March 24, 2008

Sarah: What is sure to be the first of many entries about Europe

Here's a little Brain Dump on a theme of Europe:

1. I'm going on a study abroad program with Marci. She's good looking, and smells nice. The class is a Printmaking class, which I think will be interesting. I'm curious to see if/how my knowledge from Letterpress enhances my experience in the class.
2. I am consumed with stress about money. It's not fun.
3. We're going to Scotland, thanks in part to Lisa and Blake's recommendation (okay, that link doesn't go to a recommendation, per se, but that's the tour they took, and they really enjoyed it).
4. We're going to Rome. And possibly another city or two in Italy. Seeing Italy has been a life goal of mine since I was a little girl (one of only three I had at one point. The other two were to see Phantom of the Opera on stage (I saw it with my mom many years ago) and to see Les Miserables (not yet. Can you tell we listened to the soundtracks to musicals as kids?)).
5. I need the perfect purse/bag for traveling. Big enough to hold my wallet, camera, and a notebook, small enough to be easy to carry, good-looking enough to justify the purchase, and safe enough to not get stolen or pick-pocketed. Any suggestions?
6. Any suggestions of places to go or sights to see will be great. We're going to Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Klagenfurt, and Rome. It's possible that we'll spend a day in Venice or Florence, but that might depend on how long our money can last. I need your tips for the best cafes to try, museums to visit, streets to wander.
7. As soon as I return, I have to fill out an application for graduation. I have to find a new place to live. I feel like I'm getting a fresh start. This is going to be a good year, I can tell.

Posted by sarah at March 24, 2008 02:14 PM

I recommend a small messenger bag, that you wear across your body (with the bag in the front in crowded places where you feel less secure). You might want a light sweater or windbreaker, especially in Scotland. If it fits in your messenger bag, so much the better.

Posted by: lisa on March 24, 2008 04:02 PM

Also I hate you. Lucky jerks!

Posted by: Jeremy on March 25, 2008 09:51 AM

I'm just jealous. Everyone's going to Europe nowadays. Sarah. Marci. Europeans. It's just not fair. But have a good time anyhow. I love you guys. You may need to hide your passports in your bras. I learned that the easy way.

Posted by: Jeremy on March 25, 2008 09:53 AM

i love LOVE rick steves. all of his books on europe are amazing. check some out from the library and take some notes. he has great recommendations on places to say, local eateries, and the best times to hit up certain attractions. i'll send you my italy book; it was a lifesaver.

i'm so excited for you!

Posted by: nicole on March 27, 2008 07:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Nicole and Lisa. I'll be looking at books and bags this weekend, so I'll report back on what I find.

Posted by: sarah on March 28, 2008 08:39 AM

when will you be in london exactly? if it works out, i could meet you in london and you could meet my boyfriend.

Posted by: stace on March 28, 2008 02:41 PM
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