Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera

Okay, so as I mentioned, my best friend Auburn came to visit me for her spring break. We went to London, we had lots of shenanigans, we did awesome stuff.

IMG_7553Well, one of the awesome things that we did was go to the Paris Opera to see a show. This was something on my bucket list that I started last fall when I came to Paris and I was finally able to knock it off. We saw “Le Cid,” a French opera written and first performed in the 17th Century.

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Our seats were bad and our view was terrible but we had a great time nonetheless. It was surprisingly easy for me to follow along so I’ll take that as meaning that my French has improved significantly since first moving to Paris. So yay me!

I Amsterdam

image1This past weekend, I was able to cross one item off of my Europe Bucket List. I traveled to Amsterdam and had the time of my life.

This beautiful Dutch city took my breath away and impressed me in so many ways that I never could have imagined. From the gorgeous canals to the wonderful history, I was taken aback. The entire experience exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to return.

Tessa and I traveled on the Megabus from Paris to Amsterdam, which was a 7 hour drive. It actually wasn’t too bad! We took the night bus and were able to catch a few ZZ’s before arriving at our destination. Once there, we checked into our hostel, which was pretty darn cool – it was a boat! We stayed on a “bostel” called Christina and it was super duper cool.

We spent our time eating pancakes and drinking beer in between numerous museums. My favorite being the Anne Frank House. Touring this historic monument was inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. I feel so blessed to have been able to see such a huge part of history. And now after going, I am going to start reading The Diary of Anne Frank and cannot wait.

Overall, this experience was a dream and I cannot wait to return soon.

I left yet another piece of my heart in another place in the world and I couldn’t be happier.10659260_10153232791638465_80058978577315592_n

Bucket Lists!

It has occurred to me that after living in Paris for seven weeks, I should start a bucket list. Or two. So, I’m starting two. I think that having a specific list of things to explore and admire while living in Europe will make this experience even more wonderful.

Here are my two bucket lists that already after only 30 minutes of brainstorming have numerous items and multiple pages of things to cross off.

1) Europe Bucket List – Which includes things such as visiting the Isle of Skye, Scotland and skiing in Switzerland

2) Paris Bucket List – Which includes things such as attending a show at the Moulin Rouge and finally making it to the top of the Eiffel Tower

I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to complete all of the things on my Europe Bucket List but I’m determined and therefore WILL complete all of the things on my Paris Bucket List. Even if I don’t finish Europe, I’ll come back one day with my same list and it’ll be finished before I die. I know it.

To go along with the lists, I’ll be taking a photo every time I complete an item to document and share. I’ve also made two new categories for each list here on my blog to make it easier to follow these adventures! This should be a pretty fun game.1489126_10153216788498465_932246146810501952_n