So, remember last month how I said we were planning to travel in Asia for about three months starting next week?
Yea, that's not happening.
But we have another exciting plan instead!
We are still going to be away from our new home in Berlin for three months, but we'll be staying in Europe because we're going to have to pop back to London at short notice, possibly more than once, for boring, bureaucratic reasons. If we were an eight hour flight away, that would be just a bit too impractical, not to mention expensive, so it not longer made sense for us to go to Asia.
So our plan for the next three months now looks like this:
We will spend March in Lisbon. We found a great deal on an Airbnb apartment in the heart of Alfama, the oldest district of the Portuguese capital where we'll work from and base ourselves between exploring Lisbon's vegan scene, discovering cool things to do and see, and possibly a couple of day trips outside of the city.
Lisbon is a city that's been on our list of places to hang out and spend a month in for a while, and now is as good a time as any, least of all to escape the cold end of winter in northern Europe and kick start spring!
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April will be spent in the Netherlands. We'll be housesitting for the whole month in the beautiful-looking town of Delft, right in between Rotterdam and the Hague. We're going to be looking after two cats for a couple while they travel to Brazil (lucky them!) and staying in their home right in the centre of town.
Zab has quite a lot of family in the Netherlands not far from Delft, and we're looking forward to having the chance to spend time with them without burdening them with being guests in their homes.
We're also planning to get lots of work done (apparently the Netherlands has amazingly fast internet, something which I'm extremely excited for after experiencing shockingly crappy internet speeds in Berlin), eating all the food, and meeting up with the many Dutch friends we made while travelling in South America.
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We'll begin May with a train journey from the Netherlands across Germany to visit friends near Nuremberg for a long weekend, and then on to Austria. (Deutsch Bahn, the German national railway company, has some great fares if you're organised enough to book way in advance!)
Once in Austria, it's likely that I'll do some teaching, but apart from that we don't have so much planned. We're hoping to hang out with friends in Linz and Vienna, and perhaps make another trip to one of our favourite places just across the border in Czech Republic: Cesky Krumlov!
If you have any recommendations for any of the places we're going, please let us know. And even better, if you're going to be in any of these places while we're visiting, please get in touch and let's meet up!
Considering that we work as we travel, we are able to take three months and visit these places at a slow pace. If you don't quite have as long but would still like to experience a variety of European destinations in a shorter period of time, you can get eShores to organise a tailor-made itinerary for you!
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