I thought, initially, that 2013 wasn’t a very eventful year. I watched as other friends travelled the world, got married, had children, got promoted, got published. But upon reflection I realised that this year was really a transition, or, if we should use that German word, a slide into the life I’m creating for myself.
Wherever and however you are celebrating today (or even if you don’t celebrate it at all), I wish you the happiest of days. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Four days ago, in Zurich, Switzerland, I found my way to my hostel without consulting my map; I had stayed there once before, in the summer of 2006, and I let my feet and my intuition guide me there from the main train station. The trip started off well, and I spent the afternoon with […]
These past few days, I’ve thought a lot about trip-planning. I’ve flip-flopped between being totally nonchalant about it (“I’ve got loads of time! It always works out, no matter what!”) to totally stressed about it (“I’m flying to Zurich in two weeks and I have planned NOTHING! I need flights, hostels, hotels, trains, buses, AND […]
Vienna, Austria A night at the opera. I remember standing in line with a mish-mash of other backpackers, hoping that there were still €2 standing-room tickets left. I remember thinking, “Will they let me in wearing flip-flops?” I remember hobnobbing with the other ticket-holders, drinking champagne and eating chocolate-covered strawberries, the songs of Mozart still […]