Seville: The Lover

Seville is the Spain I dream about!! So quaint! So Beautiful!

I arrived to Seville via a quick train ride from Madrid.

  I was planning to take an overnight train to Lisbon/Lisboa but the advice of a kind stranger and the much shorter train ride to Seville won me over. Read More

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Madrid: The Seducer

When you live and work in The Czech Republic you are located in the heart of Europe and travel is a must. My first getaway was to Berlin, Germany. My next excursion landed me in Madrid, Spain.

I previously visited Barcelona and it was a beautiful and friendly city but Madrid was different especially in hot July; Madrid was sultry and seductive. The streets were full of color and life, a huge contrast to the conservative atmosphere in The Czech Republic, I fell in love.


Above: Iberia Airlines when you get the whole row to yourself ✈️🎉

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Czech Journey: Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Teaching English in Prague is Challenging but Rewarding!!!

Yep. I found a teaching opportunity in the beautiful city of Prague. It took less than two weeks. I sent my resume to three schools and got responses from two very quickly. I went for the meeting (because it was not an interview) and I was hired at a school in a great location near metro stop Namesti Republiky, basically the center of Old Town in Prague 1.

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Czech Journey: Lesson 2 

Lesson 2: Stop and appreciate the beauty surrounding you.

Prague is amazing. The people are conservative and easygoing. The city itself is beautiful and there is never a lack of entertainment options. Even with all the city has to offer, I had to remind myself to enjoy myself!

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Czech Journey: Lesson 1

Lesson 1= Pack Less Stuff

After all the planning, decision making and anxiety, the day to travel to Prague has finally come!! 

I get to the airport with one large suitcase, one carry on, and my purse.  

I’m excited that everything I want to bring fits in these three bags (Go Tiff) until I place my large bag that is to be checked on the scale and the agent kindly informs me “that’ll be $125”. 

I stop, look left and then right, I’m the only one in line, she is talking to me $125!!! Ughh!! I’m 16lbs over the limit. 

It’s my fault for not weighing my own bag and finding out all the baggage rules ahead of time but I thought the first checked bag was free. But then again, I haven’t checked a bag in years.

The agent did inform me that if I could remove 16lbs it would be $25. This was not an option; the previous night was spent organizing and packing things just right.

I paid the ridiculous fee and then more great news, my next flight is with a different airline so more fees to come. Why didn’t I book the same airline all the way to Prague??!!??

Don’t make my mistake unless the items in your bag are worth the money.

The plan: inhale and exhale, it’ll all work out, even if I get to Prague completely broke.   

Have you ever been caught off guard by airline fees?

A Nice day in Nice, France

A quick train ride on the Thello got us from Milan, Italy to Nice, France.

Cost=€15 per person!!!

Duration: ~ 5 hrs

Recommended: YES. The cost to value ratio is worth the trip, if you have the time.

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Ostello Bello Hostel

MiLaN, ItaLy

Fashion Capital of the World!! Going to Milan, from The States, only requires a US passport. The currency is the Euro. We flew into MXP Airport and took the Malpensa Express to the Milano Centrale station. From the Milano Centrale you can get to anywhere in Milan. The monument to see is the Duomo. It is not the Notre Dame of Paris (my fav) but it is an astonishing cathedral

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When in Rome….

Rome is the Eternal City, full of history and culture.

Region: Europe

Country: Italy

Passport Needed: Yes

Visa Needed: No

Currency: Euro

Train Travel

I am an advocate for budget travel, so when I found an inexpensive overnight train tickets to get us from Paris, France to Rome, Italy,  I took this idea to J and he agreed. Well… it was an INTERESTING and AWKWARD experience.

A T6-Shared cabin was booked. For those not familiar with this, it is essentially a small room with 6 bunk bed style beds, 3 on each side of the cabin. The two bottom bunks are fold out chairs, until changed into the beds.  We shared the cabin with a young teacher, a nun, and an old Italian couple. Although the saving were nice, I am not sure I would try it again.

The small space with strangers, the suspicious nun, and the attendant requesting our passports and not returning them until the morning was stressful for a person who loves her personal space and never likes to part with my passport for several reasonable and unreasonable fears.

Looks like someone slept well

 

First Impression

Overall, I was underwhelmed by Rome. Something was missing.  I guess my expectations of Rome were different than the reality.

Rome is full of history and impressive structures but in my opinion it lacked charm. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but the city felt small, dirty and lackluster beyond the famed landmarks. We did the typical tourist hop-on hop-off bus and took time to view the several of the landmarks.

The landmarks were all very beautiful!!! Overall, the city is a nice place to visit and I would recommend a few days or a long weekend getaway to the city– no longer is needed. I sometimes unfairly judge a place by the food and I will say the food in Rome was great!!!

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FYI: There are no free refills on any beverage in Europe!! This is very disheartening for someone who loves free refills.

We stayed at a new modern hotel, the IQ Hotel Roma, located near the Termini. It was very clean and spacious which was appreciated as many European hotels have smaller hotel accommodations than those in the United States.

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The food was amazing. The city was loud and crowed but be sure to get lost and find those quiet pieces of bliss in coffee shops or restaurants. You may love it!!!

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Resources for traveling in Rome:

Source: www.wandershare.com

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PaRis… Ou LA La

DSCN1043Paris is absolutely magnificent!! We arrived to Paris by way of the EuroStar Train from London. My best advice is to get your tickets early!! We bought youth tickets on-line in the states about 45 days before departure and got a great deal. If traveling to Paris from the states, you will need a passport but no visa if you’re not planning to stay longer than 90 days. Currency= The Euro *currently worth more than the $dollar$

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