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Now that we’ve finally caught up on our summer travels, it’s almost time for the next adventure. D finishes training next week, and we’ll only have a handful of days afterwards to pack up and make final arrangements before departing for Eastern Europe.


Going from a large embassy in Nairobi to a small one in Chisinau will likely mean that we’ll have less flexibility for personal travel in the coming years. That hasn’t stopped S from purchasing half a dozen travel guides for various European countries and regions that will be within relatively easy reach. Lonely Planet was having a half-off sale and she initially picked out a dozen titles before bringing her enthusiasm down to a more realistic level.

Based on our initial research, Moldova itself does not have much of a tourism industry. For a European country, it is also fairly isolated, but we’ll still have direct — if expensive — flights to Paris, London, Vienna, Istanbul, and a host of other European cities, some of which might actually be familiar to you. Our wanderlust runs strong, so even before we wrapped up our U.S. travels we had multiple conversations about the travel possibilities in Europe.

We’ve found that the more we travel, the more we want to be traveling, and even as we checked a few items off our bucket list this summer, we came up with several new additions to our growing list:

  • We already had a few long-distance hikes on the list, but none on the West Coast, which include the epic Pacific Crest Trail and the more accessible John Muir Trail. Also, on a related note:
  • Spend some time non-car camping in the wilderness, and
  • Climb some of the higher peaks in the continental U.S., such as Mt. Whitney and Mt. Rainier, both of which we glimpsed on this trip


We have a handful of ideas for our European travels:

  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
  • Go skiing in the Alps
  • Sleep in a castle
  • Go to Oktoberfest in Munich
  • See the Cannes Film Festival
  • Sail in the Mediterranean

But we can certainly use some help expanding this list. What should we do in Europe?

Photo credit to Cam for the castle picture. 

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Visit Moscow!

    July 26, 2013
    • D spent ten years of his life in Moscow, so likely won’t happen on this assignment, but we agree it is an amazing city.

      July 26, 2013
  2. freedman121 #

    I would highly recommend Istanbul, and I’ve also heard wonderful things about Prague. I can’t wait to read about your upcoming travels!

    July 26, 2013
    • Thanks! We love Istanbul and can’t wait to go back. Prague is definitely on the list also :)

      July 26, 2013
  3. I live in france and strongly suggest calvi on the island of corsica

    July 26, 2013
    • Thanks for the recommendation! S has been to Corsica but isn’t sure if she’s visited Calvi. She thinks Corsica has the most beautiful beaches she’s ever seen (a strong claim as we’ve been to both Zanzibar and the Seychelles recently).

      July 26, 2013
  4. You are so lucky to be moving to Moldova! Europe is yours for the taking :-)

    I plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, it’s on my bucket list too. You should visit Edinburgh Scotland and climb Arthur’s seat, or participate in the Edinburgh festival in August, it’s brilliant, or you could be a part of Hogmanay (the New Year street party). You could visit the Scottish highlands as well.

    I went to Istanbul for a week in the first week of July, what an amazing city! Try that.

    July 27, 2013
    • Brilliant recommendations, thanks! S has been to Scotland and was in Edinburgh for the August festival. Arthur’s seat – now that’s a great idea. It’s going on the list.

      July 27, 2013

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