This coming Friday I will embark on a crazy exciting trip to Europe, so this is my last week in the US for a good couple of months. I know I’ve mentioned it a bit in a few posts, so now is as good a time as any to get into the details.
As many of you know, my family moved to Washington from Moscow, Russia, so we’ve been going back there to visit the rest of the family and friends. So on Friday I’m flying down there to see my grandparents and some old friends. The week after that my lovely boyfriend will arrive to Moscow, and I will show him around there. Hopefully it won’t be too hot! Moscow is such a beautiful city, especially the old town, so I hope he will enjoy it. From my experience I know I’m not a very good guide, as it’s very hard to translate things I’ve known in Russian for years into English on the spot, so it looks like I’ll be using a guide book myself. I’m picking the Top 10 Moscow Mini Travel Guide since we will only have 4 or 5 days in the city, plus my parents gave me some great tips! Stay tuned if you like to see some photos and such :)
After Moscow we will be flying to Munich and traveling between there and Salzburg for the next 6 days. It will be exciting, we’re planning on visiting the Neuschwanstein castle (the real version of Sleeping Beauty’s castle), Dochau concentration camp (dark, but needs to get done I think) and of course The Sound Of Music Tour in Salzburg! I’ve never been in the South of Germany, so hopefully there will be some other treats in the evenings after our day trips as well!
Alright, moving on to Cologne to see my friend and then up to Amsterdam for a couple of days. I bought a Rick Steves’ Pocket Amsterdam Guide, since I’ve had very good luck with it in Paris. I personally don’t care for the tips or hotels since we actually found those on our own, but I do enjoy the way he organizes the book in walking tours. We will pick our three favorite ones for each day and follow the guide/map to see the city.
Next we’re flying from Amsterdam to London through RyanAir. Has anyone ever used this airline in travels? I never have and turns out it’s very limiting in the amount of stuff we can bring with us. Right now my belongings fit into a big backpack but I have a feeling that my bad shopping habits will change that. From London we fly to Dublin for a few days, and then back to London for a day. I don’t have much experience with Irish culture, so this will be all of boyfriends’ planning. Fingers crossed!
Also, I recently received a great book on study tips by Judy Fishel, called “Straight A’s are NOT Enough”. I’m planning on reading it on the long plane flights from the US to Moscow and back. This book includes a lot of tips for studying and explains why learning is much more than just plain memorization. This topic is near and dear to my heart, since for the last few weeks I’ve been just ‘getting by’ in my classes without actually learning. I have big hopes for this book, so stay tuned for a review and a giveaway in the next couple of weeks!