6 months: 8 countries, 14 cities

My post-grad plan, my redo of study abroad and my year of teaching English in France is over! What an experience, what a trip.

1.ICELAND

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Cities I visited: Reykjavik

Landmarks I visited: Viking World Museum, Blue Lagoon

2.FRANCE

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Cities I visited: Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Paris, Amiens, Grenoble, Annecy

Towns I visited: Oyonnax, Bellignat, Charix, Apremont, Samognat, Creil, Montataire, Nogent-sur-Oise, Pierrefonds, Versailles, Beauvais, Perouges, Villefranche-sur-Saone, Nantua Continue reading

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Viking Museum, Iceland

On a rainy day in Iceland sandwiched between our days in Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon , we decided to check out the closest museum to our hotel: the Viking World Museum! You can check it out here. The museum is located on the coast, near the town of Reykjanesbaer and was very fascinating historically.

The first exhibit that catches your eye upon entrance to the museum is the giant wooden Viking ship hanging from the ceiling!

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the ship!

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Walking Reykjavik

Iceland has been on my travel list for a few years now, but it was always one of those desinations that seems impossible. I mean, ICELAND? As in that island we always notice on maps roughly halfway between Greenland and Norway?

But then I started researching airfare, and lots of travel websites and blogs started referencing Icelandair, with a twist. For reasonably priced transatlantic voyages with a layover in Iceland`s international airport, travelers could extent their layover in Iceland for up to a week without increasing their airline tickets prices! It seemed too good to be true!

Anyway, what drew me mostly to Iceland was two things: the natural beauty of Iceland`s landscape and the capitol city of Reykjavik. I was dying to go see the northernmost capitol city in the world, and it absolutely lived up to the hype! Continue reading

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is one of the most popular and well-known tourist attractions in Iceland. Although not 100% natural, the spa is built over naturally occuring geothermal hot springs that were transformed into a lagoon and energy source for Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a bit removed from the bustle of Reykjavik, so it made the perfect day trip for us! Its famous for the strikingly blue water, steam rising over the pool, and minerals such as silica that are used in skin care treatments. We weren`t sure if we would go, as entrance tickets can be a little pricey, but ultimately decided to go, because When will we ever have this chance again??? We took the cheapest, standard ticket, which allowed entry and bathing in the Blue Lagoon but none of the spa facilities. Okay with me! Check out some of my photos:

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TAPIF Year Travel Destinations

When I first studied abroad in Montpellier, I wrote a list of places that I wanted to visit while I was in France. After a very short period of time, the list looked like me listing every country in Europe. Well. I can’t do that in one year abroad- without totally blowing my bank account- so I had to narrow it down. This year, once again, I am taking off on a months-long European adventure, hoping to squeeze in some budget travel. The places I’m dying to visit this year are:

-Berlin

Berlin has been my #1 European travel destination for a while now! As a history buff, there’s so much to see in Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie, various WW2/Holocaust museums, the Reichstag, etc. I’d love to visit and be able to explore a major world capital that was once behind the Iron Curtain. (Read about my trip to Berlin here.)

Skyline of Berlin

Skyline of Berlin

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