Monday, December 17, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

How did you meet Angelina?
Angelina and I met through a mutual friend our freshman year of college and ended up being roommates all the way up until graduation.

Did you and Angelina ever get mad at/sick of each other?
Of course we do, but honestly not nearly as much as you would imagine. We have a very sisterly relationship. Our fights usually go something like this:
Me: You're a bitch
Angelina: I hate you
Me: Ok. Wanna go get some food?
Angelina: Yeah I'm starving!

How could you afford this trip?
I opened a savings account at a very young age and have been accumulating ever since because I knew one day I wanted to do something like this. Also, I got quite a boost from my family for graduation because they knew I wanted to travel, so that helped immensely.

How much did your entire trip cost you?
A little over $10k (€8,000)  which includes everything except my actual flight to and from Europe, which I did not have to pay for. That being said, don't think you need to spend that much if you want to travel! I have a friend who traveled twice as long as I did on almost half as much.

Why did you decide to travel for as long as you did?
The European Union allows US citizens to travel throughout Europe without a visa for 90 days. So, we figured we would take advantage of that and go for 90 days!

Did you ever get homesick?
Honestly, no. I'm a very independent person. Obviously I missed the comforts of home, but the only time I felt a bit homesick was, naturally, on Thanksgiving.

What did you miss most about home (besides family & friends)?
My dog, my bed, my mom's cooking, Mexican food, American style burgers, Trader Joe's, Target, my hair straightener, my laptop, ice cubes, free water, electric laundry dryers, and the weather!

What didn't you miss about home?
Shitty public transportation, the American accent, processed food, the night life, how long it takes to get everywhere, the fashion sense, driving in downtown San Francisco!

Favorite place(s)? Dublin, Prague, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Paris

Least favorite place(s)? Venice (dirty, way too touristy, smells awful), Brussels (a bit boring), Amsterdam (gorgeous city with great politics and history - just not my scene)

Where are the nicest people? Ireland (was voted friendliest country in the entire world by Lonely Planet & it's absolutely true) & Scotland (kilts bring happiness to the world)

Where are the rudest people? Paris (THE worst), Vienna (no where near as bad as Paris but not the friendliest of folk)

Where did you see the hottest guys? England, Spain, Ireland, Netherlands

Did you vote in the last election?
No, unfortunately. I wasn't able to send in for absentee because I had no address to send the ballot to.

Best food you've eaten?
Paella in Barcelona, Dutch pancakes in Amsterdam, confit canard in Paris, kebab in Budapest, schnitzel in Berlin, truffled pasta in Vienna, Irish stew in Dublin, chicken tikka masala in London, dark chocolate fondant gelato in Milan, and salmon farfalli in Luxembourg. And that's just off the top of my head!

Where else have you traveled to other than the places you just went?
I spent a summer during high school as a student ambassador where I traveled pretty extensively through Greece & Italy. That same trip took me through a few cities in Austria and Germany.  I've also been lucky enough to go to a couple places in Mexico, western Canada, & Australia. And I've been to countless places all over the United States, including most big cities.

What did you study in school?
I got my Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts with a double emphasis in video production and audio engineering.

What do you do for work?
I work at a radio station doing promotions. I get paid to go to concerts and bars, talk to people and give out free stuff. Pretty much the greatest job in the entire world!

What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue to travel then maybe get my Master's degree?! I'm not entirely sure! 

Where do you want to go next?
Everywhere. Literally I would love to visit every country in the world. 

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