I’m a little excited! Well ok, not little, but VERY excited.
Switzerland has been raining a lot this spring, and very cold too – still in my winter jacket I tell you that. Still hoping that the sun will come and bring some warm weather so I can finally see the beauty of this country in blue sky and hot temperature.
However, over the last few weeks I have been occupied with my favourite activity during this time of year: planning my summer! I love deciding where to go, booking for flights, getting the best deals from hostels/hotels – the planning is even better when it’s with an awesome friend.
This summer is a little special too since it will be my last summer in Europe (for now), sure I’ll be returning to this awesome continent in the future but it will be my last time here living and exploring as a student – more reasons for it to be awesome!
I decided to slow down my pace in travelling this summer, which is great as I get to see more and just enjoy being immersed in each place. So here are the places I will visit in the summer, some new places, some places I’ve been before.
I have never been to Portugal but I have heard a lot of great things about the country. I have always wanted to visit but never got the chance, so when Febbie of Jalan2Liburan asked if I wanted to spend some time there, I didn’t hesitate a single second. Our plan is to stay a week in the amazing country and includes staying in Lisbon and Porto. Also, we want to make a day trip to Sintra since we’re both so bewitched by the fairytale atmosphere everyone’s been bragging about.
This will also be the first time I will meet Febbie in real life! We met on twitter and she has become a mentor as well as a great friend to chat. But enough is enough, we have to meet up and of course travel together, we are travel bloggers after all. So be sure to check us both for updates on this legendary trip together!
After Portugal I will spend around a week in Barcelona. I went there for 4 days last summer and I want more! Barcelona has such a great vibe which immediately hypnotized me. I will also be reunited with friends living in Barcelona, might also be the last time I see them before jetting off back to Asia. A great city for a goodbye right?
My plan is to visit Parc Güell which I have been dying to see but didn’t get the chance to. I also did some research on Girona and found the place to be quite amazing, so maybe a day trip there would do my curiosity good. I also can’t wait to be reunited with the amazing mojito gelato I found near Las Ramblas last year. Yum!
Poland was the first Eastern Europe country that I visited and I was so amazed and in love with it by the end of my trip. It has so much history and amazing old towns. This time around I will be in Krakow, which I have never been and excited to go, then heading to Warsaw. Last year I was in Warsaw for two days and decided there was still so much to see, which is why I’m going back. From Poland I will be joined by my travel partner-in-crime, Miss D, who has always been a great friend to travel with.
I don’t know much about Hungary, but I do know how Budapest has captured so many people’s heart – and I want it to capture mine too. I have two friends from Hungary and I have been told to come and visit their beautiful country. I have seen beautiful pictures of Budapest but I can’t wait to see it for myself. I will be staying in Budapest for around 5 days, hopefully allowing myself to absorb the atmosphere, climb Gellért’s hill, exploring Buda and Pest, hanging out by Danube river and of course losing myself in delicious meals.
After Hungary I will allow myself to say goodbye to my friends in Zurich then head off back to South-East Asia. I will be in Singapore for the last week of August to spend with my beautiful sister. We have planned to go to Garden by the Bay with its river cruise, and a few other things lined up such as gobbling as much Asian food as possible! I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my little sister which I haven’t had the chance to do after two years of living in Europe. Even though this is my fifth (or sixth?!) time in Singapore, I’m hoping to find some new things to see and do.
So, two new countries will be explored, three old ones revisited. I cannot wait to have my summer!