Como, Italy

The train station in Como sat on top of a hill overlooking the town (featuring a stunning sunset), which was good because there was absolutely nothing to see inside the station. It was the smallest station we had been in; there was one cafe, no wifi, and we didn’t see a place to check bags.…

Zurich, Switzerland

Sister and I only had one day in Zurich, but we had booked a trolley tour of the city the day before and had looked up some things to do. At the train station, we had some trouble finding the lockers and getting them to work, but eventually we managed and took the giant key…

Cologne, Germany

We headed off in the morning with no problems. Sister and I arrived around 11 with no plans; I barely knew anything about the city. We were headed to Zurich next on an overnight train, so we were only spending the day in this beautiful German city. After we stored our backpacks in the lockers…

Paris, France

DAY 1 To get from London to Paris on the Eurostar train, security was similar to that on airplanes, except we got on rather quickly. In England, we mainly went through tunnels and caught random glimpses of the English countryside. I didn’t even know the tunnel we had been in was the Chunnel until we…

London, England

Sister and I woke up early, packed up, and headed downstairs, where much of our group was already waiting. We loaded onto the bus and began the drive to the airport. On the way, I was struck by the immense beauty of the countryside. This wasn’t a commercialized tourist destination; it hadn’t been overhyped or…

The First Leg

When Sister and I took off from the Dallas Love Field airport (a minute early), the flight attendant warned us that we would probably be experiencing a bumpy flight due to the wind. She was right! The seat belt light stayed on for most of the flight, but it smoothed out in the middle. We…

The Background

The summer after my junior year of high school, my older sister and I were invited on the adventure of a lifetime. When my mother was in high school, her family had hosted an exchange student from Spain named Dunia. Flash forward twenty years, and Dunia is all grown up with three daughters under the…

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