I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war. 

As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants.


I kind of immersed myself into reading contemporary books lately. So when I see both London and France terms, I immediately packed up my luggage and get on the train. Let me give my tour guide to the places they've visited.

LONDON: If you're planning to come here, make sure you're a Batman/Bruce. Without bags and bags of money, you would be scavenging the garbage. Even the afternoon tea and Sandwiches will cost you so much that you would whine why you came here of all places. It's not that you can't find cheap hostels and restaurants. If you know where to find, you will surely survive here.

Sydney and Leela planned to travel Europe for ages. The supposed trip included Leela's boyfriend too. But after their break up, he was cut off. Sydney left her sister with her mom who has panic attacks. Not because she is cruel. She is the one who took care of her mother since twelve after their father left her. But the situation becomes awkward when Leela' ex boyfriend came for the trip along with his friend Jackson who is pretty hot man whore. Somehow they get back together after the cliche make up sex and wanted to join along his trip to Amsterdam. Without much of the choice, the foursome went there.

AMSTERDAM: You must come here if you are a best buddy with pots. Weeds and Prostitution are legal here. I was so much embarrassed and excited to hear about sex shows. I was like, "Damn, am I really reading this?" I was so innocent when I think about Amsterdam, especially Anne Frank's house and TFIOS. But now, I can't get over my mind from the gutter. Overall, if you want to get stoned, get your ass here right now.

Slowly, Jackson and Sydney came close together with their chats. When they're so engrossed in each other and were going for it, Leela and Matt broke up again. HAHAHA

BRUGES: Come here, if you want to get diabetes. Loads and loads of waffles and chocolates! The famous Belgian chocolates. Swoon! I'm dead. Waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I haven't tried waffles in my whole life. So maybe I would die eating those. Sweet dead is something that could leave a name in history.

Leela was much in moping state. So she couldn't enjoy the place except the waffles. See, I'm telling you waffles could change you. Trust the waffles. Leela was ready for Paris, the city of romance. Off to Paris then!

PARIS: City of love. Don't come here, if you're single. Otherwise you will feel dejected that you don't have someone. Come on! What do you expect from a romance city? Couples would be everywhere. Don't mope around. We gave information beforehand. Of course, you can get a French guy there. Apart from the lovey dovey couples, macarons and pastries are so good there.
“Then we go into a patisserie and taste a real macaron. Mine is pink and tastes like sugar and almonds and raspberries that dissolve in my mouth.”

Leela and Sydney somehow enjoyed Paris with no improvement in boyfriend’s situation. Now they're off to Switzerland! See you there.

INTERLAKEN: Do you really want to have REAL adventures? Sky diving, river rafting and etc. Then get down here right now. I don't know Swiss cheese. I don't care whether they have holes or not as long as it's cheese.

When someone said your best friend as theirs, you will think it as annoying. The characters played exactly what happens in real life. Sydney and Leela finally have some Aussie friends. Now they are all going to Juan-Les-Pins.

JUAN-LES-PINS: If your eyes are not sore to see lot of breasts on the beach, then you can gladly come here. Here women will be topless wandering the beach.
“And everyone is topless. Apparently, it’s not a rumor about French people. All I see around me are breasts. Big breasts, small breasts, lopsided breasts, old breasts, young breasts.”

I told you! Anyway, finally Sydney and Leela meet Matt and Jackson. After changing some plans, they finally see each other. Sydney and Jackson hit it off and now seem to be love birds. Somehow, Matt made peace with Leena. That doesn't mean they get back together, mind you. And now the love birds want their own time. So off they go to Monte Carlo.

MONTE CARLO: The place is filthy rich. If you want to be, then you can be with some good luck charms. Baby, Casinos are there. So who knows? Even I can be rich. So tell me about some good luck charms.

Of course, everyone hitched with them. Making friends on the go is amazing and tricky. It would be amazing, if you are blessed with some trusted ones. It would be tricky, because for all you know, you can be deceived by a serial killer. When he/she gets the chance, they will go for it.

JUAN-LES-PINS: We already talked about the beach.

And the fling comes to an end. A rift happens between friends. A panic situation arises for Sydney's family. Worst things happened and yet they are going to miss macarons. Go for it, girls! I will miss macarons too. Sigh

PISA: Ciao! We're sorry to inform you that there is nothing for sight-seeing other than the leaning tower. You could compensate by having selfies with it. Have a picnic nearby. We wouldn't mind.

FLORENCE: Come here if you want to die having our Pizza and Gelato. Your call. And we do have marvelous paintings and buildings to show off. You can enjoy it. You can feel the marbles that we, Europeans, are so much in love with. You can even make out with it.

Just now, I realised the fact that I'm traveling with them to enjoy the food and the places and not their dramas. HAHAHA

VENICE: Everything is water here. You can see water everywhere. Get on a boat and have a ride. If you don't like water, then don't come here. Not an order, just a warning.

CORFU: I don't remember what I saw here.

Anyway the Europe trip finally ended with Sydney trying to have a long distance relationship with Jackson because they both want it.

OVERALL: I appreciate this book’s appreciation for food. Because I was in love with the food featured here. Damn! I was hungry. Pizza, macaron, Belgian chocolates, gelato and even cheese. I'm going to miss you all.

MY RATING: Acceptable


  1. Ghehe, Amsterdam is stereotyped in this book! I've been in Amsterdam over 20 times, and although you have a neighborhood for the prostitutes and sex-shops, you have to LOOK for them. It's not that everybody is stoned and going to sexshows all the time, haha!! I can appreciate some exaggeration, because it makes people want to go to Amsterdam and they should, because it's beautiful!

    1. LOL! 20 TIMES! That was cool. Yeah, you need someone to tell you that Amsterdam is not like that. YOU did. And I already am pondering upon the fact how Amsterdam really is!


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