Oh I am so excited. As an extra special send off, I am spending my last day at work during “Bring Your Kids to Work Day”. No please, never bring your kids to work. Ever.
My finalized itinerary is as follows:
Belgium – Sleeping in Geel for both Groezrock Fest and the pre-show, which is in Ham, Belgium . So excited for this. I will also have one night in Brussels. I wanted it to be Ghent but I waited to long to plan this out and I simply didn’t have the time to research it. Until I quit my job and travel forever, I will keep my Type A personality and never be able to travel freely without over planning.
Paris – I never wanted to go here. Now I am and oh hey, I’ll be there on a Monday when things are closed and also on May Day when things are closed. Grade A Type A fail.
Naples – I will be going to Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.
Rome – I am excited to cross the line into Vatican City and add it as another country I’ve visited on my list. It’s not cheating. I swear.
Bosnia – Sarajevo and Mostar. I may take a train one way between Sarajevo and Mostar as I’ve read it has really beautiful scenery even if it takes a lot longer than the bus.
Serbia – Sigh. After doing and redoing and doing and redoing and (insert more and more and more doing and redoing) this part of my trip, I am settled. I am going to Nis. I want to be in Nis so bad. It just took a while to get it to fit. I would like to thank my new laptop and its installation of Free Cell for working my brain to be able to solve the puzzle of how to do this. I am getting a partial overnight train ride on here. That’s a cross off on my “List of Things I Want to do So Badly in Life”.
Bulgaria – Oh so excited for this part of my trip. I knew NOTHING about this country when I started planning this trip. Now I know everything. I will be in Sofia, traveling to the Rila Monastery, Veliko Tarnovo and the place I am most excited for on this entire trip – BELOGRADCHIK. Let me post the picture again!
Then last stop, Istanbul. I still have no idea how to get there. I have so many routes printed out. Nothing is clear at all except that at one time, there was a train from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul. It may or may not be running due to construction. It may or may not leave at 23:04, 23:28, 00:04. There is also a bus…maybe. It may be run by Matpu or Oz Batu or maybe there’s two, one by each company. What time do these buses leave? Damned if I know. Matpu shows schedules from Plovdiv, not Veliko Tarnovo. Oz Batu doesn’t exist on the internet.
So that’s that. I can not wait!