Friday, August 1, 2014

the open road (in Europe) soon

Going out of town the last 3 weekends has been lots of helpful practice for when I go to Germany in LESS THAN A MONTH!!! Lots of opportunities for how/what I am going to pack, and what I am now deeming unnecessary.

Last year when this was still a pipe dream, Yannick, Magdalena and I were talking about what I'd like to see if I made it to Germany. Me, the ever crazy one blurted out, "EVERYTHING. I want to see as many countries as I can, in the time I have with you." We laughed about this not too long ago, until we got to talking in a Facebook message between the 3 of us where we all agreed that we'd be game for an EPIC roadtrip. I LOVE roadtrips. They are one of my absolute favorite things on the planet. And doing it with some of my friends IN EUROPE! Could my life be any better!?!?

So, I read travel books and make half-assed notes in my journal. I shock people when they saw, "So, what are you going to see? Which cities are you going to hit up" to which I reply, "I'm not really sure. Honestly, I don't really care what I see as long as I'm in Europe and I'm with my friends."

This drives people nuts. I think that many of us Americans are Type-A travelers who need a sense of agenda. No time wasted. Cram, cram, cram it all in. And believe me, I'm not above it, I've done it, but looking back on those vacations (Australia, 1996), I realized that the most sacred moments that will still be with me when I'm 90 years old were the pure, unscripted moments--seeing the Milky Way and Southern Cross above us as we lay in the dirt in the Outback; an impromptu hike on an all coral beach. So, as I spend my final weeks not planning, other than which music to burn onto CD, since the car we'll be driving isn't iPhone compatible but has an old CD player, I choose to focus instead on getting ahead at work and making sure my house is stocked for the Armageddon in cat food and litter.

Has anyone out there done a roadtrip in Europe? And if so, what route did you follow? 

Found this really fun list of tips for travelers.

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