Unpacking Europe

Last fall my roommate, Adrienne, and I decided {on a bit of a whim} to go to Europe for New Years. It’s been seven months since that adventure. Seven months! It’s crazy how quickly time flies. Finally I’ve sat down and devoted time to combing through my photos and re-reading my journal entries. I think a travel recap is long overdue. There are so many fun times I want to share, precious memories, adventures and lessons learned. Rather than throw them at you all at once, I’ve decided to break it down. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my favorite stories, photos and takeaways.

Everyone who knows me knows how I feel about London. In 2011 I spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Westminster and fell madly in love with the city. Those four months were an intense time of learning, but the lessons I still carry with me weren’t taught in the classroom. London is the birthplace of my passion for travel. That city taught me how wonderful it feels to sink into new and unfamiliar experiences. My time abroad is why I’m sitting in a Chicago coffeeshop writing these very words. I learned that I am bold and brave and independent. I knew in my head that God gave me a spirit of power, not of fear and timidity {2 Timothy 1:7}, but the months spent traveling in Europe allowed me to see it for myself. If I’d given into fear I never would’ve even gotten on the plane to go to London, and I can’t imagine how different my life would be.

So, needless to say, London was the first choice when deciding where to visit on our January adventure. But, if we were buying international tickets, we should use them to their fullest, right? Adrienne had been wanting to see a friend who lived in Germany and I’d been dying to visit someone in Spain. So we decided to just do it. Let’s go! Tickets were bought, loose plans were made {we both are big fans of wish lists for each city, not itineraries}, and bags were packed.

Now I look forward to unpacking all the highlights of the trip with you. I hope you enjoy the journey!

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