Kina Grannis Tour Diary #2: Chocolate, Paris, Storybook Experiences!

Writing from my hotel in Germany. It’s crazy to me that over two weeks on tour have already passed. This tour was always so far off in the future, so not real to me, and now it’s over halfway done. Shows have continued to be sold out and packed with energy and the people have been amazing. The meet and greets have been full of powerful stories and letters, so much warmth, and wow–chocolate to last me the next year. Thankfully the entire Grannis clan are chocolate fiends so I’ll be able to share it all with them come the holidays.

Paris was rainy but just as beautiful as I’ve imagined it to be. We hit up all the classics, the Louvre (but only had time to stare at the outside of it), the Arc de Triumph, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame. They all seemed so much bigger and impressive seeing them in real life. I’m going to get in trouble for saying this, but one of the big highlights for me was getting the chance to feed sparrows bread crumbs out of my hands. I know–how dare i say that! It’s not that everything else wasn’t amazing–it was very much so–it’s just that all my life I’ve had this thing where I see a cute bird and I reach out my hand and invite it to come land on me. It never does. But on this special day, thanks to the bread crumbs and the guy that apparently taught them to have no fear, I had tiny adorable sparrows landing in my hand left and right. Happiness 🙂 The show got a little ridiculous as I slowly started recalling words from my high school french education–“pomme de terre!”–yeah, screaming out “potato” mid-song… that’s how I roll.

To follow the trend, Amsterdam was also rainy, but I managed to spend a good amount of the day wandering around as well. I will never get over how cute this city is. It feels like Disneyland or a movie set to me… the canals, the bridges, the trees… it just feels so perfect, it’s amazing to think people actually get to live there. Unfortunately my stories are few in Amsterdam because I started worrying that I was getting sick, and spent the rest of the time holed away in my hotel room drinking water and staying warm.

We didn’t have much time in Zurich, just a day, and I really wish I had had more. This place looked like it was out of a story book. We managed to go on a run in a forest right next to the hotel, though, and oh my goodness, it was so beautiful. I have a lack of forests in my life.

It’s time for me to run, I have some radio interviews today! Hope you all are well.