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It was another faux-Christmas morning in Ireland that yielded another fresh parcel delivered in the post. I grabbed the package from the front desk of my Galway hostel and I ran up to my room, trying to pry the lid open. Failing, I threw caution to the wind and I ripped the plastic to bloody hell, and lo and behold my jacket had arrived just in time. This time around I worked with Millets for this upgrade of my gear, and I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. The weather has started to change in Ireland to chillier temperatures and stronger winds, so it was time that I start dressing warmer. When I left for this current trek through Europe, I started in mid-April in Spain, where I traveled to Morocco, southern France and Italy following, so it only made sense to bring summery articles of clothing – and without going into detail, I was grossly unprepared for fall in Ireland, UK and Iceland!
After finding out that I was to leave Venice, Italy, I was a bit disappointed that I had yet to see quite a few nearby areas of Europe. So I decided to leave ten days earlier than my Schengen European visitor visa expiration date, to travel through a bit of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Ten days to travel each of these countries is ridiculous, I knew, but I really wanted to get a taste, if nothing else.
People ask Kris and me all the time about how we’re able to travel full time (at our age.)
Usually the people who ask us are living some variation of what used to be called “The American Dream”– a good job, a home in the suburbs, two cars, and a membership in the country club. That’s a life not too unlike the one we used to have.
Although I am heading back to the states in November to see family and friends for the holidays, I am actively planning a few road trips and small trips to various places around the country and possibly overseas. While some of my upcoming plans are up in the air a bit, as I speak with a few international tourist boards, I know surely that I will be making a trek to Nashville and Tampa to see a few of my best friends. When I left for Spain in April, a lot of my friends scattered throughout the country, with some landing in the country music capital of the world and another choosing to reside along the sunny, beachside coast of Florida. It’s interesting, because almost none of my friends (especially the ones I grew up with) are like me – it seems that no one but me had the wanderlust bug. Which is probably why some of my friends and family treated me like a virus when I first announced my intent to roam abroad for the next year. But I digress...
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