Looking Ahead to 2010

Winter seems to be over already. Those 3 days of cold and snow were enough. Now it’s rainy and nearly 50 F, which is fine by me since I only like winter in North America. One good thing about not going home for Christmas is not getting stuck at airports or train stations like so many people did this past weekend. So it’s a good thing we stayed in France this year (I keep telling myself…)

I’ve decided I would really like to travel – hopefully to a warmer place – during winter break in February. I’m looking into Madrid and Lisbon for a few days, but I’m not sure if David can come with me and I really hate traveling alone.

My university has its spring break in mid-April, and then one more week of classes, which I think is quite stupid. I should finish my classes on April 22 and since I have no exams to administer for the second semester, I will be on vacation! I’m already planning a trip to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany (with quick stops across the border in Lille & Strasbourg) with Michelle for June. Then David & I are planning on going to Quebec in July.

I was thinking about Croatia for May. Plane tickets from Geneva to Split are only 25€!!! Anybody wanna be my travel buddy??

Thinking about traveling seems to cheer me up a little. Countries are so close together in Europe and plane tickets can be so cheap. I haven’t left France (or even Rhône-Alpes) in four months and I’m getting a bit too restless. I’m tired of just sitting around in Chambéry feeling bored because the weather is crap and there’s not much to do. It’s still my goal to visit at least 3 new countries every year, so let’s see if I actually make it to Portugal and Croatia (Luxembourg is definite, at least).

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  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com/ anne

    si hate travelling alone too, in fact the thought of doing it used to make me panic, but I did go and stay in Paris on my own this year, strangely , I looked after a friends apartment and her cats, but I had only met her once!! Right out of my comfort zone, but it was amazing.

    You should visit my friends blog Leesa, News from France, she goes everywhere and she has just been to Madrid, and lisbon ,and strasbourg..you should visit her blog.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com anne

    si hate travelling alone too, in fact the thought of doing it used to make me panic, but I did go and stay in Paris on my own this year, strangely , I looked after a friends apartment and her cats, but I had only met her once!! Right out of my comfort zone, but it was amazing.

    You should visit my friends blog Leesa, News from France, she goes everywhere and she has just been to Madrid, and lisbon ,and strasbourg..you should visit her blog.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com/ anne

    sorry that first word is meant to be HI
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Wonderful Christmassy day out in Colmar =-.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com anne

    sorry that first word is meant to be HI
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Wonderful Christmassy day out in Colmar =-.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com/ anne

    Me again , sorry, I just noticed you follow Leesa, whats my brain doing to me :-)
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Wonderful Christmassy day out in Colmar =-.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com anne

    Me again , sorry, I just noticed you follow Leesa, whats my brain doing to me :-)
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Wonderful Christmassy day out in Colmar =-.

  • http://www.crystalgoestoeurope.blogspot.com/ crystal

    you just need to schedule a day trip for Luxembourg…it’s super small and there’s not much to do. And everything is super expensive. Id go with you to croatia in may but im already going home for a few weeks then!

  • http://www.crystalgoestoeurope.blogspot.com crystal

    you just need to schedule a day trip for Luxembourg…it’s super small and there’s not much to do. And everything is super expensive. Id go with you to croatia in may but im already going home for a few weeks then!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @crystal: An afternoon in Luxembourg on the way back to Paris was the plan. I just wanted to see it since I’ll be in the area and say that I’ve been there. :)

    @Anne: I get so bored traveling alone. No one to talk to! Especially when I’m flying, I like to have someone with me. I love Leesa’s blog. Her photos are so pretty!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @crystal: An afternoon in Luxembourg on the way back to Paris was the plan. I just wanted to see it since I’ll be in the area and say that I’ve been there. :)

    @Anne: I get so bored traveling alone. No one to talk to! Especially when I’m flying, I like to have someone with me. I love Leesa’s blog. Her photos are so pretty!

  • http://www.merlinmontblanc.blogspot.com/ Karen

    If you decide to go to Lisbon, let me know. We rented a cute little studio apartment last may for 4 days in a completely adorable quartier. It’s a french guy that lives in Lisbon, he renovated 3 apartments himself and now rents them out. I totally understand the travel bug!

  • http://www.merlinmontblanc.blogspot.com/ Karen

    If you decide to go to Lisbon, let me know. We rented a cute little studio apartment last may for 4 days in a completely adorable quartier. It’s a french guy that lives in Lisbon, he renovated 3 apartments himself and now rents them out. I totally understand the travel bug!

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I wish I could say winter is over but I’m afraid it’s only starting here… months of the white stuffs kind of depresses me.

    You should check out Croatia, I’ve heard it was super cool.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Château Laurier =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I wish I could say winter is over but I’m afraid it’s only starting here… months of the white stuffs kind of depresses me.

    You should check out Croatia, I’ve heard it was super cool.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Château Laurier =-.

  • http://emaillard.canalblog.com/ Manu

    Hey. First, merry christmas. I’m now back to France, annemasse for family and lyon for getting a job. I just quickly read your last message. Just a n advice.you may prefer lisbon to madrid in february, for weather, interest and beauty…Well of course madrid is also interesting, but far not from cities such as granada or barcelona. and the weather is cold in winter (continental). i’m gonna read your blog little by little, it’s also good for my english level ! Bye and of course…merry christmas !
    .-= Manu´s last blog ..Guyane – Une journée à Montsinéry-Tonnégrande =-.

  • http://emaillard.canalblog.com Manu

    Hey. First, merry christmas. I’m now back to France, annemasse for family and lyon for getting a job. I just quickly read your last message. Just a n advice.you may prefer lisbon to madrid in february, for weather, interest and beauty…Well of course madrid is also interesting, but far not from cities such as granada or barcelona. and the weather is cold in winter (continental). i’m gonna read your blog little by little, it’s also good for my english level ! Bye and of course…merry christmas !
    .-= Manu´s last blog ..Guyane – Une journée à Montsinéry-Tonnégrande =-.

  • june

    Hello. 25 Euros. I am a lot North but do you think you can share the website? Thanks.

  • june

    Hello. 25 Euros. I am a lot North but do you think you can share the website? Thanks.

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