For the longest time, as far as when my traveling fervor awakened, I’ve always wondered how Europe was like.
I am aware that I don’t have the greatest knowledge when it comes to the world, history, and many other things but the one place that I always wanted to visit was Paris, specifically because of the Eiffel Tower and the dreamy romantic feel that is spoken about Paris.
Anyway, not long ago, I thought my dream to go to Europe would just be a dream and one of those things that I’d say I’d do in the “(far) future”. It wasn’t because I didn’t have adequate finance or time but because I don’t own a passport as powerful as I’d like to. Because of this, there are many restrictions when it comes to traveling for me and these restrictions are my biggest fear whenever I have travel plans. Unlike some of my lucky friends, some of us (including me) actually have to work for it (visa application) if we want to make it happen. Luckily, in less than a month’s time, I managed to get my visa sorted. I applied for the Schengen visa, which allows you to visit all the countries in the European Union, so I thought why not visit as many places in Europe while I could right? 😆
Because of my visa, everything was last minute for me and flights and hotels skyrocketed… which I had already mentally prepared myself for and so, even though it cost me an arm and a leg, I wasn’t going to stop. The travel itinerary itself was a muddling process too because of so many options and so my friends and I were still booking train tickets and researching places till the last minute. Finally, before our flight, we were able to decide on France (Paris- 3 days), Switzerland (Zurich, Interlaken- 3 days) and Italy (Florence, Pisa, Naples, Rome – 6 days).
I will probably do separate blog posts writing about the places I visited and share some pictures I took, because if not, this post would probably never be finished.
Still, let me share a few of my favourite shots.
To end this post, I really have to say that this trip reassured me of so many things that we tend to overlook. Sometimes we feel that our dreams may be too big or too far-fetched, but no matter what we want or where we want to go, we will need to work for it. With sufficient effort (perhaps luck as well), anything is achievable… And just like many success stories, if you fail the first/second times, it only means you are that much closer to achieving your dream.
Hope everyone is having an adventurous summer!