Adventures in Wonderland

10Dec09

I went to Colombia over the summer and I was just reminiscing about how much fun I had. I’m afraid of heights, yet I gave paragliding a whirl. That’s me in the air. It was truly amazing. I was dying of anxiety before take-off but once the wind lifts you in the air, all the fear is lifted with it. It’s different than I imagined. You feel weightless rather than out of control (as you might during a free-fall). We were able to fly over Medellin for a total of 50 minutes! On a nice day, you can stay in the air almost indefinitely. Once I had my share of enjoying the vista, we made several attempts at landing but were finally able to come right back to the spot at which we took off. The best part is that it only cost me US$35!

I’m already dreaming of my next vacation. Does anyone have any ideas for European travel on a student’s budget?

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2 Responses to “Adventures in Wonderland”

  1. 1 Inkrose

    If you’re travelling sans kids, you can get by fairly well on the cheap. Obviously depends on what you want to do/see, but you’ve got 2 weeks for example, and are going to limit yourself to central & mediterranean Europe, an Interrail ticket might be worth a look. Basically it’s a “ride as much as you like” ticket that’s valid just about everywhere for whatever duration you pay for. And since European trains tend to be pretty quick and reliable and there’s not much fuss at borders, you can get aroud a fair bit even in just two weeks. Especially if you mainly take the night trains and therefore don’t necessarily need a hostel/motel/hotel room for every night.

    Also, if you’ve got an international “Student ID” type of card, you can probably get a healthy discount, to the tune of 20-50% (don’t know how much it is nowadays). But of course you’ll get that discount on just about any bus or train ticket, and such a card would also get you into most museums for free, and the rest would be merely discounted. Having said that, I don’t know if there is a global student card that would be accepted, but from what I’ve heard from friends and seen for myself, the ticket sellers etc aren’t all that fussy so long as you’ve got SOME student ID, a university/college pass or whatever. It must have a photo of you.

    Anyway, the point was that with an Interrail pass you can get around and see loads of beautiful stuff. Depending on where you fly and how easy you want to take it, you could probably have a quick one-day look at 10-12 major cities and towns in central Europe (Paris-Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-Budapest-Vienna-Munich-Zurich-Nice/Marseilles-Bordeaux-Paris, for example). Most of the travel between these is rather less than a night, though, so you might want to have a better look at a map and see how you want to do it. Maybe leave half of those out and take an extra night at each or whatever.

    • 2 extrovertscientist

      Thanks for the great information! It gives me a couple of ideas. Maybe It’s just wishful thinking at this point but there’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer! 😉


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