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Travel Blogs from Lille
... my racing bicycle with me. Took me 2h to take it apart and stick it in a big box; a box that can hardly fir into my car. I'm still hoping that they have some kind of hill in Dubai I can ride up.
But OK, I'm ready. The flight is booked and the count down has begun. A bit of stress and a ton of eager anticipation for the big unknown. Time to say goodbye to the loved ones.
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... we had wasted a couple of hours at this point. We also had not had any
food, since breakfast so were getting a bit hungry. We went straight out
and caught the bus to the cemetery going past the battle fields and
trenches on the way with the intention of catching the bus back and
checking them out. Eventually getting off at the cemetery is was a short
walk. This was quite unreal feeling walking along and then getting
to the cemetery, just the ...
... with two other girls from the U.S. One of the girls said she was from Colorado so I asked her where, she said I had probably never heard of it, she was from Fort Collins. Diner ended up lasting two hours but we actually didn't eat very much we just laughed a lot. We left and picked up our bags from the STS headquarters and went to our hostile. I roomed with the three other girls I talked about before and we stayed up until one talking about our countries, host families, and ...
... one side clearly to the other side of town without an obstructed view. They rebuilt the town to look as it used to stand prior to WW1 (with a few exceptions) but even though the facade looks old you won't find a building that was constructed pre WW1. It was interesting to see inside the museum and read so much information on WW1. We all commented that we felt our schools brushed over the importance of WW1, as many of the facts we learned were the first time we had read them. After ...