s Do That Tourist Thing

I decided that today I was going to focus on seeing the museums. I made my itinerary and called my uber to take me to the Louvre and Musee d’orsay. I hopped in the car and took off expecting mediocre lines or tourists and messy Parisian streets that I have come accustomed to.
Arriving at the Louvre first, I was dropped off next to giant walls, in the middle of what looked like nowhere. Not knowing where to go, I followed the crowd and ended up walking through a tiny arch in the wall before coming out on the glass pyramids. The sight was breathtaking.

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Inside the museum the pieces were all breathtaking, but I was mostly taken by the ceilings and the statues. I was surprised by the number of pieces and how many tourists were surrounding the Mona Lisa. The number of pieces was incredible, and I know there is no way that I could have seen it all and truly appreciated it in one day.

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Leaving there, I headed across the water to the Musee d’orsay. On the way there I got to head across the bridge known for the locks of love.
This museum was not as large or in depth as the louvre but was spectacular in its own right. Here I saw Van Gogh and Monet, two incredible artists. I found my favorite painting and fell in love with Renoir.

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At the end of the day, I walked the Champs Elysee and got another uber home. I cannot recommend enough spending a day this way. I took in the art and culture of France and could not have loved it more.

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