Sunday, August 11, 2013

Leaving the Cage


Mom and I leave for Europe tomorrow! I'm so excited, I can't even bring myself to go to sleep. Which probably isn't even a bad thing, because if it were up to me, I would be passed out for the entire flight there. Flying doesn't necessarily scare me, I'm just really terrified of throwing up. I recently learned that this is a legitimate phobia and there are many people who suffer from it just like me. For some reason, in my head, airplane = motion = motion sickness = puking = Emma curled up in a little ball rocking back and forth and crying. Well, that last bit is an exaggeration. Although two years ago when I was in Italy, I had to get on a boat to go to the island of Capri and well... Let's just say at that point it wasn't actually that much of an exaggeration...



For the first time in my young adult life, I'm going on vacation laptop-free. I rarely leave my laptop home. I even take it out to the camper when we go so we can watch movies (our little tv in there is no longer kickin'). I always seem to need it for something, whether it be for communication, an online class, or even just for the sake of my photos. This two week hiatus from my computer is definitely going to be an interesting adventure! I'm kind of excited to leave it home, though, and just focus on the moment and the time there. I am a little nervous that I'll fill my memory cards too quickly, though!

Even though I won't have my computer with me for the next two weeks, I won't be entirely technology-free. I will still have my handy iPhone, my Kindle, and my very advanced camera with me. I'll be able to use my phone where there is Wifi, which means I'll still be Instagramming (follow the adventure)! Of course, I will also be taking *plenty* of photos with my regular camera, so there will plenty to share when I get back! Hopefully I will be able to post a few times during the next two weeks, but please don't hold it against me if I don't update as regularly. Writing blog posts from an iPhone is no fun.



I am so excited for this trip! I have been aching to go back to Europe ever since I left and I'm so glad the day is finally here! A little rundown of our itinerary for you: We start in Belgium, so that I can see my host families and all my friends, as well as show my mom around the country where I lived for a year. From there we go to Paris for three days where we plan to climb the Eiffel Tower (check that off from my bucket list!), go to the Louvre and Notre Dame, and stroll down the Champs Elysées. Then it's off to Provence, which is a region in the south of France that is famous for their beautiful country landscapes, wine, and lavender. We're doing a driving tour of some of the wineries and soaking up the fabulous views! Last but not least, we finish up in London. I didn't make it to London last time I was in Europe, so I'm incredibly excited to see the city! We are definitely going to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. We are going to be so busy for two weeks, but it will be so worth it! I'm sure there will also be plenty of wonderful food along the way :)



Because we're leaving so soon, all my super cute clothes are packed and ready to get on the plane with me. Dressing myself has become even more of a process than usual because, let's face it, you always want what you don't have and right now what I don't have are the things in my suitcase. It's not like I don't still have plenty of things to wear, it's just that I'm always wishing I could pull something out of my very neatly packed bag, even though there really isn't that much in it. I wore this outfit for the day of my sister's going away party. She's leaving for Ireland in the fall to study abroad. There will be more on that party later! Anyways, I decided to pull out a pair of my super flowy patterned shorts, a breezy sweater top, and my brand new lace bralette. I was so nervous about showing undergarments at first (gasp!), but I feel that this way, I'm still being fairly modest and I have to remember that these things are designed to be seen. I also debuted my new hot-air balloon necklace. I'm totally in love with this piece. It's so unique and interesting, when I saw it, I knew I couldn't leave the store without it! Unfortunately, it won't be coming to Europe with me.

And for those of you who are wondering, yes, those are prescription glasses and yes, I am basically blind without them.


Only 13 hours until we take off! Follow what's happening on my Instagram! Oh, and I can't wait to get back to speaking French again ;) What would you do with two weeks in Europe?

1 comment:

  1. Your shorts are just so adorable! It looks like you had a fabulous time in Europe! The Eiffel Tower - love it!