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...
Plans come, plans go, and plans change, like anything else. Originally, the plan was for me to live in Venice, Italy for an extended period of time and work for a hostel booking website. After two months of living and working on the islands, my visitor visa time limit was up, and all of the paperwork and hoopla for a longterm work visa in the state of Veneto was unfinished, unguided and completely uncertain. The company hadn’t made long strides to further along the development, and instead, took one or two baby steps toward resolving the matter. So, all in all, it was time to move on again.
Although I’ve mentioned my first trip of the coming new year via Twitter, I thought it relevant to officially announce my trip and its tentative routing – henceforth, I officially announce that I will be road tripping around the USA with brief stops in Mexico and Canada in 2014. Now that’s out of the way... I’ve been touring around Europe for nearly six months now and I’ve had a growing feeling that I should see more of my own country when I get the next chance to. I’ve decided to finally put an expiration date on my current wanderings, as I’d really like to visit friends and family back home in Columbus, Ohio for the holidays. I’ll be touching down November 2nd at Columbus International. But without spoiling where I’ll be heading just yet, I thought it would be nice to update my current routing, prior to my return to the states:
It’s been a good while since I’ve published a travel update, but to be honest: it’s not for lack of traveling, there’s actually not a good reason, other than pure laziness... Perhaps that’s not fair to say, as I’ve been hard at work on a lot of other projects, but either way you look at it, I’ve been putting my travel updates on the back burner for the better part of two months. So bear with me, as I work to catch up on these suckers.
I had been stationed in Venice for a little over a month before I decided it was time to start exploring other parts of Europe again. After searching the web for a cheap flight, I decided on an area that I’ve been dying to visit for years. With years of experience heavily drinking Belgian beers and eating the import chocolates, I knew I had to visit before leaving Europe this time around. I was in Amsterdam last year, but didn’t have time to head south. I arranged to go for 4.5 days, which isn’t nearly enough, but I knew I had to make the best of it. So, I decided to travel much faster than I’m typically accustomed to – I wanted to fit in Brussels, Ghent and Brugge, with a possible stop over in Luxembourg.
Well, it looks as though Visa issues will cause my opportunity in Venice to come to a temporary halt. My employer has yet to work out my Visa details, which means I’ve had to work out a new alternative for my time abroad. So I’ve decided that since my Visitor Visa in the Schengen region of Europe is used up from my latest stint, I’ll continue traveling on. I have to remain conscious of my money supply at the moment, so I haven’t planned real far in advance, just in case I decide to return to the U.S.A. – or better yet, my Visa situation is cleared and I can return to Italy. I’ve been a bit confused the past few weeks, unsure of what to do or where I wanted to go. And after much thought, I wanted to choose a relaxed place to focus on my longhand story writing and other projects – somewhere away from the heavy bustle of loud tourists who seem to never sleep along the stone streets and canals of Venice.
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