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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Aarhus or Stockholm
Where would you most like to go next?
I have places not in Europe that I'd like to go, but in Europe I'm always drawn back to Paris and Stockholm.
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
I'm pretty new so it's hard for me to have a favorite, but I love the Eixample and Gracia neighborhoods of Barcelona; the Verlomme appartment in Paris; the courtyard for the Fer a Moulin; and in Provence, around the town of Sault, the lavendar fields abloom with red poppies scattered throughout is one of the lovliest sights I've seen
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
Food, food, food. I can literally spend hours looking at fresh produce and speciality foods.
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I met my French professor from freshman year on a small sidestreet in Paris. She greeted me with a stern, Bonjour Mlle Rao, and I immediately wondered what I had forgotten to do...
Which Untours have you already done?
Paris, Provence, Madrid, Barcelona (I got sneak peaks)
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Explore the small streets and the villages/towns not mentioned in any books. Plan, but be prepared to ignore your itinerary when adventure beckons.
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Barcelona (new in 2008!)

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Fooding Spain Part II

During the next few days, Emily and I continue to visit the sights, explore the neighborhoods (we are especially struck by the architecture and colors of Madrid de los Austrias--the Austrian, or old, quarter)

(here's a map that tells you the location of the Austrian Quarter, where we have some apartments for the Madrid Untour)

and, of course, sample the food. We sample churros y chocolat,…

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Posted on September 12, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Fooding Spain

It's been ten years since last I was in Spain. That time I was passing through quickly on my way to Africa. I have hazy memories of wide open spaces, one grand building, and the small hostel my friend Eliza and I stayed at in Madrid. Oh, and I remember the overnight train rides.


It's evening when I begin my trip from the Philadelphia airport to Madrid. I'm excited and nervous. I don't like take offs and landings so I'm trying to keep my…
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Posted on August 31, 2007 at 8:01am — 8 Comments

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At 6:32pm on July 26, 2007, Louise Walls said…
Welcome Lotta, I thought your photos looked familiar. We were in Croatia just this past April. A beautiful country.
At 12:59am on July 27, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Hi Lotta,
Welcome back!
Sure was great meeting you in Paris. Did you see the photo? Thank you and Dodge for putting together such a great trip for us. Everything turned out really good!
At 9:01am on July 27, 2007, Bill Kover said…
Paris next year!
At 4:49pm on July 29, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
We're sorry that we had missed you during our June visit to Media. Perhaps, next time we're in the area we'll get to say hello in person. Since we're planning on a trip to Paris next year, we'll be in communication via email or telephone with Dodge or you.
At 8:11pm on July 29, 2007, Lotta Rao said…
Hi El,

So glad to hear that you are planning a trip to Paris. I will look forward to talking with you especially since I used to live in Paris.

Take care,

Lotta
At 12:58pm on September 6, 2007, Liss Poulson Small said…
I enjoyed your writing, and you have a picture of chocolate con churros in your Madrid album that looks scrumptious! The way the spoon is resting on the saucer is just... perfect.
At 10:27pm on September 18, 2007, Gabe Small said…
It was fun to run into you on the train today, Lotta!
At 12:49pm on February 8, 2009, alex_bostick said…
*SMILE*.... U KNOW.... I WILL ALWAYS FIND YOU..*SMILE*.. WOW... I WAS JUST ON A FIND LOTTA MISSION AN I WAS COMING UP EMPTY... SO I SAID TO MYSELF LETS GOOGLE HER.. AN YOUR PICTURE POPS UP ON THIS SITE... I WAS BLOWN AWAY.... WOW....LOTTA RAO...!!! WHATS GOOD... WHEN I WAS IN BROOKLYN I EVEN TRIED TO FIND GAILS HOUS, TO ASK HER WERE U AT.. BUT I KNOW U EVERYWERE....*SMILE*...WOW...
At 10:57am on February 15, 2009, alex_bostick said…
my e mail is longlex9@yahoo.com holla at me there.. we gotta catch up!!
At 7:12am on July 8, 2009, DONNA SHREVE said…
Dear Lotta,

I hope all is well with you. I know you haven't heard from me in a while, here's a brief update on my battle with Lyme disease:

The White House put my Lyme disease health care horror story online, and you and your friends can "vote" for it, by clicking on the "people should hear this" link on the page. It very important that the truth about this epidemic that has far surpassed AIDS in the U.S. be known, and your vote for my story can help attract attention. I apologize if this is not the best written story, but I suffer with various neurological/cognitive problems from my Lyme disease and can no longer write as well as I once did.

http://stories.barackobama.com/healthcare/stories/4228

Donna A. Shreve

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