Monthly Archives: June 2010

Europe by Rail…

Hey all. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of traveling + sightseeing throughout Europe. Internet access has not been as easy to come by as I thought it might be so I apologize for the lack of updates.

I am currently checking in from Florence, Italy. In the last 13 days I have traveled through 8 countries, spending at least a night in 6 different countries. The journey has taken me through Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy. Each has been beautiful in its own special way. Some highlights of the trip: The coast of San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain, seeing the Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa in Paris, touching part of the Berlin Wall while in Germany, and watching the World Cup (U.S.A. v. England) on a big screen in a public square in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2 days my girlfriend and I will travel to northern Italy (Milan), then will trek into southern France, before getting back to Spain for the end of our journey.

The trip has been overwhelming at times (coordinating train travel, booking hostels, finding inexpensive food, etc.), but has been an incredible experience. It is difficult to reflect on it all right now since the trip is still going on, but I will be sure to upload some pictures soon to give you all a better visual guide of everything.

It’s hard to think about school while doing such extensive travel, but Bates is never too far out of mind. None of the travel would be possible without Bates and the opportunities that study abroad has created for me. I am grateful that the college emphasizes studying off campus in another country and that it has helped inspire me to see more of Europe and the world.

More to come soon. Until next time…

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Madrid + Lisbon!

Hey all. I am checking in from San Sebastian, Spain. It took 4 different trains and more than 24 hours of travel, but my girlfriend and I made it from Estoril, Portugal to the Basque Country in northern Spain. Portugal was beautiful and a lot of fun, but it is nice to be back in a place where I feel a little more confident with the language.

I am still on the move around Europe and will be for the next few weeks, but I will upload pictures and stories when I can. France, Germany + Italy still to come. I have now been out of the U.S. for more than 6 months!  Here are some photos from Madrid and Lisbon. Until next time…

Alfonso XII Monument in Madrid in El Retrio in Madrid

Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid

Lisbon, Portugal

Estoril, Portugal

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Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

Hey all. I said goodbye to Sevilla a couple days ago and am now in Madrid planning the final details for a trip around Europe. Portugal, France, Germany, and Italy are all on the list of places to see. Most hostels and train tickets have been reserved and hopefully I will have internet along the way to add pictures of all the places I see.

Madrid has been absolutely beautiful so far. My girlfriend and I have explored and enjoyed plenty of plazas, parks and museums and there is still lots to see. Tomorrow we will be leaving Madrid for Portugal. Much more to come in the next few days…

I want to take this time to congratulate the recently graduated Bates College Class of 2010. Never stop learning, exploring, or chasing your dreams. Get ready for a whole new journey and always remember your time as Batesies!

Until next time…

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