Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Day 36-March 24-Good-Bye Vienna, I Hardly Knew You
Well it has been over a month now that I have been in the beautiful city of Vienna. Now it is time for me to leave it behind. Not for good, but only for a good time. I am leaving tomorrow morning for Barcelona, spending a 14 days in Spain, 10 days in France, and 10 days in Morroco. A total of 34 days, traveling, living out of my backpack. This is it. Well kind of. After I get back I will stay around for a week, then I will head to Scotland for 9 days. Then I will be back for about 4 days and I will fly to Norway for a long weekend, to see the fjords. Then it is down to business for a little over three weeks. I have a quite a few classes in that time. I might go to Prague for a couple of days, maybe Innsbruck, but nothing big. Then I am done June 17th and off to the Tour Du Mont. I might have to schedule some exams for after I get back, but probably only one. Anyway, I will spend 8 days hiking through some of the most beautiful countryside of Italy, Switzerland, and France. Then off to London to pick up Whitney, look at some sites and then back to Vienna, maybe take an exam if I need to, but mostly spend every waking moment with Whitney catching up. Then my parents get here. I will then travel by RV, through Austria, Germany, a little bit of Switzerland, and a little bit of France, only to end in Venice, where my parents will go home and Whitney and I will continue, down the boot of Italy, across to Montenegro, then down Greece ending in Santorini. Then back to home for about a week, then back to Purdue. Sounds long and crazy. I KNOW. It is going to be quite an experience, but I think I will want to just stay home for a while after words.......maybe not though. Some of you might be asking how I have SO much time here. I ask myself that sometimes too. I just got done with two out of my 9 classes I am taking here. I am taking the equivalent of 13 Purdue credit hours, but they have blocked classes, and after some hard research and scheduling I got my semester to have A LOT of free time. On top of that the classes here, the ones I have taken at least, are VERY easy. I just took a final for my first class. It consisted of 3 questions and I finished it in less than ten minutes. I did study a lot for it, but still. It's nice, to say the least. So ya, this is my next few months. I am going to see and experience more in these few months than I have probably in my entire life. It is going to be amazing, but I am still a little nervous about it. I miss home, my family, my friends, my dog, and mostly Whitney. On Monday it will be four years since we started dating. It sucks I will not be around to be there for that. It sucks I can't take Jacobi hunting, or to hunt tests, even though he always just messes around at those and doesn't hunt. It sucks I can't talk like Joe with my dad and just goof around with him, or go skiing with my mom this summer. These are all things that I miss. A lot. But I just have to keep moving so I don't think about it. I just can't wait for Whitney and my parents to come over and travel with me. As Christopher McCandless wrote in his book as he was dying in a bus in the middle of Alaska "Happiness only real when shared.". Now I am not trying to be dramatic with the whole dying thing, but I think that line was the most important line in his amazing life. He just trekked around meeting a lot of people and seeing a lot of things, but could never make a real bond with anyone. I sometimes think that I want do that, but there is no way I could. I want Whitney here, to share my experiences with. Someone to hug, hold, and kiss. Either way that is what is on my mind tonight. Tomorrow I will be to busy to think about it. I thought it would be good to let people see this side of it too. I want to do research in remote places in the future. The Andes, The Himalayas, but I want to have my family with me when I do this. I have to have someone to share my happiness with. OK so enough of this. I miss everybody, and I hope everything is going well in their lives without me. I am off to start the biggest adventure of my life so far, maybe the biggest one ever, who knows. I doubt it. haha. Hasta la vista.