Arriving in Europe

Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
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Trip End May 08, 2008


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

I made it to Europe!!! I have been awake now for 40+ hours but our teachers insist that we stay up to avoid Jet Lag. My first flight was awesome--I played a lot of bejeweled on the plane and made it to level 7 which I was pretty proud of. The 20 minute decent was rough on my ears and they are still a little crackly from the elevation change, but I am in good shape for a first time flyer. The Amsterdam Airport was about the size of Brule County. It was really nice to have Dr. Schorn, our program director with us who knew where to go though. We had a three hour layover so we got to explore a little bit. Our flight to Maastricht was very small--we had to ride a bus to the plane and we loaded it just like the movie stars load their private jets--I felt like a superstar...kind of..
That flight went so fast that they served us bruch right when we reached out elevation and I was still chewing my circle shaped granola bar when we were landing. Once we got to the Maastricht airport we found a taxi van and he insisted that four of us and 10 luggage pieces would fit in the van...much to our discomfort, we did. We saved lots of money though :)
My room at the University has lots of room for improvement and everyone's room is a different size and shape, but it makes our experience that much more unique. I am able to hang 8 items in my closet but I have a sink and a huge wall of windows to make up for it. We took a walk around Maastricht and I am officially in love!! It is so hard to explain--it seems so picture perfect-just like the movies or those romance novels that you read. Around every corner is a Church that is either still in use or remodeled into something else. Pretty amazing!! We ate at a cute little Italian Pizzaria where I had a Margharhita Pizza (delicious!!) and a 1/2 liter of a beer that started with a G that made me feel like I hadn't just traveled halfway around the world. I have met a few of the other students that have been straggling in and have hope for some great new friendships.
I need to unpack my room to make it a little homier and possibly a shower so I will leave my entry at this for now. I can't wait to share everything else with you--Europe is AMAZING!!!

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krthom
krthom on

We were worried!
Kelsey, so glad you made it safe and sound. We had a long night thinking about you. Happy to see you're already having fun. You've always been a star to us!
Love, Mom & Dad

meghanweeg
meghanweeg on

the adventure begins
Kels it looks like you're making memories and starting new adventures already. Just like I knew you would!I'm glad you had a safe trip!I know I already said this but have safe fun!I can't wait to read more about the good time you're having!miss and love u

donnamccullough
donnamccullough on

Have a great semester.
Hi, Kelsey,
We really enjoyed your travelogue. You will have a great time. Hope you can afford to make the most of the time, and travel as much as possible. See you in the Spring. Aunt Donna and Uncle Steve

lesliebogie
lesliebogie on

I love you Kels!
Hi Kelsey. I just got done reading your entry and looing at your pictures and it made me cry. I think it just sunk in that you are in another country and I can't just give you a call or see you in a few weeks. You have so many awesome experiences ahead of you, and I'm sure you are too busy to get too homesick yet! Make sure you try to stay safe and have as much fun as possible! I already miss you and I am praying for your journey to continue to be a success. I love you!
Your big sis, Leslie

jeffvangerpen
jeffvangerpen on

Love the pictures!
It was so fun to see the pictures on your travel blog! I look forward to seeing more... Good luck with your first day of classes and please do not forget your first day of school picture :)
Take Care, Betty

jthomas
jthomas on

Hello Kelsey!
Glad to hear everything went well with the flight. I have thought of you many times over the last few days. Your experiences and memories won't stop until you return home on May 8th! You will have so much fun learning all the new cultures --and of course doing your homework :) We will keep you in our thoughts every day - enjoy every minute! Love you-Janet

dcthomas
dcthomas on

kelsey
Loved your travel blog and pictures. Know you will have a great time. Many interesting things to see.Take care . Are sending our love. G.and G. Thomas

tamrajeanthomas
tamrajeanthomas on

Hey girl!
FINALLY able to read your blogs! I've visited this site periodically, but apparently was looking in the wrong spot b/c I thought you hadn't blogged yet. (The fact that grama & grampa found it really says something about my technology IQ). It sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Your blogs are so entertaining, I can't wait to read more! What an awesome experience! Take care!

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