Moons Over Europa
On July 8, I’ll be heading to Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson-etc. Airport as per usual. But the destination is unusual. I’ll be flying into Copenhagen, Denmark on an overnight flight and will arrive on the European soil the next morning. It’s been about 15 months since I’ve been to “The Continent” and it will be a great reunion.
So I’m preparing and packing up my things. I’m going very minimalist. I’m planning on packing one backpack, not as large as the pack I take on business travels for a week. I’ll be in Europe for two weeks or so. I’ll have to be really smart about what and how to pack. For example, I figure I can pack 5+ days of underwear, no socks, a couple of pairs of pants, a few shirts, and I’ll be good. That should all fit.
I’m debating on what technologies I should take. I’m definitely going to ditch the iPod and iPhone for books. They’re better travel companions for a trip like this. I’m debating taking a phone and a laptop. I’m pretty much sold on taking an old laptop that I’ve got around here. I’ve got it all tattooed up and ready to rock. And I’m fairly sure that I’ll bring along an old phone that I’ve got. I can put a new SIM card in it and use it all over the continent.
I’ll also need a camera and I think I’ll end up buying one of the really small Canon ones rather than lug my S3 IS around. It takes great photos but I want something that I can just stick in my pocket and not wory about. I want to take another look at the Casio cameras that are out now. I had one of these until somebody in a bar in Wilmington Beach, NC stole it. The biggest drawback was that it required you to drag along a docking station to charge it. But Casio has got some really great technologies. Like the EX-V8 that delivers 7x zoom, image stabilization and solid video compression in a tiny camera. They seem to have stopped selling it though. All of their current offerings are 3-4x zoom and don’t offer a manual mode. Looks like I’ll be heading to eBay.
I’ve got a wedding to attend – the excuse for the travel – so I’ll have to pack some kind of fancy clothes for that. I’m thinking about taking along one of my suits that I’ve been thinking of replacing. That way I can wear it and ditch it. I’m thinking I’ll give it a proper send-off and wearing it to the beach and running into the ocean. Photos of that will undoubtedly be hilarious.
My itenerary is as follows: Copenhagen for 1-2 days, 1 night; Lund, Sweden for 4 days, 3 nights; Poland (maybe Wroclaw for the Non Stop Festival); Lithuania; Latvia; Estonia; Finland; then I fly out of Stockholm on the 24th. That’s an awful lot of places to see in such a short period of time and I might end up revising it down to just a couple of countries.
I plan on avoiding the larger cities since it’s the European travel season. My dream would be to hitchike around and stay in some grandma’s room for rent where maybe 2 people in the town speak English. But I’m sure I’ll end up hopping on some trains and staying in moderately sized cities. So if I’m able to post regularly, you can judge just how accurately I’ve stuck to my intentions. And if I post just a summary recap, I’ll be able to assess my that on my own.