Okay, I know I’ve been quiet for a while on this blog but I want to talk about my plans for the coming Spring Break and what I plan to do. So, seeing as I have 12 days (14 days if I push skipping classes in school (which I probably will)), my plan it go hit Europe backpacking. Now, I don’t want to go see the big cities as is usually the case. I want to go travel and explore the smaller towns and the countryside of Europe. I met up with an Italian friend of mine and he gave me some pretty solid advice. Now, keep in mind that I always over-romanticize stuff in my head and try to do too much so this is still a tentative list. But, if this works out… oh, man!
Okay, so since I’m in Istanbul right now, first stop would be Budapest. The most European of European cities. Stop here for a day, take in the sights, hit all the museums I can and basically try to take in the culture of this wondrous city.
Next stop will be Vienna (hopefully!). I’ve heard so much and read so much about the art scene in Vienna. I can’t wait to see the architecture of the cathedrals with the massive domed ceilings, be amazed by the handiwork of Jasper John’s and just sit back and take in this wondrous, illuminated city at night.
Elegance. Grit. Two sides, one city. My friend who’s helping me plan this trip is from Bologna so he absolutely insisted I go here. The Asinelli tower in Bologna gives you a 360 degree view of the entire city. That’s some Assassin’s Creed shit right there. Apparently this is a city that is very student friendly, packed with bars, pubs and cafes. Good way to start off the Italian leg of my journey.
This is one of the cities I’m most excited to see. Like I’ve already mentioned in this post, I hopelessly romanticize stuff and that never helps but every time I hear the name Florence mentioned, it evokes such strong reactions in me. Like I imagine a river canal running through a city with old buildings whose walls are lined with white flowers that are growing off of branches which are creeping along the old stone walls of this magnificent city. Truly excited to see this marvel.
La beautè de la France is up next. I intend to take a train across the south coast of France and try to take a look at three big cities on this coast, Marseille, Monaco and Montpellier. All three absolutely wonderful in their own right and each one with a very different cultural and scenic perspective.
Time permitting, I would love to go and see Bordeaux and the dune la Pilat on the west coast of France, but that seems like it would be a little bit out of the way.
Spain is a country I have always wanted to see, more for it’s rich football heritage (a sport I’m a huge fan of), but this will still be a great opportunity to soak up the Sun and just kick back and relax and take in the sights. I want to go to Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga here. I’m definitely going to keep trying to get off at random points to take in the sights but these are the main places.
This is a city that I’m not a 100% convinced will be worth seeing. I’ve only put it on here because my friend told me I absolutely had to go there because it was one of the most beautiful cities he’d seen. To be quite frank, I don’t really know too much about Lisbon but here’s hoping it’s a good time there.
Now, here’s a bit of a dilemma. I won’t be able to do both Berlin and Munich. Although, to be quite fair given my time constraint of two weeks, I won’t be able to do half the cities on this tour. But, I think I’d rather see Berlin than Munich the first time around because it’s supposed to be more of a cultural center and also because it will make it easier to get to…
Now, I know this is a bit of a stereotype that people in Netherlands spend all their time high. And one that was quashed by a Dutch friend of mine for me. But goddammit, I can’t wait to get to Amsterdam and get high as balls and take a bicycle ride through the countryside. I’m really excited about this! Of course, I also do want to go through the museums and art galleries and nightlife Amsterdam has to offer but I love smoking up outdoors and this seems like the perfect opportunity.
Well, there you have it. My list of places I want to see and things I want to do on my first time backpacking through Europe. Now, I know this list seems unrealistic for two weeks and it is. This is just a “bucket list”, a list of places I’d love to do if I had the time. I’m so excited for it to get started though!
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