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.