This year has gone past so quickly. And it’s all because of a small piece of paper I signed in January to buy a little apartment in Berlin. It all seemed so simple at the time. But later there was months of finding someone to renovate the apartment, working through the legal and tax issues, finally renovating and furnishing the apartment. Someday in the future I hope to spend more time there. But in the meantime I’m going to find a nice tenant to move in and pay some rent for a while. I just returned from spending a month there finalising the renovation. The place looks great and it’s in a really nice area close to all the shopping in west Berlin. I also bought a bike so I can scoot all over the city. It really is a fun city for cycling in.
When am I not planning for an overseas trip? To round off the year with my 4th overseas trip (I think it was 4), I’m heading to Europe in search of a white Christmas (again). Last year we only saw light snow flurries in Budapest. So this year the the plan is to hit up Budapest – Berlin – Bucharest. And hopefully we’ll see some good dumps of snow while we are away. On this trip I have booked apartments instead of hotel rooms for most of our stays. It will be nice to be able to cook our own food and wash clothes as we travel. I’m VERY excited about going back to Budapest. That city is beautiful! And we will be in Berlin for Christmas again where we will meet up with some of our other friends from Melbourne. I’m not looking forward to the 31 hours of flights to get to Budapest though. That’s a killer!
My Oneworld plane collection so far…
We had a really nice time in Paris. Unfortunately our stay was not long enough. We squeezed quite a lot in to the short stop. The owner of the apartment commented on how clean it was at the end of our stay. That’s because were hardly ever there.
Paris was pretty chilly and on and off rainy. But we survived and managed to do most things we wanted to see and do. I think I almost ate my weight in delicious pastries. I still find the French a little bit on the strange side, but I think if I spent more time there I would understand their ways.
I’m finding the trip to be a little bit too quick with lots of rushing about. Hopefully the next few days will be more relaxing.
It’s just 5 days to go now until we take off to London, Paris and Berlin. I still have so much to get done this week before we leave. Today I am taking the scooter out for one last ride, gymming, tanning and laundry. It sounds like an episode of Jersey Shore. I can’t wait till Friday night and Chris and I head to the airport. It’s going to be so much fun!
Here we go! After much discussion and planning we finally decided on Europe for our October vacation this year. I will be travelling with my mate Chris to London, Paris and Berlin before heading home via Frankfurt. We were originally meant to visit South America but amazingly it ended up being cheaper to travel much further to Europe. I’m really looking forward to seeing all these 3 cities again. I have not been to for almost 10 years. So far we have booked all the the accommodation except Paris. Paris is proving to be a little more complicated than I had thought. But I’m sure I will find something soon. In the meantime… bring on October!