WOW. here i am, like, a million years after renew has ended. (just kidding it’s been five days or so), but i’m finally NOT procrastinating posting. yay me.
well hello everyone. um, i feel really bad for being gone so long to be honest. all of you left really sweet comments on my last temporary post about how glad you were i was back from europe and how much you were looking forward to reading my travel diary post, so putting it off for so long has been driving me nuts.
i’m not gonna waste time telling you all a sad story of why i couldn’t post for so long, but i will fill you in on a couple life updates that honestly have made posting a little difficult.
summer is BUSY for me. i have a couple close friends that i text everyday that have commented on the fact that i’m at our pool almost 24/7 and it’s true. working three jobs here has been very difficult (i say here cause i’m currently writing this post in the lifeguard break room while waiting until i have to coach).
– coaching is every day of the week, whether it’s at night or in the morning
– i have to practice myself every day of the week, whether at night or in the morning
– i lifeguard about three to four times a week, hours varying
– and finally, i’ve been teaching swim lessons most mornings for my sister, and i haven’t even gotten to my own yet
just so everyone knows, i’m not teaching my sister how to swim, i’m teaching the kids she’s supposed to be teaching how to swim how to swim. i hope that was confusing. anyways, now for the reason she can’t teach them herself.
my sister might have fractured her wrist. yayyy (please don’t take that yay seriously, you’ll understand why i’m sarcastically saying it’s LOVELY in a second). one night for renew we went roller skating, and she fell on her wrist. it just started hurting recently, so she went to the doctors and now has a temporary cast and sling until they figure out if it’s actually broken.
now THIS is why it’s a “lovely” situation for our family (sarcasm). my mother broke her elbow while we were in europe……yayyyy. she is also in a temporary cast and sling………on the same arm. and okay i obviously don’t find the broken bones part funny, but to be completely honest, when laurianna walked through the door with her sling i kinda maybe sorta started cracking up.
wow this is turning into an updates post. go mckenna. anyways, while all of this is going on, my brothers have been at a boyscout camp and my dad is on a trip in indiana, so i’ve had A LOT of stuff to do both around the house and for my sister. i’ve been stressed lately, not going to lie.
that was more explaining than i wanted to do, so sorry for that, but now i’m actually going to get into the travel diary so YAYY. (congrats if you actually read through all that to get to this part).
may 14: our flight left fairly late in the evening, so thankfully i had a lot of time during the day to pack everything last minute ;) customs and security actually took very little time to get through surprisingly, and we were on the plane before we knew it.
BUT, when we finally got on the runway and we were ready to take off, a HUGE storm decided to roll in and our flight was delayed by over an hour. it was pretty freaky sitting in the plane with the wind blowing it like crazy, but the after effect and view above the clouds was totally worth it in the end.
on the way to our cousins house from he airport, i mostly slept. once we finally got there, my parents wouldn’t let me sleep anymore so i could try and adjust to the time zone, but lemme tell ya, it was killing all of us. for the next few days we also had to be woken up so further our efforts.
may 15/16: we didn’t do much these two days. we drove to germany a couple times to go shopping at big super markets (pretty much walmart), but otherwise we just rested a lot and hung out with the family. we also rode bikes a lot which was actually lots of fun.
talking to friends the whole time we were here with the time change was seriously whack. we were six hours ahead where we were staying from eastern time. pretty much when it was lunch time in holland, it was 6:00 am at home. when i was going to sleep at nine, my friends were just getting out of school at home.
may 17: this day we went to visit some more of our family. they had an adorable dog and we ate some bomb food.
after lunch, we went to a swamp nearby that had a super small boardwalk that went one for several miles in different directions i think. we also crossed into and out of germany several times while we walked around.
after all this, we drove to a super cute downtown area and went to a tiny little coffee shop. i got a cappuccino which was pretty good. it was a little too strong for me though. i don’t know why i didn’t just order soda like my brothers, but it’s alright.
may 18: i was going to stay home with my brothers and cousin to play fortnite all day, but i decided to be a good daughter and go with my mom, sister, and mom’s cousin to a cute shopping area in germany for the day. it was fun, but i didn’t by anything and it was A LOT of walking to it wiped me out. we had some really good fries for lunch though that we ate with mayonnaise and curry.
that night we went for a walk around a lake, and went to mcdonald’s for ice cream afterwards.
may 19/PARIS DAY 1: fairly early in the morning, we headed off to paris, france :)) the car ride was somewhere close to six hours i believe. that wasn’t super great, but man was i excited when we finally got there.
we checked into the room (with lots of difficulties), settled in, and then headed off for the arc de triomphe.
(yes, i’m aware this isn’t the arc, but i took this on the way and i just added it in cause i liked it).
it sucks that pictures can never truly capture the beauty of architecture like this. the arc was absolutely massive in person, even from where these pictures were taken. we also went under and across the street and stood almost under it, and i can’t even describe the vast size of it. most of my trip in paris, i was just in awe of anything and everything i saw around me.
from what i had heard from other people, i wasn’t sure what to expect coming to this city. i had been told the whole city smelled like pee, it was incredibly dirty, and there wasn’t actually that much to see. of course it had some areas that smelled like urine, and it was just as messy as any large city, but i personally was happy with everything i saw everywhere we went.
we were going to see the eiffel tower the next day, but we had plenty of time and decided to walk there after the arc :D
there were even more crazy buildings on the way. i only had my phone with my the whole time we were here which kind of sucked, but i was honestly so caught in every moment that i eve forgot to take pictures a lot of the time XD
finally, after a crap ton of walking, we made it to the tower, and can i just say, wow. i was blown away by it. it was SO BIG AND OH MY GOSH GORGEOUS LIKE WOW WHAT. i’m just going to add the pictures.
now looking back at it i feel like our first day was kind of short, but the more i think about it, we actually did a lot. and it involved A LOT of walking. considering none of us could speak french, we also couldn’t find anywhere cheap enough to eat that night, and our feet were all hurting so bad we could barely walk.
not to mention we couldn’t find the subway station the whole night, so we actually couldn’t avoid walking at all. this was only a half day or so. the next day we woke up bright and early and stayed in the city until almost dark.
this post has been long enough. i’ll have a part two eventually, i promise.
there is the problem with how busy i have been so far this summer and will be. i won’t be able to post every satrurday like i hoped i would. i’ll try my absolute best to post as often as i can, but as of now, i’ve got a lot on my plate. i won’t have a specific schedule this summer, so expect scattered posts, but i most definitely won’t be leaving the blogisphere, i can promise that.
i hope you all enjoyed this post and you’re summer has been fabulous so far. see you all soon!