One Year Anniversary in Paris & Madrid

For our one year anniversary, Nick surprised me with a wild idea...to spend our anniversary weekend in Europe. He got this plan because he had family staying in Madrid for the month and so we would only have to pay for our airfare and food while we were gone, and the way my college schedule lined up gave me an extra long weekend. Romantic? Absolutely. Scary? Totally. Doable? One hundred percent. :) The Thursday night before Valentine's Day we packed up our belongings into only a carry on each, brought some snacks and warm clothes, and headed to the airport.

We spent the first day on a layover in Paris, ate a vegetarian restaurant with delicious hummus and chips, walked around in the rain and tried to find Montmartre in just a few short hours. Nick speaks French (could he get any more dreamy?) so it was significantly easier to get around the city, however we got lost and never quite got to Montmartre so I guess we'll have to go back. ;) Once we got to Madrid, we met Nick's family at a party in a small bar on a little cobblestone side street and got food and drinks with strangers speaking mostly Spanish, with breaks of English to explain their jokes to us. It was exciting to see how quickly I could pick up words and phrases in Spanish, and it was so helpful to have two people on our trip that could speak both Spanish and English.

On our flight back to Chicago, we were both exhausted from the short and exciting trip, I was sick with some mysterious illness, and on the way home there was massive snowstorm in Newark where we were supposed to be flying out of. I had class the next day and didn't want to miss it, so we had to stay a night in Newark take a train to Philadelphia early the next morning to catch a flight that would get us back in time for my class. The trip overall was unbelievably exciting and wild from start to finish, and I can't wait to travel with this sweetheart again! :)

At the airport for our first flight and then Paris for the afternoon layover! Nick looks awfully cheerful now, just wait until the end of this post to when we're headed home. ;)

Headed to Madrid from our layover afternoon in Paris and Nick is already tired. :)

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First things first...European coffee.

Waiting for the train after being stuck in Newark for the night and looking decidedly less cheerful. 

On the train to Philly and ready to be home in bed.

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.