So a while back it occured to me that planes don't just fly around North America, where I've done the lions share of my traveling over the past several years - they go to places like Europe. I? Could go there.
So I am sitting in the Maple Leaf Lounge at the Edmonton Airport waiting for time to board (the flight goes at 1025 but the check-in lady told me I could priority board starting at 9:30. That seems early to me. I guess to maximize your business class experience?)
I have been running like a headless chicken for the past several days, piling things I wanted/needed to take, packing a backpack for the first time (eesh) and trying to get enough done at work that I won't feel like a total heel for buggering off for 2 weeks.
Upon reflection, 2 weeks isn't a hell of a lot of time to spend in Europe, and I've totally overcommitted myself on countries, but whatever.
So here's my plan for the next couple weeks. Fly to London. Get from Heathrow to Gatwick. Fly to Madrid.
Chill in Madrid. See some bulls run.
Fly to Athens. Wander around, possibly to Santorini where I may try diving in the Aegean Sea. Why not, right?
Then a weekend in Amsterdam (as you do) followed by a brief stay in Paris and then I will travel through the Chunnel to London. I want to see Stonehenge, Bath, some palaces and eat some fish and chips.
Greek salad in Greece. French fries in France. I am far too amused by this. I don't even really like Greek salad but it seems the thing to do, I suppose.
I have planned more for this trip than any other recent trip in my memory. I am carrying all my crap on my back. This requires planning, since my back sucks. I expect I will be posting here as I travel.
I ran into a friend at Tim Hortons this evening and she was just so impressed with me for wandering off on my own. I guess it's just normal to me - I don't see anything special about it but it is nice to have people think you're awesome.
I've just downloaded a crapton of travel books to my kindle and I will decide where I need to go when I get to where I'm going.
I am excited.