Off to Germany and Hungary

I leave this afternoon for Berlin and Budapest. I won’t be back until late Friday night, and I probably won’t get online much during the week. I’m excited about seeing two new countries but I’m not so excited about flying. If only it weren’t so much cheaper and faster than taking trains. The liquid restrictions make me so incredibly angry (LIQUIDS CANNOT BLOW UP A PLANE!) and I hate the way flight attendants treat passengers. Granted, I would hate being a flight attendant and having to cater to random people all day long, but still…

I will have to fly again in January or February of 2009 when my brother gets married in the US, but I’m hoping to not fly anymore this year. At least I know in June we’ll be driving to southern Germany so I can co-present at a Writing Center conference in Freiburg and then head over to Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle. We’re also planning another road trip to Provence in July, to my beloved département de Vaucluse, but also to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Montpellier and Carcassonne. Thank goodness David has family in the south so we have a free place to stay!

My other travel plans include Rennes & Mont St. Michel in Brittany and the American Cemetery in Normandy. I figure 6 hours on a train isn’t too bad. Plus I’m still dying to see Prague and Dubrovnik. Not sure how I’d like spending 13 or 16 hours on trains though… Ooh, unless I could do Frankfurt & Dresden before Prague and Venice, Ljubljana, and Zagreb before Dubrovnik… Ahh, must find job and save money first!!!

But really, what’s the point of living in Europe if you’re not going to visit all these cool places that are so close? I know we won’t live here forever, so I’m trying to see as much as possible before it’s too late.

A vendredi soir !

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  • dw

    You really hate flying that much? I don’t mind it at all, but that may have something to do with the fact that I go mysteriously semi-comatose on moving vehicles so I don’t notice anything.
    And I recommend Prague, but make SURE it’s in the off-season. Carcassonne is also a lovely city, but probably better in the summer as it was FREEZING while I was there. I’ll be in Provence in June to see the lavender.
    Yay for travel!

  • dw

    You really hate flying that much? I don’t mind it at all, but that may have something to do with the fact that I go mysteriously semi-comatose on moving vehicles so I don’t notice anything.And I recommend Prague, but make SURE it’s in the off-season. Carcassonne is also a lovely city, but probably better in the summer as it was FREEZING while I was there. I’ll be in Provence in June to see the lavender. Yay for travel!

  • Katie

    The Mont St. Michel was MANIFIQUE! I really hope you get a chance to go there. It’s really impressive from a distance! However, the American Cemetery we tried to find using signs as a guide but all of a sudden they ended so we never got there. We did find the German cemetery though.

  • Katie

    The Mont St. Michel was MANIFIQUE! I really hope you get a chance to go there. It’s really impressive from a distance! However, the American Cemetery we tried to find using signs as a guide but all of a sudden they ended so we never got there. We did find the German cemetery though.

  • Au Soleil Levant

    Have a fantastic trip, sounds like it will be fabulous! Boy you have a lot of other travels planned. I totally agree that being able to travel is one of the best things about living here. Il faut en profiter!

  • Au Soleil Levant

    Have a fantastic trip, sounds like it will be fabulous! Boy you have a lot of other travels planned. I totally agree that being able to travel is one of the best things about living here. Il faut en profiter!

  • Linda

    I wish we would see more of Europe too but we always seem to get busy around the house and I need to find someone to take care of my cat.

  • Linda

    I wish we would see more of Europe too but we always seem to get busy around the house and I need to find someone to take care of my cat.

  • Justin

    I hope you have a nice trip! And be sure to let us know all about it. I have been to Hungary but not to Budapest, so let me know how it is.

  • Justin

    I hope you have a nice trip! And be sure to let us know all about it. I have been to Hungary but not to Budapest, so let me know how it is.

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