Little-known fact about Christina: I enjoy 1980’s rock and roll. Check out my iPod and intermixed with a copious amounts of country music, some German titles and various classics (YMCA anyone?) you will find AC/DC, Def Leppard and Twisted Sister.
These are the groups I listen to on the days when I need to remember what it feels like to have music blasting in your ears as you dance topless across your bedroom floor (If you don’t understand how cathartic that can be, it’s probably because you’ve never tried it). 1980’s rock songs have, at various times, served as my battle cry, my adrenaline rush, and even my inspiration.
Today, Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” is my anthem.
Because today I am 72 hours away from an epic, 9-day solo journey across Germany and France. I am leaving for Berlin on Saturday morning where I will spend a few days soaking up the history of a battle-scarred nation. Then it’s on to southern Germany where I hope to eat a pretzel for breakfast and find as many people wearing lederhosen as I can. After that I am hopping a night train to France where I am meeting a very dear friend who is currently teaching English in a small French village.
This will be my longest solo trip to date and I am both excited and terrified. I love the idea of being able to do what I want whenever I want (especially after living the au pair life, which can be a bit constricting). If I want to tour museums all day, sit in a café for three hours or practice my German with local children at a nearby playground, I can do it. I don’t have to answer to anyone for my travel choices and that is a beautiful thing. But I will also be missing out on the inside jokes and fond memories that accompany traveling with a friend.
I have only myself (and my poor German skills) to rely on. I can’t say for certain that things will turn out exactly the way I hope they will, or think they should, but I’m ready for the challenge and excited for the sense of triumph that always accompanies catching the correct train at the correct time.
So here I go again on my own… wish me luck!
Sending Much Love,
P.S. I promise many action-packed updates upon my return!