by Erin Elaine
Yesterday I returned from 18 days in Central Europe. I had a great time and saw so many beautiful places!! I’ll be remembering the architecture of Prague, the great beer in Cesky Krumlov, the fog-covered New Years Eve in Salzburg, the beautiful reflections on Lake Bled, and the small town feel of Ljubljana for a long time.
In total I visited 3 countries, 1 for the first time. (Czech Republic, Austria, *Slovenia)
I slept in 5 different places, and also took 2 day-trips.
All 5 of my home bases had castles, and both of the places I went for day trips had bone churches. I visited 2 beautiful mountain lakes, and 2 capital cities, both having a bridge famous for its sculptures. The first and last countries I visited are very young, being officially created in the early 1990s. The favorite food that I tried for the first time was Halušky and the favorite drink that I tried for the first time was hot mead (I had had hot mulled wine last year but I really loved the hot mead this year).
I visited 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to bring my total to 40. I have to increase this by a factor of 10 to reach my lifetime goal of visiting half of the worldwide sites.
I read… I don’t know how many books. That counting will be left for another day.
For now, I’m happy to be back in Madrid. It feels good to be home and to sleep in my own bed.