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So far, this is the round up of where my sister and I will be staying and working during our trip. Being the visual person that I am, I had to make this dorky little map in order to organize my thoughts and be able to actually see our plans.
We have a little unexpected hiccup to work around, which occurred when two of Ashley's best friends got engaged a couple of months ago. So she will be leaving me for three weeks to fly back to California to be in both of their weddings*. I am trying to decide exactly what I am going to do during that time. I have a couple of ideas, such as Iceland, and I am definitely hoping to stay with my friend Jojanneke in Amsterdam - but if any of you have suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them!
No. 1 - Madrid, Spain
We fly into Madrid first, so we are going to stay there a few days before we jump into everything.
No. 2 - Mallorca, Spain
I have told you about La Serrania before, which just might be too good to be true. I can't believe March is so soon!
No. 3 - Cannes, France
Seven years ago, when Ashley and I first crossed the Atlantic and traveled around Europe, we passed through Cannes but never stopped to see it. Ever since then we've been curious, so we might take this time as a chance to take a look around. Although, I think we're both open to other ideas, so again - if you have any, please share.
No. 4 through 7 - Paris, Amsterdam, Iceland...?
Or something, until Ashley returns.
No. 8 - Amélie-les-Bains, France
Our good friends told us about La Fargassa, and it is one of the destinations I am most looking forward to. I have my fingers crossed that I'll get to help Madhu (the owner) out in the bakery.
No. 9 - Le Mans, France
Here we are planning to take a little time to unwind and stay for a weekend at our cousin's French country cottage.
No. 10 - Lozice, Czech Republic
Ashley just discovered Syyyr yesterday and emailed the owners about a work-stay opportunity with them. They confirmed this morning that we are welcome to come! I am really looking forward to this one, partly because it's in the Czech Republic - I am Czech myself and so have always wanted to visit there - and largely because I will get to learn how to make cheese and bread. Look here to see images of the farm and it's beautiful setting.
No. 11 - Munich, Germany
I am so thrilled to visit Germany again! This time, Ashley and I will stay with our dear friend's family prior to her wedding. That is, if we can be helpful and useful, rather than bothersome extra bodies. Following that week, we will celebrate the love of Viki & Sam and the promises they've made to each other in Austria. I can hardly wait for that! Afterwards, we plan to go camping in Austria with them and a couple more of our sweet ol' friends, Jess and Scott. After that, all I know is that a Sound of Music tour is definitely in order. But otherwise, who knows! Maybe we'll go home, maybe we won't?
There are still quite a few things to sort out and preparations to make, but even still it is pretty clear; I am going to have the time of my life!
*It seems everybody is getting married and/or having babies right now. Is anybody else experiencing this?? Have I been left behind?