29 Jan This Pommie is Getting Ready for Summer
Christmas & New Year are over, January’s at an end…and in my books that means it’s time to start looking forward to Europe Summer! Yes we’ve finally started the uphill climb to May, when the tourists start to arrive in dribs and drabs. Goodbye Ugg boots, so long scarf, adios frostbite!
Being from the UK, the rest of Europe is pretty much on my doorstep, but that doesn’t stop me getting excited about it. I love the way Europeans suddenly come out of hibernation, and people are instantly transformed from moody and cynical to ridiculously jolly as soon as they see one ray of sunshine. The temperature finally makes it above 15 degrees, and whilst that would be considered cold to some people in other countries, Europeans rejoice by revealing their pasty white legs and wearing flip flops. The Americans start coming over for their two week Spring Break vacations or their study abroad schemes, and the Ozzies pile off the buses for a summer of partying and festivals. Aaah how I missed you Europe summer.
So for the plans. I’m meeting up with a friend of mine in Salzburg in April where we’re going to be even more dorky than we already are and go on a Sound of Music tour. I’m guessing I’ve seen the movie somewhere between 10 and 20 times throughout my childhood, and I’ll confess I do love the songs!
I’m not sure I can promise we’ll be gallivanting around Austria wearing curtains and singing Doe-Ray-Me, or belting out “The Hills Are Alive” on a hilltop somewhere, but we will be visiting the locations used in the movie. The tour promises to take us to the Mondsee Cathedral where Maria marries the Baron, Nonnberg Abbey convent where Maria was a novice nun, Leopoldskron Castle which was used for the Von Trapp family home, the Mirabel Gardens where Maria and the children dance around singing do-re-mi, Hellbrunn Castle where the famous glass pavilion has been reconstructed for fans, and Lake Fuschl, which was in the scenery shown at the beginning of the movie. For 37 euros I’m not complaining that seems like a pretty good deal- I’m not usually into tours but funnily I’m up for one of the most ‘uncool’ tours you could possibly think of.
From Salzburg we’ll head down to Slovenia by train which I’m really excited about because the pictures look beautiful. Just been looking at where to go and aside from the capital city of Ljubljana (I’ll never be able to say that!), we’ll probably check out Lake Bled and Koper and Piran on the Adriatic, as well as some other cool sights. I’m ending my mini Europe trip in Venice; I’ve been to Milan, Florence and Rome so I wanted to squeeze Venice in this time round.
I’m really stoked about this trip- I’ve been back in the UK for 5 months (WOW, just counted that on my hand it went fast) and barring weekend trips to Belgium and Paris, it’s the longest I’ve been at home in over two years. So this will be my first longer trip in a while and the best thing about it is I’ll be reunited with an awesome friend I met in Portugal.
Not sure what I’m up to after that, I’m being a bit more cautious this year because I’ve got quite a lot of projects starting up and work matters to be getting on with, and whilst travel is really fun, I find it easier to get a lot more done when I stay in one place for a while without distractions. Working remotely does inevitably affect the way in which you travel. I’ve got to fork out on a new laptop and equipment, so I’m not really budgeting to go much further than the Easyjet or Jet2 networks can take me. (Forget Ryanair after the last incident….)
Anyhow I’ve entertained the thought of going to Portugal for a couple of months which is where I went last summer. Rent is super cheap there, food and alcohol are far below the prices in the rest of Western Europe, and with blue sky and beaches everywhere, you can’t really go wrong. A bunch of friends are heading back over there so that’ll probably seal the deal for me.
As for future long-haul trips, I’m thinking my next jaunt might take me to the States to do New York, Kansas and California. But we’ll see, sometimes the dilemma of making so many friends around the world is you’re spoilt for choice over who to visit next!!! Anyhow watch this space…