23.06.2009 13 °C
Since I posted about places I wanted to see but didn't have time for in Germany, I thought I would follow up with my wish list for Europe. Please don't get me wrong. My intention is not to only visit or live in Europe. Not at all but for all intense and purposes, I will keep it simple for now.
I know I will be asked, "why didn't you visit more countries outside of Germany?" when I return so to save some throats the trouble, let me tell you. The answer is very simply, dissatisfaction. I travelled on weekends so I only tasted a tiny bit of the country I entered leaving me feel dissatified and frustrated. I felt this when I was in Austria as I would have liked to visit more than just Salzburg. There were all these little towns I saw from my train that I would have loved to explore for one day but because of time restraints, I couldn't. I felt supreme frustration in Munich of all places. There was so much to do. I remember being on a bus (tour) being driven around and almost in tears because I wanted to see this and that (all of it!) but I couldn't as I had to get back on a train very soon.
Don't get it twisted. I am uber happy and know I am blessed to be given this opportunity but at the same time, I think the travel fire has been ignited in me. I want and NEED more.
Without further delay, here is my wish list places in Europe.
-eat waffles in Belgium
-Luxembourg just because it is so puny and cute
-Amsterdam. I was never interested in this country until I saw a special that Canadian actress Sonja Smits did on it. Now my interested is piqued.
-stay in a château and get drunk off good French wine in Bordeaux
-take a walk through and visit in depth Chaîne des Puys of Auvergne, France
-spend at least 14 full days exploring France in depth and eating and drinking all the wonderful regional foods and wines
-Taking the time needed to see all of the hidden treasures in London, England
-search for loch ness in the Scottish highlands
-spend one day in Prague visiting all the normal tourists traps and then capping off the night by watching Alice in Wonderland at the Black Light Theatre
-finally, finally, finally bask in the beauty that is Lake Bled (Slovenia)
-spend some time in crisp, cool and expensive Norway
-explore the walls of Troy and then delve into the underground city of Derinkuyu, Nevşehir Province, Tukey. Cap this journey off with a stay at a luxurious beach side resort for some serious R&R
-visit Susie's parents in Oporto, Portugal
-learn about the Tsar rule in Tallinn, Estonia
I think that is about it for Europe. You will notice that Italy and Greece are not part of my list. I have no desire to visit either of these countries. There is not one thing that attracts about these places.
Don't even get me started though on my list of countries I want to visit around the rest of the world. That is too long and involved. I feel like I am starving to see and do more now.