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European Adventure: 12 Cities in 28 Days

How many people can say that they have backpacked to 12 cities and 8 countries in only 28 days? Jessalyn Traylor, a senior studying Nutrition Dietetics at Auburn University, can proudly say that she has conquered this adventure of a lifetime.

Traylor went on this European backpacking trip through the College of Human Sciences Study/Travel in Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management. She received a total of six credit hours. The students completed an hour in the spring here at Auburn and completed the remaining five in Europe.
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Traylor traveled to many different countries and cities during her European adventure. The eight countries the Auburn students traveled to were France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy. The different cities were Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Wroclaw, Krakow, Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Florence and Rome. They stayed for two to three days in each of the twelve cities.

There were twelve students and one professor on the trip. Traylor only knew two of the girls before they started the spring class. “Since we had class once a week in the spring, I got to know everyone going on the trip before we left,” Traylor said.

In the one-hour spring class, the students spent time planning the trip. Each student was responsible for planning the group’s trip to one city. “So, we each made an agenda of the days spent in our city. We planned what we were going to do and where we were going to eat. We had to schedule transportation and make reservations to attractions before the trip,” said Traylor.

“Then, when we got to that city in Europe we had to execute our plans. Fortunately, everything went pretty smoothly in Florence for me and there were no major happenings,” Traylor said.

Throughout the trip the group would stay in different hostels and experience the different cultures in each city. They ate a variety of food from popular restaurants that were recommended by locals in order to get a real taste of the city.

“When we got to Italy, I loved everything we ate! I had some of the best pizza and gelato that I have ever eaten in Florence, “Traylor said.

Traylor’s favorite country was Poland. “ I was not expecting it to be so quaint and inviting. It was simply beautiful there,” Traylor said.

“I could not have asked for a better month in Europe. It was very fast paced, we only had time to see the "touristy spots" and go out to eat and then it seemed like we were on the train to the next city. The people on the trip were awesome and made it so much fun. I would recommend this trip to anyone,” Traylor said.

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