Day 23 – 27: Last week at Cambridge

I can’t believe I’m halfway through my Cambridge course! It’s even better than I expected it to be, and I’ve made a great group of friends who I’ll really miss when I go back home. On the upside, I now have friends in America, Colombia, Sweden and France! This week we did a lot moreContinue reading “Day 23 – 27: Last week at Cambridge”

Day 21 & 22: Exploring England!

I spent most of the weekend out and about exploring England, because I figured I have the whole week to look around Cambridge. On Saturday I was lucky enough to join the excursion going from Cambridge to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born! We spent a couple of hours wandering around¬†Shakespeare’s house, which is really wellContinue reading “Day 21 & 22: Exploring England!”

Day 15 – 20: Week 1 at Cambridge

Since Cambridge is a lot quieter than Contiki or Hampshire were, I decided to combine it into a weeklong post so it’s more interesting to read! On Sunday we headed into Winchester for some final sightseeing adventures before driving to Cambridge. We saw King Arthur’s round table, the Wolvesey Castle ruins and the outside ofContinue reading “Day 15 – 20: Week 1 at Cambridge”

Day 14: An Oxford adventure

Today was our biggest day of sightseeing, mainly because it was a Saturday so we could take longer. We decided to make the trek up to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Churchill family. I actually didn’t know much about Blenheim Palace, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasContinue reading “Day 14: An Oxford adventure”

Day 13: Bath time

Today we decided to make the trek to Bath. Sadly Caitlin was flying to Spain in the afternoon for her 10-day Topdeck tour, so she couldn’t come with us. We left the house quite early in the morning because Bath is a couple of hours drive away. Upon arrival, we decided to tour around theContinue reading “Day 13: Bath time”

Day 11-12: We made it to England (barely)!

After suffering through two days of intense heat in Paris, getting lost on the metro multiple times, nearly not making it through airport security (those Parisians are intense!) and having last minute panic attacks that we would miss our flight to England, we finally made it to Swanmore, where my good family friends the ParrysContinue reading “Day 11-12: We made it to England (barely)!”

Day 9 & 10: Bonjour Paris!

After another super long drive, we finally arrived in Paris! Switzerland was definitely the most fun two days of the entire trip, having seven other Contiki tours at the same hostel made for some fun nights. Plus, we got to try real Swiss cheese fondue which was delicious. Upon arrival in Paris, we drove (andContinue reading “Day 9 & 10: Bonjour Paris!”

Day 8: Snow on the Alps

Today we went up to the highest railway station in Europe on an old electric train which was really cool, though it was quite a long trip after a fairly sleepless night. Luckily we had 2 hours to sleep on the train! The Jungfrau mountain was really cool, there was real snow on top ofContinue reading “Day 8: Snow on the Alps”

Day 7: Swissco Disco in Switzerland

What a long day! Today we drove from Italy up to Switzerland, which is the second longest drive that Contiki do on any of their trips through Europe. And boy did it feel like it. After 2 hours sleep, we jumped on the coach. Looking around at about 9am, there were 46 people asleep –Continue reading “Day 7: Swissco Disco in Switzerland”

Day 6: Pasta and gondolas in Venice

After a very long drive, surviving on about 4 hours sleep, we finally arrived in Venice! Our tour guide Zach has started giving us hour and a half talks about the countries we’re driving through, which is all well and good until you’re trying to stay awake on four hours sleep. We stayed in aContinue reading “Day 6: Pasta and gondolas in Venice”