Having decided to do this trip on sort of a whim, with no previous backpacking or hiking experience, I was pretty nervous on the flight out to Barcelona, but they turned out to be some of the most amazing weeks of my life! The next four weeks were filled with amazing friends, lots of fun, and lots of challenges (for me at least, haha). I had 2 incredible leaders who genuinely supported me and awesome, sweet, and hilarious friends who laughed with me and helped me up each time I fell because of my bad hiking boots! I grew very close to the people on this trip, and at the end of 4 weeks I couldn't believe I had only met them 28 days ago! I would HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone considering it.
Each night we would have a group family time, we'd play a game, and do other fun things. One of those thing was that we got to ask one person questions to get to know them. My favorite question was, "if you could pick any moment in your life to to relive what would it be?" One night, when it was my turn to answer, someone asked me the same question, and I don't think I had a definitive answer. But now after this trip, I can say--without a doubt-- that I would choose those 4 weeks in the Alps and Pyrenees! They were filled with adventure, hilarious memories, and times that I laughed so hard that I cried. They were flat out amazing, thanks to the super fun activities that we did, my amazing leaders, and my awesome friends. Also, if nothing else, to all you parents out there, just remember your kid can also squeeze a college essay out of this-- I know I did!