Well, the plans are set and I’m heading off for a crazy European tour next week.
My itinerary: London - Amsterdam - Prague - Berlin - Munich - Salzburg - Florence - Rome - Bern - Marseille - Paris. I’ve only got three weeks to do it all in, which is crazy, but it will be exhilarating.
We’ll be backpacking, taking the train everywhere (we have an unlimited 20-day pass), staying in youth hostels (or sleeping in trains), and mostly living as cheaply as possible. We want to absorb each city, but not necessarily through all of the typical tourist stuff. We want to enjoy local foods, visit as much as possible on foot, and take lots of notes and pictures.
I’m going to have fancy tea in London, see the Pope in Rome, enjoy sunrise in the Alps, and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. I never thought I’d get an opportunity to see so much!
And the best part of all? The wonderful man I met recently, and who I’m completely crazy about, is coming along. When he told me he’d miss me while I was away, since I’d be out of contact without internet access, I joked that he should come along. I almost fell off my chair when he said he’d love to! He’s even taking the bus 500 miles so he can leave from Montreal with me, on my flight. We won’t really have any alone time, since we’ll be with my friends and staying in hostel bunk beds, but it doesn’t matter. At least I’ll find out if he can put up with me when I’m whining about how much my feet hurt!
Last minute advice? Warnings? Well-wishes?
I’m giddy! I’m nervous! I have to pack!