Valerie is one of my oldest friends and one of the first people I knew who had a blog. We first met in Texas when I was entering my teens and she was a little blonde in ponytails. I never dreamed we'd be friends one day.
When she was 11 and I was 17 our families underwent a shared time of trial, which brought our families together in friendship for the first time. The better we got to know each other the more we found we had in common. Valerie's family moved away shortly afterward, but we kept in touch by letter and phone. Our age gap lessened as we grew older and more mature. Now I consider her one of my dearest friends, as well as one of my oldest.
Currently she's a University of Portland student studying in Vienna. Lucky girl, she is getting to visit all these places I've always wanted to go! Well, the next best thing to being there is to know someone who is. Besides the fact that she's my friend, I love to read about her adventures in Europe. I'm sure you will too!