Hey everyone! Just back from my five weeks abroad. I really wasn't prepared and didn't know what to expect, but I had a blast! It really lets you know that there is more to the world than your little local network. Way too much to talk about so I will try to consolidate. Barcelona is hands down the best city I have ever been to. I changed plans on my whole trip once I went through there just so I ended up spending two weeks there. Paris was cool, traffic is not bad at all for a city that big. Doug and Kristie, can you believe that three weeks after you visited Paris it is now freezing cold? I wore three t-shirts a dress shirt, a sweater and will still so cold that I went against everything that is sacred Eurosheek and threw on a hooded sweatshirt. I wouldve just bought a coat but didn't want to lug it around when I went back south. Rome was soooo interesting (probably my second favorite of my mediteranean + France tour of Europe). Venice is only romantic if you don't mind the whole city smelling like stagnant water that gets the whole cities sewage dumped into (I wouldn't want to honeymoon there). Dubrovnik and Croatia was a pleasant surprise, very underated. Beautiful country, simple life, low cost , clean, very humble, unreal beaches. Honorable mentions: Madrid, Greek Isles, Livorno, Alicante, Monaco, Lisbon. Worst places: Pompei (italy), Naples (italy), and 90% of italy. Most overated place: The "French Riviera" ooh la la. That has to simply be French politics saying that the dogsh*t is actually caviar. Why even bother talking about a beach that is 85% rocks when you can go to a beach with sand right next door in Spain. In my head I always had the midwest theory that Spain is just the daddy of mexico (despite three years of hs spanish and a college spanish cultures class). Man was I wrong they have almost nothing in common. That was the best education of the whole trip. I cant wait to go back and spend a month backbacking exclusively through Spain. The food is great, its clean, cars wont run you over, people are super helpful, easy to get around, cost is very reasonable, the girls are muy caliente and friendly, and the beaches are the best I saw. Also I got bit by a dog in Italy, but it was an AWESOME time and I highly reccomend it to everyone.