21.04.2009 19 °C
When I first started telling people about my coming to Germany I got a lot of comments and congratulations. But, I also got a lot of "oh, you can travel in Europe as it is cheap". Now, I don't know where this cheap notion came from but let me tell you, it ain't at all!!
For instance, Barcelona almost bankrupted me..and I am not trying to be funny. I checked the balance of my cc after that trip and almost swallowed my tongue. I will have to learn to take cheaper trips from now on. Namely, doing day trips more often instead of overnights but of course, this can't be helped if I am in another country.
I would like to visit the following cities while here but....it will be hard to swing with the crap exchange rate, transportion and accomodations. Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome (maybe) and Zurich are all on my radar. As for Germany I would like to visit: Koln, Berlin, Munich, anywhere in the Black Forest, and Frankfurt. Now, how will I afford all this you ask? Like Carry from Baby Cakes said, "got me".
Just to give you an example of how unaffordable this place is, I just checked a flight from Stuttgart to Berlin for June and it was CAD 267.00. That's just the flight! I still have to find somewhere to sleep (Berlin is too far away to stay for 1 day) and eat. Oh, don't forget some euor's for little cheap tours (if there is such a thing there). That is inter Germany!
My friend told me today that they (him and his friends) only take abt 2 vacations per year even though they start with an average of 20-29 days of vacation when they start a job. One trip either in Germany and then the next, which usually blows the budget, within Europe or somewhere else. I guess money is an issue no matter which part of the world you live in.
In other news, the weather was gorgeous today. The sun was shining and it was hot and more summer like than spring. So far, I love Germany. Truly!!