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Diary of a Charger: If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

El Toro lacrosse player Bella Knoth shares her journal entry for the week ending May 1.

Hey everyone,

Europe was so amazing, I can’t even find words to describe it. Well, I guess I'm going to have to try anyways, right?

I sleep like a rock on planes, so the 12-hour flight was not a problem at all. Our stay in Paris was great. We had a fun little modern hotel, and trying to understand everyone speak French was quite entertaining. In only two days, I must have eaten a half dozen crepes filled with nutella, my new favorite meal. The best thing about Paris was seeing the Eiffel Tower; the twinkle lights at night are stunning.

Our day trip to Brugge, Belgium, was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Everything there was absolutely gorgeous; flowers and trees were everywhere, there were swans and ducks swimming in canals, and all the little shops and houses were very medieval and adorable. The people were friendly, and everything was peaceful and beautiful. Let’s not forget, Belguim waffles are a thousand times yummier when they are eaten in Belgium.

We drove back to Paris, and flew to Florence. Florence was pretty calm; most of our time there was spent in art museums. However, it was our first taste of real Italian food, which was also the first step on a slippery slope to overeating and happiness. Rome is tied with Belgium for my favorite location; I loved everything about it. The food was delicious. I ate enough pizza and pasta and gelato to last me a lifetime. The language is exciting and loud and amazing. Rome just has energy like I've never felt before.

Throughout the week, we walked until we had blisters, stayed up late, and woke up early, but this trip was exactly what I needed. I will miss Europe for a long time.

Unfortunately, spring break is over and it’s time to get back to the real world. We finally finished Frankenstein in English, but now we are starting Othello, and Shakespeare is even more daunting. Lacrosse season is coming to an end; our last regular-season games were last week, and now we go into the championship playoffs.

Until next week,

Bella

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