I haven’t been blogging as much lately. That’s mostly because I’ve been so busy preparing for my next big adventure. That’s right, it’s time for the reveal. In a couple of days, I will be winging my way for a four week vacation in Europe! This is obviously very exciting and what with all the planning and bookings, not to mention my regular work schedule, I’ve been totally swamped.
This trip is going to be adventurous for a variety of reasons:
- I’ve never been to Europe before.
- I’ve also never been to a country where English is not the first language (I’m not counting Hong Kong because they were pretty much British for awhile). Sure, I’ve heard that most Europeans speak English to some extent, but this will be my first time in a situation where I pretty much won’t speak the native tongue.
- I finally get to try out the French that I’ve been learning over the past 4 months.
- I’m also going to be using only carry on luggage. This is a real challenge for me as I am one of those people who likes taking the kitchen sink. But I’m following Rick Steve’s advice and going light; 1 carry on and 1 backpack as my personal item. I’ll talk more about my pack list in a later post.
However I’ve been feeling odd. A part of me feels wierd that instead of travelling America, I’m paying a ton of money to visit a whole different continent. The other part argues that well, sometimes you just got to take life as it comes. I had a friend who wanted to travel Europe this summer and invited me to come along. I still don’t know anyone who wants to travel in the US, at least not until New Year’s. C’est la vie. I have made up a resolution to stay entirely within the US next year though.
Anyway, I better get to bed to try and kick this cold I caught last week.