After Piri passed, Yangkyu and I decided to go travel so that we can heal our hearts and experience something new. We went through so many different destinations and loads of videos from Rick Steves.
We ruled out Korea and Japan which has been on our destination list for so long now because Yangkyu's friend is planning on getting married in Korea next year and so it would be smarter to time our trip to his wedding.
Our first route looked something like this -- Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Berlin.
Then I realized that I didn't want to spend a couple of days in different cities but rather spend some time in one city and venture out to the nearby areas.
We looked at Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland but the major deciding factor was the amount of sunlight we would be allowed in December, which wasn't much.
We were then fixed on Paris for a long time, but the more I read about Paris, I wasn't sure if the type of vibe and atmosphere was something my heart was looking for, especially when the trip was to really heal.
Munich had been on our list and after looking at it a bit more closely, we decided to go explore Munich, Bavaria and also make a day trip out to Salzburg.
I haven't been able to plan all that much - we bought travel books, a good friend on Instagram emailed some wonderful tips and advice (she had visited Munich with her mother) and watched videos.
Yangkyu and I also worry about different things too - to me, buying train tickets and riding the railway system (and transferring) freaks me out the most, while Yangkyu thinks we should learn super basic German to help us get around.
And obviously we both worry about pickpocketers and just street peddlers, who I don't think I'll have the patience to deal with, but then again, pick pocketers and street peddlers are present just about anywhere we go, right?
We still have to work a bit on our itinerary and research a bit more. It still feels a bit unreal that we're traveling like this, and I presume I will continue to feel this way until we are in our seats at take off.
We'll be spending 9 nights in Munich in December. I'll miss the Christmas traditions we used to hold after Thanksgiving - like getting our tree and trimming it. For a while I thought maybe we would skip all that this year, but perhaps we'll do something after our trip. I am hoping the Christmas markets in Munich will help get my holiday spirits up.
I haven't been around to so many of my friends blogs to read and interact. It's been one of those things that seemed so hard to do (I also haven't cooked a proper meal in a long time.. everything just seems like a chore... ) -- but I hope that I turn myself around and be a bit more productive. Thanks for coming around to my corner and keeping me company though. It means a lot.
Here's to a good week ahead.