In two weeks I’ll be checking my 55 litre backpack, and a medium, red duffle bag, at the Toronto airport, and boarding an Air Transat flight, bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It’s incredibly exciting – even if that means that my flight does not include free snacks or drinks – and a little mind blowing. You see, aside from Paris – and the inside of the Amsterdam airport – I have never been to Europe. I know, it’s a crime!
I have planned several trips to Europe over the years. I’ve read guidebooks, blogs, and magazines. I’ve made spreadsheets, and drooled over websites like Eurail, and P & O Ferries – yes, I drooled over transportation websites, they inspired me. Unfortunately, my bank account kept me anchored to where I was, until now!
Charlie and I have decided to start the Mongol Rally in Prague, Czech Republic (for a variety of reasons), but the thought of only seeing Europe during the rally killed me. I’m finally going to Europe – OMG now I find myself looking into the European hotels, and drooling. I can’t just go, and see a little bit of it!! So, I’ve partnered with Eurail, to explore even more of Europe, before the Mongol Rally starts. OMG I am so excited. I feel like a 5 year old, standing in the world’s biggest toy store. There is so much to see, to do, to experience, to buy. I want it all. I want to eat croissants that melt in my mouth. I want to explore medieval towns. I want to visit famous sites, and discover quiet corners. I want to sit on a train, watch the scenery roll by, and feel the inspiration move from my brain, to my finger tips, and then into my journal (or laptop).
It’s possible that I’m too excited. Narrowing down an itinerary is proving to be a challenge, not to mention deciding on whether to take night trains, stay in hostels, or splurge on a private apartment rental. So many decisions!! I swear, it’s like I’ve never traveled before. It’s quite funny – to me at least!
At the moment my plan is this… fly into Frankfurt, find a place to sleep for two nights. I need at least two days in the city so I can apply for my Uzbekistan visa (please, no lectures. My visa challenges are a long story, which I may tell at a later date), after that, I have no idea. I’d love to visit Venice, and return to Paris (for croissants, of course), possibly go to Leitchinstien, or maybe Belgium. Maybe I could pop by Barcelona, of dip into Slovenia, or Austria. Then again, I could venture up to Copenhagen, or take a boat from Barcelona to Italy.
Obviously, I have not narrowed anything down. Maybe I should just go to Frankfurt, get my Uzbekistan visa for the Mongol Rally, and then figure out where to go, and what to do.
Oh, Europe, why do you tempt me?
I have limited time in Europe, a 1st Class 10 day Global pass, and an open itinerary, where should I go?!