A sneak peek of my trip to Central Europe
As always, trips that you spent months planning are over just like that (picture a snap of the fingers here). I’ve been back in Pittsburgh for almost a week now and have already entered the whole post-trip withdrawal phase all the while doing one load of laundry after the next while attempting to get back into the daily drudgery that is normal life. I’ve put my new magnets on the fridge and also put away the three guidebooks I brought with me on the trip (Rick Steves Prague really turned out to be a great asset to have with me while touring). For the apps obsessed people, yes they’re bulkier and heavier, but nothing beats a good guidebook in my humble opinion.
I found the jet lag has hit me a bit harder this trip. I attribute this to a couple of things including I’m actually in my 30s now, I have a completely different 9-5 job than I did a year ago at this time, and sadly, everything went by and ended way too soon so I’m a tad melancholy. I could have easily benefited from another week…or two somewhere else in Europe.
-Visiting two completely new countries (I’ve come up with a new unofficial goal of visiting 30 countries before 40-I plan to write a post on that in the future so stay tuned!)
-Being exposed to so much recent history in both Germany and the Czech Republic (being the history nerd that I am, it was amazing to see firsthand so many of the places I had learned about in textbooks growing up)
-My food tour in Prague. I’ve been on a lot over the past couple of years but this was definitely one of the best. My complete review will be on the blog soon.
-The people. Whether it was the native Germans or Czech people or other travelers from around the world I met, traveling is truly one of the best ways to transcend borders. Be a citizen of the world, I can’t stress that enough.
The “wish I would have done things differently” category…
-I regret not having another day in Munich. We stayed there for three nights but our last day there was an all-day tour to Neuschwanstein Castle (it was about a two hour drive each way from Munich). The next day we moved on to Prague. It would have been great to have had one more day to soak in a bit more of the city (I would have loved to have checked out Olympiapark or returned to Viktualienmarkt on a non-weekend day as hopefully it would have been less crowded then).
-Compared to Munich, we packed in a ton of touring while in Prague which I’m sure had to do with the fact that we had an additional day and we were fully adjusted to the local time by then. But as a result of all the sights we saw, I don’t feel I did “as good” on the food trying front as I did in Munich. Everything’s a trade off, I know. So I’m just glad I had my insanely long food tour in Prague to compensate.
I hope to have my first full post of my trip out this Sunday so check back then!