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My first week in Chicago has been so wonderful! I’m so very thankful my family was able to come up and help me settle in. Bit by bit, Becca and I’s apartment is starting to feel like a cute little home!

Today though, I’m transporting myself back to June when Eric and I were running around London trying to perfect our British accents. There was tons of beautiful architecture and history here. I’ve decided London is good for the mind, I learned so much! In a nerdy kind of way, it was basically seeing a huge chunk of my childhood school textbooks come to life.

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We all know there are some stunning churches in Europe, and we saw two really beautiful ones in London – St. Paul’s Cathedral (pictured first below) and Westminster Abbey. Both churches offer a daily evening service called Evansong. Being both religious and in love with culture, Eric and I planned to attend one at each church during the four days we had in town. One of the great things about seeing these monumental churches this way, is that entry to the churches is free for those attending a religious service. It was a two in one for us – getting to see the inside of amazing places of worship and saving some money!

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I was totally freaking out when we sat down for our Westminster church service because we arrived early enough to sit in one of the main pews that lined the aisle where Duchess Kate walked down on her wedding day to Prince William!

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One of Eric and I’s absolute favorite things from the whole trip was attending a play at Shakespeare’s Globe! We saw a play called As You Like It that was the perfect balance of comedy and drama. The actors were fantastic, and we payed five euro to stand in the yard area right in front of the stage. While standing for three hours did not sound like the greatest idea in the beginning, it actually was a really cool experience! If you want to include The Globe in your trip to London, I would definitely consider getting tickets at least a day or two before – day of tickets, and even certain times later in the week we were there, were already sold out.

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Enjoying some toasties and tea outside the theatre before the show!

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Hope you enjoyed checking out a little bit more of our Euro adventure! I’ll be sharing some more of London in future posts, but these were definitely some wonderful things we got to see that I’m glad I documented.

Last but not least, seeing as there’s all these excited things that have happened recently, I updated the About section of this little ol’ blog – check it out! Happy Wednesday, friends!

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First photo back in the States!

First photo back in the States!

A week ago, Eric and I returned from our amazing month long trip abroad! It was absolutely wonderful. Never have I learned so much about different people, cultures, languages, and histories in such a short amount of time. All the adventuring and exploring had us totally in our element.

While I had so badly hoped to do a few posts while traveling, temperamental wifi connections and being on-the-go made it hard. That being said, I now have so many photos to post and places to write about – I can’t wait to share with you all! We had so many great experiences, so I will totally be sharing specific restaurants to check out or tips for certain areas. Reading up on all those definitely helped us make our trip the perfect vacation that it turned out to be, so I am happy to pass along what little expertise I can!

In addition to the probably record number of pains au chocolat (chocolate crossiants) we consumed in Paris, our biggest news from the trip is that Eric and I are now engaged! He will now forever be the queso to my chips and I am so happy to call him my fiancé. As some of you may have seen on my social media, he did it in front of the Eiffel Tower and it was pretty perfect if I do say so myself! More of the story to come of course. 🙂

You’ll have to be patient with me this month as I work through sharing our travel adventures and fight my arch nemesis of PACKING as I prepare for the big move to Chicago happening in early August.  I’m so excited to blog about our adventures though – it’ll be a virtual scrapbook that we get to share with everyone.

For now, here is one favorite photos from each stop of our trip:

Guinness Storehouse tour - Dublin, Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse tour – Dublin, Ireland.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace - London, England.

Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace – London, England.

The Heineken Experience // Eric's 23rd Birthday - Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Heineken Experience // Eric’s 23rd Birthday – Amsterdam, The Netherland

Leaving our mark at Pont de l'Archevêché - aka The Love Lock Bridge - as a newly engaged couple - Paris, France.

Leaving our mark at Pont de l’Archevêché – aka The Love Lock Bridge – as a newly engaged couple – Paris, France.

La Boqueria

La Boqueria Market – Barcelona, Spain.

Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) - Madrid, Spain.

Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) – Madrid, Spain.

Cliffs of Moher - County Claire, Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher – County Claire, Ireland.

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer and had a great 4th of July! The first European city I’ll be writing about? The first stop in our travels – Dublin, Ireland.

Cheers! (I’m still using European lingo because I’m pretending the trip isn’t over…)

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