Just a little over a year ago we were embarking on our first long-term backpacking trip along the Trans-Siberian railway, which at that time seemed to be a never-ending adventure. But, as we all know, time flies and the best four months of our lives passed by, living thousands of colourful memories and unforgettable experiences behind. After coming back to Stuttgart in November last year, we knew that soon we would be on the way again – whether exploring Europe over long weekends and short holidays or undertaking more adventurous travels far away from home.
Now almost 7 months into the new year we’d like to recap everything that it has brought us so far as well as share some of our travel plans for the rest of 2012.
This is what we have already done this year:
Our first trip after coming back from Asia was a long weekend in Barcelona, city that has been on a bucket list for both of us for a long time. It was also our very first time in Spain and we are now very much looking forward to experiencing more of this beautiful country. During our short stay we were also able to meet our Spanish friends, Veronica and Oriol, whom we got to know on Olkhon Island in Russia, by accident met again in China and spent a couple of amazing days hiking together along the Tiger Leaping Gorge. We miss you, guys, and hope to see you soon again!
At the end of April we spent a couple of days exploring Brussles, Ghent and Bruges in Belgium. Despite all the attractions the country has to offer, Belgian beer was a real highlight of the trip! Needless to say, we came back home with the full trunk and will have to go back once we run out of our supplies.
Small countries is one of my travel passions. On the way back home from Belgium we spent a day walking around the city of Luxembourg.
We made use of the multiple public holidays in Germany during May and June and visited Champagne region in France. Apart from all the wineries and champagne tastings, we were surprized to discover a lot of other sights especially the ride along the Champagne half-timbered church trail and medieval town of Troyes.
After all the travels we still think that Germany is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This year we drove down to Bavarian Alps to see one most touristic sight in the country, Schloss Neuschwanstein, and enjoy some alpine air and scenery.
The first real vacation this year we spent in Tuscany, our absolute favorite region of Italy (so far!). This time our task was not only to explore, but also to relax. Mission completed, even though after a week the temptation to give it all up again and move into the wine/olive oil business was dangerously high!
And this is what we are very much looking forward to in the rest of 2012!
Surprize!! We didn’t expect to be going back to Asia so soon again, but it must be destiny. Unfortunately we are not going together this time. Catalin is going to spend 4 weeks in Bangalore with his new job from the end of August until the end of September. Even though he’ll be working there (at least this is what he told me ), he is still hoping for some exploration during the weekends and promised to blog about his experiences.
While Catalin is away (enjoying all those delicious curries in India), I am finally taking a group of our best German friends on a short trip to my home city. After they go back home exhausted by the intenstive sightseeing program I am preparing for them, I’ll stay for another 2 weeks to spend more time with my family and friends back home.
After India Catalin is going to move on to Vietnam and spend another 2 months there. This time I won’t let him enjoy it all by himself and join him for 2 weeks early October. During this time we are planning to travel down from Hanoi to Ho Chi Mihn City stopping in different place on the way. Can’t wait!!
Short weekend trip to the city where I worked and lived for one year is (preliminary) planned for late October – early November. The weather won’t be as nice as on this picture, but the most important I’ll have a chance to meet all the friends I made during the time there.
CHRISTMAS, ROMANIA & NEW YEAR’S EVE, RUSSIA
At the end of December we will flying home (this time together) to spend the holiday season with our families.
Have you already planned your next adventure? Have you had a chance to visit anywhere exciting in 2012?