And it’s time for Europe again

1 Sep

I have been fascinated with Europe for a while. It all started in 2004 when my BFF, P first moved there and started sending postcards and sharing stories of a gorgeous world full of snow-clad mountains, fairy tale castles, scenic lakes, etc etc. All her stories created an image of a wonderland in my mind and I resolved to visit it as soon as I could collect some money. And as Paulo Coelho said in The Alchemist β€œif you truly want something, then the entire universe conspires in helping you achieve it” – well, mine sure did. After numerous failed plans, my first international trip was to Spain in 2006. And with this trip, the fascination increased.

Italy

Italy

In 2011, I managed another trip and visited a small part of Eastern Europe and some parts of Central Europe. You can read more on the planning and routing for that trip here. This trip was extremely special as it was the first international trip that I and my sister planned completely on our own, traveled across 5 countries alone (apart from a small part that we did with P and J) and managed Europe within a commendable budget. This trip did wonders for our confidence, helped us put our lives in the right perspectives, gather numerous priceless experiences and broadened our outlook towards new things. But best of all this trip got us to fall in love with travel itself and helped me set up my travel blog. πŸ™‚

Central Europe

Central Europe

In 2013, we decided to visit this wonderful continent again, but this time we decided to explore more of Eastern Europe. We decided to start this trip from Prague again and end it at P’s house in the Netherlands. We had been to Prague in 2011 but visited it again, as the tickets were cheapest from there. During this trip we planned to visit the following countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Netherlands. But as the saying goes, β€œthe best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, ours did too. The changes started while we were on the trip and instead we ended up visiting – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium. While I liked what I did, I was very sad on missing Croatia and hope to be able to visit it soon πŸ™‚ (though the current INR depreciation does not make that plan viable anytime soon :()

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe

This trip was even better than the previous one as we were much better prepared and knew some parts of our ways. We saw some beautiful places (some gorgeous & some tragic), met some amazing people (who went out of their way to help us), made some stupid mistakes and did some crazy things (was on a street for a night in Hungary), had some amazing local food (all kinds of cuisines), used all kinds of transport, shopped for all kinds of stuff, but most of all had numerous adventures that make quite interesting stories.

So follow this space as I share these various stories and tips from my 2013 Europe visit and travel with me as I live my vacation all over again. πŸ™‚

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24 Responses to “And it’s time for Europe again”

  1. chelseainheels September 1, 2013 at 23:03 #

    That’s funny about the “best laid plans”… every time my bf and I go to Europe we end up on a different path than planned too! Can’t complain though… we’ve always had a blast!

    WanderingInHeels.com

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    • getsetandgo September 1, 2013 at 23:12 #

      We had a good time too but the problem is that I am a compulsive planner and such last minute change in plans drives me nuts πŸ™‚

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      • chelseainheels September 1, 2013 at 23:16 #

        Hahaha, that’s so funny! You are exactly like my bf. Nothing’s wrong with being a compulsive planner though! Nothing would get done otherwise!!

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      • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:42 #

        That’s so true πŸ™‚ We are the backbones of any trip πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. Aditi September 2, 2013 at 00:32 #

    Wow…awesome can’t wait to read about it!! My hubby really wants to visit Europe…hope it happens soon…saving on & fingers crossed!

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    • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:42 #

      Thanks Aditi and I hope you can visit soon. Its a world in itself.

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  3. Juliana Lightle September 2, 2013 at 07:22 #

    For some reason, Europe is way down on my list of places to go, except maybe Spain or Portugal. Hmmmm. Love your photos, however.

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    • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:43 #

      Thanks Juliana πŸ™‚ Maybe you can be inspired to travel to Europe through my posts πŸ™‚

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  4. Abhra September 2, 2013 at 13:20 #

    I can’t probably say how much I envy you for having traveled through Europe in such an elaborate fashion. Loved your post and your photos. I spent a very long time in UK, but because UK visa won’t let you go to Europe – a lot of my dreams remain unfulfilled.

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    • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:49 #

      Thanks Abhra, I haven’t been to UK but I really want to visit it for all my favorite literary authors. Is it difficult get a Schengen visa processed from UK for Indians?

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  5. jahidakhtar September 2, 2013 at 14:48 #

    Wow! beautiful pictures. Europe is so exotic but the cost is a big pain in the ass πŸ™‚ Nice write up.

    Regards,
    Jahid
    Flashbacks

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    • getsetandgo September 8, 2013 at 23:50 #

      Thanks Jahid. I agree on the cost for the trip, but I have figured my own way of keeping it down. Shall be sharing that in my posts too πŸ™‚

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  6. aladybird September 2, 2013 at 20:19 #

    Looking forward to the stories πŸ™‚

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  7. dhruvthaker September 4, 2013 at 22:52 #

    Nice post. Like the images very much.

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  8. Tawni September 5, 2013 at 06:51 #

    Europe is amazing. Can’t wait to go again!

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  9. msozpinay October 7, 2013 at 13:44 #

    I just did my first self planned Europe trip this year! Will go through your entries now because I definitely want to go back and cover more of Europe!! πŸ˜€ (Targetting Spain next)

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    • getsetandgo October 16, 2013 at 13:10 #

      Europe is one of my all time favorite places and I hope to make it there again next year too πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog and do write to me if you need any specific info πŸ™‚

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  10. darwinontherocks June 23, 2014 at 12:39 #

    I can see you’ve visited Bruges πŸ™‚

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  11. The Untourists August 24, 2015 at 08:03 #

    Wow. Waiting for the stories!

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