Last night I couldn’t sleep. I was up for two hours. I even got up and blogged about my Austin Marathon frustrations. I also thought about all the places I really would like to revisit with Greg. I was lucky to have done a bit of traveling when I was in college. Living in London made it possible to hop over to various cities for long weekends. That convenience is one of the benefits I am looking forward to the most.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ireland. I’ve been three times and can easily see myself owning a B&B on the west coast. In ’01, I stayed in Killarney for four days and the weather was crazy beautiful: 70s and sunny. I rented a bike and rode to a nearby castle. I stayed at a hostel that was beside a pub. Heaven. And the Ring of Kerry is by far the lushest, greenest place I have ever been too. Gorgeous. Looking forward to going on a picnic with my honey. Can you picture us sitting on the mountain below?
While in the hostel in Killarney I asked a fellow backpacker about whereabouts I should go in Switzerland. He suggested Lauterbrunnen, saying it was well known for its numerous waterfalls. Waterfalls? I was sold. I got there and remained in awe until I left. Adventure sports were popular in the area so I decided to go paragliding right by those amazing waterfalls. Heaven. Now, I don’t think I will be paragliding soon because I decided long ago that I want to go sky jumping in Switzerland for my 3-0. Here’s hoping we don’t chicken out.
During my graduate study in London I didn’t get to travel outside of England that much. I managed to go to Bologna, Italy (with the sole purpose of eating bolognese spaghetti) and Barcelona via Girona, Spain. Barcelona is wonderful, goes without saying. But Girona…it’s a very romantic city in Catalonia, Spain. The city streets are all mostly cobbled. The alleys narrow and curvy. Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Prague is the farthest east I’ve traveled in Europe. The castles there and in the surrounding area reminded me of something I would see in a Brothers Grimm fairytale.
And finally there’s Edinburgh, a city I see us visiting a lot sooner than the others since it’s just a train ride away.
I guess we will have to start saving our pennies because I have another list of places I want to discover together. But that’s for another post.