The best 12 consecutive days of my life
Here's a quick summary of each day of EuroTour 2016:
Day 1: I left Caen by train in the morning, met two other students from my district, and arrived at Gare St Lazare. We took the metro to Gare de Lyon and met with about 20 other students. Then we walked to the bus where we met all of the other students. After organizing phone numbers, passports, etc. we were allowed to split off into groups and walk around. I went with a group of americans to a park.
When we got back to the bus we took a tour of Paris that included the biggest monuments and a trivia game of country vs country (The US didn't do all that well) We drove to Reims to sleep.
Day 2: Wake up at 6:30! Drove to Strasbourg. Free time to find lunch/souvenir shop, then a tiny train tour, then more free time. Rained the whole day.
Day 3: Bye France, hello Germany! We lost a bit of time in Munich because of a car accident, but it wasn't very noticeable. We had another bus tour and saw a river that made a wave that people were surfing (a bit hard to explain...)
Day 4/5: My second favorite town--PRAHA! Prague was just absolutely beautiful. Changing currencies was a bit difficult but I managed to finish with just 2 crowns. We took a walking tour the first day then had mostly free time the next. A specialty in Prague is this churro bowl thing that they line with nutella and then fill with ice cream. Unfortunately for me the cinnamon mix also had nuts in it, but it smelled delicious! We also went to a castle that overlooked the town.
Day 6: Vienna! Average day of walking, sight seeing, pictures, etc. We got to go to a carnaval! I went on two rides with my friend Teju. We were singing/screaming/crying so much that we got a lot of weird looks. The second ride turned you upside-down, then spun your cart, and then spun the whole thing! I also tried a game where you kick a soccer ball as hard as you can (I almost broke the record!)
Day 7: Woke up early, drove an hour, then turned around and drove back to hotel. Turns out that our bus driver had pneumonia. He's doing well from what I've heard! We stayed until about 2pm when we got a new bus to travel to Italy aka day to catch up on sleep.
Day 8: Venice (the best city) There was a guided tour, but it was optional. The rivers, the buildings, everything was just amazing. Well except the food.... the pizza was good except there was a cover charge. Oh yeah and water isn't free either. So lunch cleaned us out of most of our euros, luckily I had enough for a bit of gelato.
Day 9: Milan We had only 30 minutes of free time here and it was for lunch... then a walking tour and of course the "best gelato in Italy" that I can say was better than Venice. Then it was straight to the bus to drive to where we would sleep. If you spin three times it's good luck!
Day 10: Chamonix- back to France! We took a train to Mont Blanc where there was snow! We walked to la mer de glace ( an ice cave filled with colored lights)
At the hotel we had a live musician.
Day 11: Switzerland: We visited the UN in Geneva, walked around town, then drove to our hotel for a party to celebrate the last day.
Day 12: Goodbyes We drove back to Paris, dropped off some students at a train station, then went to Gare de Lyon, took the metro, and got on my train at st Lazare. My train was delayed about 40 minutes, but that means the ticket may be refunded haha
Miss you guys <3