The stage was set for the adventure of my life when several of my college roommates decided to go backpacking in Europe after graduation.
I was the last person to join the (original) five-person group of hostelling, budget travelers.
At first, I was a little wary of joining up with so many people.
However, as more of my friends decided to go, I felt foolish letting this opportunity slip away from me.
After all, people have been traveling to new places since the dawn of time, and now it was my turn.
Backpacking in Europe was a little courageous for me, but I ended up having a great time, despite missing my flight home.
So I agreed to join them back in February of 1998.
The backpacking trip was originally going to be six weeks, but an extra week was added when we changed our flight dates.
Also, one of the backpackers dropped out due to medical reasons.
The current entries are directly from my travel journal, written on the same days as I have noted.