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Disneyland Football Tour – March/April 2016

As you may already know, this week I headed off to Paris with my school for the International Festival of Football at Disneyland. There were 10 of us girls going to compete in the under 15’s tournament, and we left on Wednesday 30th March and went straight to the port of Dover where we hopped on a ferry and crossed the English Channel. Arriving in Calais at around 15:30 local time, it began to chuck it down with rain as we ploughed on to Paris.  

 
We finally arrived at 20:00 and settled into our accommodation before eating tea and getting into bed. I fell asleep at around half twelve the next morning.

Thursday morning I woke up at 7:00 and the weather was awful; it was still raining and it was freezing cold. We arrived at Disneyland at 9:00 and we were all extremely excited.

 The entrance to Disneyland

Personally I’m not a huge fan of rollercoasters, so for the most part I stood in the rain and waited for my friends to go on Space Mountain etc. I got soaked and couldn’t feel my feet, so we ended up leaving the park at 13:00 and headed back to where we were staying. Scheduled for that afternoon were our first football matches of the tour, however due to the weather they were cancelled so we remained in our hotel and slept because we were so tired. Overall it had been a pretty miserable day. 

  The Castle at Disneyland

On the third day of our tour, the weather improved slightly so when we arrived at Disneyland that morning we were in higher spirits. I went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (but that was it), and then we headed off to play our final league matches of the tournament. Our under 15’s team played 4 games that day; we won 1 and drew 3, placing us fourth out of 8 in our league. After the games ended I spoke some French to some of the French players, which made me proud because it’s great to experience different cultures and speak multiple languages. 

 The weather was better on Friday

Saturday was the day of the finals to decide the standings. As we came in the top 4 in our league, we were put into the top competition and had 2 tricky matches to play; a semi-final and then the placing final. Unfortunately, we lost the semi-final so we were placed in the 3rd place play-off. It ended 3-3 and so went to penalties; we just managed to win, meaning overall we finished 3rd. It was an amazing achievement for us considering we had never played together as a team before. 

 Me with our trophy 

As it was our last full day, we spent the whole afternoon in Disneyland and at the Walt Disney Studios. I used my time to buy presents for my family (which were ridiculously overpriced), and as a final meal all of the schools involved in the tournament ate at Planet Hollywood. It was a lovely evening and really brought the tour to a close on a high point. 

 
We returned to our cabins shattered and achey after a tough day of football and rollercoasters.

The final day, Sunday, was the day we left. Up at 7:40, I quickly packed my suitcase and we were off at 8:00 and away to Calais. The journey was just about bearable and soon we were waiting to board the ferry, however we had to wait for an hour before we could get on. Once on the ship, I explored a little and relaxed because I get slightly seasick, however I was fine. 

  View from the deck

Once into England it was only a three/four hour coach journey back to my school. We got back at around 5:30 and I was glad to see my family again.

I wouldn’t normally want to visit Disneyland as I’m not big on rides, however I wouldn’t have changed this experience for the world. My advice for everyone reading this is that, if you have the opportunity to do something outside your comfort zone, you shouldn’t definitely go for it because you’ll honestly gain so much from it. All in all, it was a great tour that I’d love to do again one day.  
 
Thanks again for taking time to read my post; it does mean an awful lot to me. Got questions? Just comment and I’ll respond ASAP. 

Much love teenstravelers

Posting Update

Hello again teenstravelers, I hope you’re all having a good Tuesday so far. I just thought I’d let you know about my upcoming trips and my posting schedule so that you’re aware of what I’ll be writing about and when.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Tomorrow (March 30th) – Paris, France. I’ll be spending 5 days in total, however two days will be spent traveling there and back. I’ll be going to Disneyland so should hopefully get a few good pictures of that, however I don’t think I’ll be visiting the Eiffel Tower and all the other main landmarks, which is a shame.

Summer 2016 – Toronto/New York. My family and I are going to the other side of the Atlantic for our summer holiday this year. We’ll spend five or so days in Toronto (with one where we go to Niagara Falls!) and then another 5 in New York. I’m very excited because I’ve never been to America before.

POSTING SCHEDULE



In my Amsterdam post, I did say that my next article would be about my trip to Italy last summer. However, with my trip to Paris so close I thought it would be easier for me to document it as the trip happens, then write it up as soon as I get back so that you’re kept fully up to date with my travels. Then later, when I don’t have a trip coming up, I can tell you about my 2015 Italian summer holiday. That sound okay?

At regular intervals throughout the year (when I don’t have a holiday on the horizon) I’ll be creating posts about all of my past holidays, so be sure to watch out for those.

To finish off, thanks again for reading and enjoying my work; it does mean a lot to know that I am inspiring others. As always, leave a like and comment if you’ve got questions; I respond to all feedback I receive. 

teenstravels

NEXT POST: PARIS 2016

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Amsterdam – April 2015

I think a lot of you have read or seen The Fault In Our Stars, and this book was the inspiration for my trip to Amsterdam in The Netherlands with my family. I’ve read the book countless times, and the film really touched me, so as a fan it was natural for me to want to visit the place which means so much to Hazel and Gus in the novel. In addition, Amsterdam is a truly wonderful place and it has a certain charm to it; it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited.

We flew out to Amsterdam on 7th April 2015, with the journey lasting not much more than an hour. It was a pleasant flight and we landed at Schiphol Airport, which is about 9km outside Amsterdam, before catching a train to the centre of the city. The first thing that struck me was the sheer beauty of the Central Station; the building is magnificent and in the bright sunlight it looked majestic.  

 
We then decided to explore the city a little just to get a feel for the place, and what really stood out to me was how different the buildings are to those in England; they are very tall and often lean over the street above the canals. For me, this gave the place a magical atmosphere because it was so different to the bland streets of London that I’m used to.

Another thing that became apparent the more time I spent in the city was just how much there is to do; museums of all sorts, art galleries galore and beautiful scenery you can spend all day looking at. As tourists, we knew we couldn’t visit Amsterdam and not go to the Van Gogh Museum. As someone who often gets bored in these sorts of places, I wasn’t very optimistic, however I’ve been dragged around enough art galleries to know a talented artist when I see one, and Van Gogh is just that. We checked the website for the best time to visit, and it suggested in the evening, however when we arrived the queue was still excruciatingly long. Luckily for us we had booked FastPass tickets which allowed us to jump the line, and I think this is a must if you are visiting Amsterdam and want to see everything that it has to offer. The artwork itself was breathtaking and I’m glad I gave the Museum a chance because it is something I’m never likely to see again.

Whilst we’re on the topic of queuing, sometimes you just can’t avoid it; take the Anne Frank Huis, for instance. It opens at 9am, however we arrived an hour earlier in the hope of being one of the first in line. Truth be told, there were perhaps already a hundred people (probably more) before us, and the queue snaked round the nearby houses. In total we waited about 2 hours before we actually entered the building, however it was all worth it. At school we briefly covered Anne Frank’s story, but actually being in the room she had to hide in is something I will never ever forget. Out of all the places I visited in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House was my favourite because of how surreal it felt to be standing where she once stood. My only piece of advice is that if you don’t like queueing, this probably isn’t for you. 

  

Chinese Restaurant on the 17th Century Canal Ring

Another of the places I was dying to visit was Amsterdam Zoo; I love seeing exotic animals and zoos are some of my favourite places to visit.  The zoo itself is not right in the heart of the city, so we had to walk for a while to get there, but honestly it was totally worth it. If the wide variety of animals on show doesn’t please you, then my god the restaurant was fabulous! On the day we went the sun was out in full force, and the food served was truly stunning. I would definitely recommend a visit to the zoo, not only for the animals but the food also.

Finally, I’m moving on to what I like to call General City Things. Yes, I know, the title can be improved on, but it covers everything. This includes the little details which make Amsterdam so unique; the Red Light District, for example. Let me warn you, don’t go there at night if you’re young like me, but during the day it wasn’t too bad. Another thing I’d like to bring to your attention is the Cannabis Caf├ęs; the drug is (somewhat) legal in the city and these places are hard to miss.  

 

I know it’s of awful quality but I did actually take this one 

Another thing which makes Amsterdam unique is the abundance of bicycles; there are literally everywhere. And I mean everywhere. If you’re looking to live in the city then getting yourself a decent bike is a must, and as a tourist be careful to watch out for them. They appear out of nowhere.

Finally, although I’ve barely covered everything, I just want to mention the glorious canals; they honestly make the place so much more majestic and charming. If you’ve got time, make sure to go on a canal tour; not only do they allow you to experience and learn about the canals, but you also get to see parts of the city you never knew existed.

This marks the end of my first official travel post. I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my trip to Amsterdam, and if you did find it useful/inspiring please leave a like and a comment as I really appreciate them. If you’ve got questions, drop them in the comments section and give me a follow if you want to learn more about my teenstravels. 

NEXT POST: ITALY 2015

 

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About Me

Hello, my name is Lily, I’m 15 years old and from England. I first had the idea for a travel blog when I was reading an article on Buzzfeed and suddenly the thought came to me; I love travelling, so why not write about it? I’m fairly good at writing too so I thought a blog was perfect for me.  

 
My blog, titled teenstravels, will tell the story of my adventures around the globe. At aged 15, I do consider myself fairly well-travelled, however I have by no means seen and done everything and this blog will document all of my past and future travels. 

I do hope you find pleasure in what I write, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you my many experiences in the hope to entertain, inspire and bring joy.

Thank you my fellow teentravellers