Well, it has now been three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I guess its time to say what all I learned from the trip. Well, in just a little more than 2 months I traveled through some of the most famous, and beloved places on earth. Saw the medieval streets of Carcassonne, the 16th century cityscape of Florence, the ancient history of Rome, the beer gardens of Germany, the Art Galleries of Paris, and rain of England.
Throughout all of these experiences I feel like I have seen every little aspect of Europe possible. I have seen the heritage and artistic moments like the art museums or the history museums. I have witnessed the famous European buffoonery that overcomes cities when beer and soccer matches come together. I have hung out at the local pubs or coffee shops where Europeans are known for just relaxing. I have driven through the smallest towns and have seen what people are actually like outside of the tourism industry. I have experienced everything from the stifling heat of Spain, to the dampness of Austria; from the poor in Bratislava to the very rich in Switzerland.
I feel like the trip really has covered everything. I honestly cannot think of one aspect of European culture, history, or identity that we did not cover. I mean we saw everything from Eastern European culture to British culture. The only thing I can think of that I wish I had seen a bit of was Scandinavian culture, but really I have nothing to complain about. I am happy to be home, but I am thankful for the adventures I have had this summer.