If you would have told me how amazing this year would be for me in 2016, I would have never believed you. I have always talked about travel and seeing the world, but 2017 was my year to take action. I dove deep into the world of travel blogging, and I took advantage of some amazing travel deals. I was adventurous, impulsive, and welcoming to new opportunities, and I can definitely say it paid off. 2017 was a roller coaster to say the least… it was a year full of happiness, love, heartbreak, excitement, and challenges, but most of all it was a year that I truly found myself.
China is really an amazing country, but it is such a hard country to adjust to, especially coming from the states where we have the luxury of using toilets that you can sit on. I knew coming here that squat toilets were the norm, but I guess I didn’t think I would actually ever use one. I was definitely wrong with that assumption.
It all started by going to the Temple of Heaven. The temple is inside a huge park, and you either pay 10 yuan just to walk around the park or 28 yuan to walk the park and go inside the temple.
My first couple of days in Ireland are over, but it has been so much fun! I flew into Dublin, met the group that I would be on tour with, went to a lot of pubs, saw some amazing live music, and was blown away by the beauty of Dublin. Once I landed, I met with my tour group, we transferred to our hostel, and immediately went to get some food because everyone was starving. Our tour guide had made some suggestions as to where to go, and we ended up eating at The Brazen Head, which is a pretty famous 800 year old pub and apparently the oldest pub in Ireland.
After Amsterdam I made my way to Brussels. I knew I wanted to try their chocolate, waffles, and beer, but hadn’t done too much research on where I wanted to actually go and see while in Brussels. When I got there, I kept reading about The Grand Place, so I decided that’s what I wanted to do. Instead of just walking straight there I decided I would take a walk and see where I ended up. It had snowed the night that I got in, so the next morning when I was ready to leave the sidewalks were covered in ice and it was really hard to walk.
Oh my gosh. The last two days have not been the greatest for me. First I had a not so magical day at Disneyland Paris, and now I am in the middle of a mess to get to Amsterdam. I was really excited to travel by train, but it’s not looking so hot at the moment. I started my day by taking an Uber to the station because I didn’t want to deal with my luggage on the metro again headed to somewhere I didn’t know. My uber driver missed where to drop me off twice, and it was at Charles-Degaul Airport TGV so it took a while to get back around. Thankfully I left early and gave myself plenty of time because I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first train ride.