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Preparing for Europe

Hope this blog works while I'm gone!

This is it--the final week before heading out on my big adventure. I'll spend this week packing and prepping Kona for taking care of pets and house while I'm gone. Creating this blog is an important step--it will be used primarily to communicate with friends and family about my trip, but will also likely be used to satisfy some of the academic requirements of the German Literature and Culture course that I will be taking; which is, in fact, the reason for the entire trip.

At this point, I am not planning to take any electronic device with me, so actually contributing to this blog will be a challenge. I will have my phone--an ancient Android that takes horrible photos and whose battery dies easily. I won't be able to use it as a phone, but if I can connect to wifi, I may be able to get on Facebook, Skype, or hopefully this blog. I will have a decent camera--great for photos, but horrible for my neck, and I can't type on it or connect to the internet, so it won't help me there. My goal is to find an internet cafe at each location, where I can upload and post. While in Germany, the academic requirement is to write a short reflection of each day... if I can get to an internet cafe, I will post it here. If I cannot, I will write it manually.


12 July: depart from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ten and a half hours. Ugh.

13 July: arrive in Munich, Germany
While in Munich, I will be staying with my childhood friend Mark and his lovely wife Laura, whom I am very excited to finally meet. We'll traipse around the city, visit the Dachau concentration camp, and nearby castles, including Neuschwannstein.

17 July: arrive in Essen, Germany
Essen is the location of University of Duisburg-Essen, partner university to Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, where I am completing my MA in English. I'll be taking a 2-week course in German Literature and Culture. During these two weeks, we will be taking many day trips to learn about other German locations. These day trips are loosely scheduled, and may change according to various circumstances. As it stands now, this is the schedule:

First week: explore Bonn, Koln (Cologne), Dusseldorf, Aachen
24-26 July: travel to Berlin and spend the weekend there
Second week: explore Amsterdam (hopefully)
30 July: final day of class in Essen

31 July: arrive in Rome, Italy
I will fly from Dusseldorf into Rome, and check into a small flat close to the Colosseum. I'll spend the rest of the day visiting the ancient sites.

1 August: Vatican and the Heart of Rome
I have a morning Scavi tour scheduled at the Vatican. Since the Museums/Sistine Chapel do not open before then, I will have to wait until after the tour to see them--ugh. On a Saturday, in August, it's going to be crowded and hot, but I can't do anything about the timing. I should finish with the Vatican in the afternoon. After a brief rest, I will spend the evening doing Rick Steves' "Heart of Rome" walk: the Trevi Fountain (cross your fingers that the restoration is finished by then!), the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, etc.

2 August: Naples
I will catch a morning train from Rome to Naples, and spend the afternoon exploring the incredible Naples Archaeological Museum, home of most of the artifacts from Pompei and many other treasures. Afterward, I will do as much of Rick Steves' Naples Walk as I feel up to, then retire to my hotel room fairly early. I anticipate being exhausted and needing a rest, and Naples isn't really a place for me to be wandering alone at night.

3 August: Ercolano, Pompei, Sorrento
The morning brings another train, and I'll visit the ruins of Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Pompei before heading to Sorrento to stroll and relax and have dinner before catching a boat back to Naples for the night.

4 August: Naples to Munich to Vancouver to home
Travel day! Small plane Naples-Munich. Big plane Munich-Vancouver. Tram to downtown Vancouver. Bus Vancouver-Bellingham, WA (if I don't miss it; it's going to be close). Car from Bellingham-home.

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So happy for you! My great-niece is in Europe now. She's on the cusp of turning 21 and I see lots of "legal drinking" photos. LOL But also lots of beauty and culture and art -- I've never been to Europe but nearly had a major in Art History. So, yeah, I can't wait to tag along with you on your trip! Have a blast!

by Donna

Sounds busy, have a great trip. Please be safe and excited to see any updates and photos! Love you....

by Geri Porter

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