I've always liked the idea of discovering new places, but have hated the actual means of getting there. It could have been due to the fact that I had a tendency to get car sick if I wasn't sitting in the front seat. This was true when I was a child because we ALWAYS drove whenever we went on vacation; Disneyland...Vegas...Seattle...anyplace within pseudo driving distance. Once I entered college I decided to branch out in my traveling repertoire. I had been on a plane once when I was fourteen. It was a two hour flight to Vegas. Who goes to Vegas when they're fourteen?!? For spring break of 2003, my friend Dani and I decided that we were going to go somewhere crazy. Cue Japan. That's right...Japan. Going from a two hour flight to a seventeen hour flight...BIG DIFFERENCE! It's a long, exhausting flight from Portland, Oregon to Okinawa, Japan, but it was one of the best vacations ever. Seeing such a different culture was amazing and it only fueled my desire to experience more.
The following year Dani and I decided to keep it a little more local, so we headed south on a road trip to the Redwood National Forest, San Fransisco, San Jose, Monterey, and Carmel, California along the Pacific Coast Highway. The weather was beautiful and it was great to get out on the road and away from campus for a week. We took another road trip the following year (our last in college) and headed north. This time hitting up Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Colombia. Yet another great trip.
Once I graduated from college I headed over to Vienna, Austria for a teaching job. That's when I got a lot of traveling under my belt. It's so cheap to get around in Europe! Honestly, I feel like I left a huge portion of my heart in several places there and would move back in a heartbeat if the opportunity arose. Here's a few pictures from those trips. Enjoy!
Thus concludes an extremely brief trip to the major cities I've visited. Now I can honestly say that I don't get travel sick and I actually love flying on airplanes...despite the cramped space. Thank goodness I'm short and don't tend to have problems with leg room. Have a lovely evening fellow A-Zers and everyone else :)
|Nationalbibliothek...Vienna, Austria. Oh the books!|
|Bratislava, Slovakia...town square|
|Krakow, Poland...town square and Easter Market|
|Oswiecm, Poland...Auschwitz Concentration Camp|
|Prague, Czech Republic...Castle on the hill.|
|Venice, Italy during Carnival|
|Dublin, Ireland...O'Connell Street|
|Munich, Germany...Hofbrauhaus...delicious liters of beer!|