I'm now in the final countdown until my big trip to Europe. I've bought my plane tickets, my travel insurance, and made all my hotel reservations (a major gaffe, I later learned, but this is my first trip outside the country).
I'm a little tentative, a little nervous, and a lot excited. I've wanted to travel for as long as I can remember, but couldn't--or wouldn't--for one reason or another. Now that my dream is becoming a reality, I'm practically vibrating with anticipation.
My itinerary, which is long and crowded, looks like this:
9/13-9/26--Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Irkutsk)
10/11-10/26--Italy (Padua, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Naples)
10/26-11/3--Greece (Athens, Paros, Crete, Delphi)
11/15-11/23--Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, daytrips to Cordoba and Seville)
11/26-11/28--Belfast, North Ireland
11/30-12/12--London, England (and surrounding towns)
Wow...if just typing it out makes me tired, I wonder how traveling it is going to feel! Nonetheless, I'll find a way to make it work. The thing I have to remember is that this is the trip of a lifetime, and I should treat it as such.