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bryan
Ah yes, the obligatory post-college, or high school, or military service, backpacking through Europe trip. A standard-issue life experience for many young Americans. This particular installment, however, I assure you, goes beyond the standard experience. Oh there will be museums, ruins, beaches and monuments, as well as language barriers, getting lost, sunburns and missed trains; that you can be sure of. However, this cast of characters ensures that the experience goes far beyond the ordinary.

Shall we meet our heroes then? Well if we don't we won't have much of a tale now will we? ...on with it then.

First, meet Bryan. He's 24, recently freed from the tendrils of the U.S. Air Force and is pursuing enrollment in an art school he will one day regret attending.
robert
He knows just enough French and Italian to be completely useless.
Next is Robert, 22 years old, just received a business degree and will one day work for Microsoft. Yes, we're all very proud.
Now meet our heroine, Amy, 21 year old sister to Bryan and wife to Robert, future Aquatic Scientist I (whatever that is)--the undisputed brains of this operation.
Last, but certainly not least, is David, 18 year old brother to Amy and Bryan, recent high school graduate, young, in love, self proclaimed "awesome to the core", and terrible at growing facial hair.
Collectively we will call them B.R.A.D. because it's oh so clever and involves less typing.

BRAD sets out from Seattle, Washington one fine June morning; one fine, ridiculously early June morning. BRA are all on the same flight, while D is on a much later flight.
amy and robert
This turns out to be much more troublesome than expected. BRA cross the Atlantic and arrive at Charle de Gaulle International airport in Paris, France without a hitch. They proceed through customs, figure out the train system, get some food, and make their way to the terminal David is to arrive at. Soon they will be whole again; soon their journey will officially begin; soon....they will realize that none of the passengers that arrived with David's plane are, in fact, David. This is very unfortunate. Hours into the first day and our heroes have already lost a member; and supposedly have no way of contacting said member unless he's still in the states; which wouldn't necessarily be a good thing.
david
Here's hopin'!

Bryan finds a pay phone and calls David's cell, hoping he doesn't answer. David does indeed answer, however, and he informs Bryan that he is still in Seattle. "What!?" BRA exclaim in unison. How could this be?! It seems there were two flights to New York from Seattle, directly across from one another, and David managed to be waiting for five hours at the incorrect one. David seems to be a dimwit. He's missed his flight he was five hours early for and now has to sleep at the airport and leave the next morning. BRA are visibly upset that they have to spend an extra night in Paris sipping san gria, listening to street music and walking along the shores of the beautifully lit Seine River. An absolute tragedy at best.

The next morning BRA triumphantly becomes BRAD again at the airport and they are off to see the tower, the wonderful Tower of Eiffel.
a bridge in paris
What is supposed to be 10 blocks of walking turns out to be 15 or 20 or so, but they eventually arrive. After a brilliant photo-op they treat themselves to fresh fruit, bread and cheese in the park. Pigeons coo, children laugh, everyone belches, life is good. BRAD make an agreement that fruit, bread, cheese and the occasional meat shall be their meal of choice for the duration of their adventure, for it is delicious, accessible, and extremely cheap. Well done heroes.

Night falls quickly as they climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower. The park below is enchanting, but not as enchanting as the ice cream stand below. BRAD scurry down to the stand and treat their tired bodies to hot dogs and ice cream--so much for their fruit, bread and cheese pact. Bryan is sure the man taking their orders says something inappropriate to his sister, Amy, but doesn't know enough French to do anything about it.
another bridge in paris (they like bridges there)
He does, however, know how to glare accusingly, and does so very intensely after his food is delivered.

The last day in Paris for BRAD is a day for the Louvre...a day for endless walking, heaps of history, and piles of boring art, a glorious day indeed...that is until mother nature intervenes. As they exit their hotel to catch the bus to the Louvre the skies grow dark and in an instant a torrential downpour is unleashed. Soon the streets become rivers and cafe chairs become white-painted boats, swiftly sailing down the avenues. Our defeated rabble retreats into the hotel, rides the tiny elevator to their room, sulks for a moment or two, and then prepares for their long overnight train ride to Switzerland.

Paris may have won this round, but our heroes will return in good time. Now, however, they must press on, for there is schnitzel to be eaten, barns to be slept in, cows to be mooed at, and sweet music festivals to be missed out on. So we bid BRAD adieu until Switzerland. Safe train-riding, brave heroes!
emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
JeAr says:
i'm actually lol'ing in real life! i had so much fun reading this entry! cant wait for more misadventures! :D
Posted on: May 19, 2009
marix_sublime says:
i enjoyed reading this entry...hahaah..keep them coming heroes and heroine!
Posted on: Apr 12, 2009
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bryan
bryan
robert
robert
amy and robert
amy and robert
david
david
a bridge in paris
a bridge in paris
another bridge in paris (they like…
another bridge in paris (they lik…
bryan and amy
bryan and amy
yet another bridge in paris
yet another bridge in paris
banks of the seine river
banks of the seine river
lamy amy
lamy amy
the louvre at night
the louvre at night
sweet random building in paris
sweet random building in paris
photo-op!
photo-op!
mmmmmm....cheap food
mmmmmm....cheap food
angry eiffel
angry eiffel
eiffel tower steps
eiffel tower steps
artsy eiffel
artsy eiffel
view from the eiffel tower
view from the eiffel tower
view from eiffel tower
view from eiffel tower
view from the eiffel tower
view from the eiffel tower
view from the eiffel tower
view from the eiffel tower
mmmm...ice cream stand
mmmm...ice cream stand
really tiny elevator
really tiny elevator
next stop...land of the switzer
next stop...land of the switzer
478 km (297 miles) traveled
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