Trip Start Jun 14, 2012
Trip End Aug 07, 2012

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Hey everyone! so this will be my first entry so bare with me. I'll Introduce everyone going on the trip. We're a group of friends that have known each other for our whole lives. We all are part of the Church in Irving. First there's Jorge who came up with the idea because he wanted to go to this conference our church has for the young people in the churches in Europe. Jorge is a duel credit student at Northlake Community College, but he's suppose to be a junior in high school. Then there's Caleb whose a senior at MacArthur High School, so this will serve as his Senior Trip. Then there's Jorge's mom, before you dish out judgement and start asking "why would you have an adult go with you, it'll ruin the trip", this is the only way we could go on a trip of this magnitude. We were having enough trouble getting approval for the four week trip, imagine how hard it would be for us to convince our parents to let us go on an eight week trip alone. So we had to compromise and make sacrifices, but she's really cool so it's all good. And then there's me, I'm Kevin and your blogger. 

So right now we're in our planning stages of this trip. We bought our round trip tickets out of London a while back because we've been keeping track of the flight market and felt that it was the best time to buy, so far we haven't regretted our decision. It's really amazing how we ended doing a eight-week trip. We were planning a four week trip just to visit four or five countries until Caleb's dad asked us why we didn't just go to the first Lord's Table in Rome and spend the eight weeks in Europe. He suggested that if the moms were really worried that one of them just go with us, so now we have Mrs. Ospina. Jorge had actually suggested this trip before but we dismissed it because it was going to be impossible to get parental approval. We had a meeting on whether to go for this opportunity or not, Jorge and I were ecstatic that we could do this but Caleb was a bit weary because of the length. We decided to go for it and now we're here.

We bought the tickets shortly after because the plane ticket price dropped tremendously. It also gave us that final push over the edge to get this trip going and solidified the trip so that our parents couldn't shoot it down at the last moment. We've been planning non-stop ever since taking full advantage of this winter break, sorting out how to get around Europe, the most economical way to enjoy Europe to its fullest, and dates in each city/country that would give us the best taste of the culture and that would also coincide with festivals like Bastille Day, the Running of the Bulls, and the 2012 Olympics in London. We also decided on the countries we are going to visit, these countries include, Italy, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, and France.

The one thing that I've been planning that really excites me is the day trips we will be making away from our base city in each country. These trips are still in the making but to give you a brief idea of what I would like to do, a day trip to go biking, hiking, and more in the Swiss Alps, traveling to Pampolna, Spain for the annual Running of the Bulls, a bike tour of Tuscany, and a day trip to Salzburg for the first day of the Salzburg Music Festival. Anyways, they're all in the making but hopefully we'll be able to do most of them.

Well that's it for the first blog, I hope that you all will continue to follow my blog throughout the rest of the planning stages and ultimately the trip

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