Dreaming of Winter: My European Travel Plans
Back in September, Nomadic Matt announced a contest to send one of his lucky readers to Eastern Europe for twelve days. At the time, I was suffering from the college blues and travel was always on my mind. However, from my little dorm room here at Rice, I didn’t know when I would have the option to travel again. After spending two months in the Philippines the summer before, I felt stuck here at school.
So when I read about Matt’s contest, I knew I had to enter. Why not? I figured if I didn’t win, no loss on my part. So, at 10 PM on a Tuesday night, I rounded up some friends and made a music video for a rap I wrote about how much I love traveling.
Here’s the video:
And on September 26, 2012, I received an email saying I’d won. A few days later, the official announcement came out and I started planning my trip.
So now, I’m headed to Europe for twelve days this winter, and I’m leaving on December 10. With just a few weeks left until my departure, I’ve really started thinking about what I want to accomplish to make the most of my trip without spending a ton of money. Here are some of the things I’m planning to do while I’m there:
Prague (by Proz.com)
Of course, I’m planning to visit Prague Castle and the surrounding areas. I also really want to see the the skeleton cathedral, Sedlec Ossuary, which is made of the remains of over 40,000 people. I plan to photograph the beautiful Astronomical Clock, which is famous for being very regal but extremely difficult to read. Prague is also famous for its art, so I hope to check out some of the art museums and exhibits throughout the city.
Something that has always fascinated me is cathedrals and their history. Prague just happens to be full of them. I am extremely excited to journey to the “city of spires” and learn about the history of this gorgeous city.
Vienna (by Hostels Club Blog)
History, architecture, and art all blend together in this majestic city. I hope to visit the various cathedrals and historic sites such as Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace. Also, Vienna is famous for its music scene, which I am hoping to explore by going to the Opera and other, smaller shows. As a violinist, Vienna is a dream city, and I’m hoping to check out the Vienna Symphony while I am there!
I’ve been dreaming of Christmastime in Vienna for over a month now. Why? Because of the beautiful and world-famous Christmas markets. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to visit this city during such a wonderful time of year, and I will definitely spend a significant chunk of time exploring these seasonal markets.
Budapest (by Four Seasons)
Budapest is famous for its baths, which are present throughout the city, and I’ll definitely check those out. I’m also planning to visit Castle Hill to see the spectacular views of the city. Of course I’ll make my way to the Royal Castle, and hopefully to the House of Terror to learn about the fascinating history of terror practices.
One of the things that excites me most about Budapest is the ruin bars. These bars are made out of renovated, abandoned buildings. Local artists and bar owners decorate the inside of these buildings with colorful lighting, artwork, and vintage furniture.
Of course, I’ll take plenty of photographs, meet plenty of people, and play Snapdragon a bit too. And I’ll bring you all along for the ride as well. In just a few weeks, I’ll be headed to this beautiful area of the world, and I couldn’t be more excited to explore it.
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