All right, I’ve given in and decided to start a blog, but I’ll be lazy and count this as my journal, letters to home, and homework for French 362. Since I’ll be spending the next five months living and travelling in Europe in my best Betsy Ray style, I decided to name my blog after Betsy and the Great World, one of my favorite books (if you've never read Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series, I’d highly recommend it, just like Kathleen Kelly does in You’ve Got Mail – skip to 6:52). I definitely hope my adventures here are something like Betsy’s, apart from having to leave abruptly due to the outbreak of a world war. Anyway, thanks for reading and sharing my journey with me! Sorry if some of these posts are really long - feel free to skim.