Sunday, April 3, 2011

Katelynn Goes to Europe

Hi Everyone!
So a couple weeks ago I decided to join my professor on a trip to Europe in May 2012. It is one of those EF Tours. We will be going to Rome, Florence, and Paris! All of which thrill me to know end. I smile everything I remember " I am going to Europe!" Even if it is a year away, I love knowing that I really will be going there and it is not just a dream anymore.

Here is a look at my "itinerary" if you are curious.
(pfff well I tried uploading a screen print I took of the page, but it comes out too small. lame. I'll just copy&paste)

Day 1
- Fly overnight to Italy

Day 2 - Rome
Arrive in Rome

Day 3
- Rome
Take a guided tour of Rome
Visit the Colosseum
Visit the Forum Romanum

Day 4
- Rome
Take a guided tour of Vatican City
Visit the Sistine Chapel
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica
Optional: Caravaggio art tour

Day 5
- Rome • Assisi • Florence
Visit the Basilica of St. Francis
Continue to Florence

Day 6
- Florence
Take an art-themed walking tour of Florence with an expert local guide*
Visit the Accademia

Day 7
- Florence
Visit the Uffizi
Board an overnight train to Paris

Day 8
- Paris
Arrive in Paris
Take a guided tour of Paris:

  • Place de la Concorde
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Les Invalides
Visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 9
- Paris
Take a guided tour of the Louvre with an expert local guide
Visit an atelier*

Day 10
- Paris
Take a guided tour of the Museé d’Orsay with an expert local guide
Optional: Giverny

Day 11
- Depart for home So if you have been there before and have tips, please feel free to share.
The only people I know going so far are my professor and a lady from my drawing class. Both I know will be a riot to travel with.
I have decided to opt out of the optional excursions because 1)they cost a tad extra & 2) so I will have more personal time to explore/do as I please.
While in Paris I really want to find one of the stores that sells Belle&Boo stuff. That is just one thing on a long (mental) list of places I want to go. Definitely will be going into used bookstores. I will blog much more about all I want to do there. It is unfortunate that it is so short of a trip, but it will help when I want to go back again because this is all planned out by someone else and I will learn a lot while there.

This trip will cost about $3,400. $3115 for program fees. $145 for required traveler's insurance. $135 for a passport. I am trying to save and plan to pay it all by myself, but, if you would like to help me, that would mean so much to me.
Here is a link to donate to my Europe fund. You can donate as small as you like if you choose. every tiny bit adds up and helps.

Another way to help is to buy something from my etsy shop. so you get something in return. I will be adding much more to my shop over the next week so look out for that.

back. again

Once again, worst.blogger.ever.
I was doing so well in November. I want to get back to that.

Current events in my life:

-I got into the University of Florida for Architecture!!!!!!!! aaaah! I still cannot believe it. I have orientation April 15th and I start May 9th. (I only have one week break after I graduate/get my AA from SFC)

-I renewed my lease and decided to paint my apartment. Will definitely be putting up before and after pictures for that.

-I have decided to get back into a good excise routine. Debating whether or not to blog about exercise and healthy eating. Maybe if I have success after this month I will.

-Now that I am into UF and know I will be living here for at least another 3 years, I am on a serious job hunt. So far I have filled out online applications for Starbucks, Target, Fresh Market, Subway, and CVS. 2 of which I just did this morning. All places I am familiar with and would be thrilled to work at. I NEED a job. to live. Considering I pay for my college/rent/food/etc.. Since UF is more expensive than Santa Fe, I can no longer just live off my extra financial aid.
Plus I want something productive to do.

- Next weekend (9&10th) is the Spring Arts Festival and I will be selling my jewelry and other things at the art club's booth. I will be working frantically this week to have more items and I want to make things to decorate the booth with so it will be more appealing.

-I have been debating whether or not to start a youtube channel. Well I have an account, but I want to make videos.

-Last but certainly not least, I have decided to go to Europe next summer (2012). Will blog about this next for more information.

Oh & arrg, my webcam does not work bc I had to reload Windows and I cannot find the disc to reload the webcam software.

Have an enchanting day!

(PS. please comment. need encouragement. I feel like I am talking to myself)