Wanderlust is such a lovely word, I think. It is literally the desire to travel without definite purpose or objective. Planning adventures and escapes is probably my favourite way to pass the time. Talking to people who have seen more of the world than I have fills me with inspiration (and jealousy).Interrailing last summer was probably the best four weeks of my life. I think it was the careless independence that comes with feeling so free from reality. For a month you get to do nothing but visit museums, make friends, take bad photos and drink foreign beer.
I am desperate to not become content with just being here, with just being who I am. So, I am planning a little adventure this summer. I think I’d like to get a country pass this time. Spend a couple of weeks just touring Germany or Italy. Getting to spend a few days in each of the biggest cities. This interrailing map is one of my favourite things to look at. It shows all the different train routes across Europe. It makes the possibility of endless travel seem utterly possible. I could spend hours just planning how I would live my life if I had the endless funds I would undoubtedly need.
I have duck pins on my world map and it just proves that the proportion of the world I have seen is minuscule. I am just so desperate to see everything else.
I think I am probably leaning toward Germany this summer. I speak a little (a tiny, tiny bit) which may come in handy. Plus Berlin is supposed to be one of the best cities in Europe. I think I shall start planning and keep a log on here as I go. It will be my reward for actually having a job!
Perhaps one day when I am vastly successful I’ll be able to see America or Asia.
So, yesterday I flew to krakow in Poland with some university friends of mine. We were up at 3am to make a 7am flight from Southend Airport. The entire experience has been oddly reminiscent for me. It was the first stop on my interrailing trip last summer and it’s where Abbey had her accident.
This trip has been much more tame than the last, pretty easy going (but everyone has only just caught up on sleep, most of us hadn’t bothered before the flight). Today, the rest are visiting Auschwitz and I’m using this time to do some of the things I didn’t get to do in Krakow before. I think having the day to myself will be really good, I’ve been going crazy at uni and so a day rambling around a city will be a lovely break. Wandering through foreign cities is one of my favourite things to do. Travelling last summer opened my eyes to how endless the world really is.
Krakow is such a small city it’s easy to do in just a few days. The castle is beautiful and the central square has this really peaceful feeling, aimless wandering is definitely on the cards today (and lots of coffee, too).
I hope to see a few museums today and visit the Jewish district. I’d love to buy a journal out here, I’ve been looking for one for ages and it’d be lovely to start writing whilst in Poland.
Being here has only made me want to travel more, see parts of the world I have yet to see: Asia, Africa, America…. At university it is so easy to get absorbed into a bubble of friends, a routine of lectures and drinking that I forget I used to have these great plans and ambitions.
I will update with some pictures later.