Turns out that while aimless travel has a certain appeal, there are also drawbacks in not knowing what to do next. I can see how sometimes it would be better to have a plan in place. Or a half plan. I don’t love having to admit this because I’ve spent a lot of time lately cozy in my mild smugness of being so wildly free, but I promised myself I’d be completely honest in the blog so there it is.
It seemed so easy while I was in Morocco, but now in hindsight I realize that my options were pretty simply laid out for me with the dimensions of the country. Tourists generally make their way through the country going South or North with a few side steps thrown in for good measure. Yes, I created my plan on the fly each day, but I was basically following a variation of the typical tourist trail.
And then I arrived in Europe and had the whole continent in front of me, full of more incredible places than I could see in several lifetimes….. Suddenly I had a harder time choosing where to go. I told a friend I’d met in Tangier that I was going to Portugal, and after one day of travel in that direction I changed my mind and went the opposite direction, retracing some ground, all the way to Barcelona. Not my brightest move maybe. (Definitely)
After Barcelona, I found myself buying a train ticket to France. Some of you might remember having conversations with me before I left where I said I would be avoiding France, absolutely-for-sure not going to set foot in that country, and yet here I am. Looks like this trip is turning me into a little liar – sorry! Could have avoided all this falsehood by just having a teensy plan in place… Here’s something else about me: for inconsequential things like this I don’t bother getting too bogged down in regrets. So here I am in France, and I AM SO GLAD I CAME!! I love it here!
In a happy coincidence, it turns out that I know TWO different people within a short distance from me; strangely enough both are aircraft engineers that I met through work. I was able to spend a day exploring Nimes, an old Roman-style city nearby, with Sam and Sam’s rental car. If you ever find yourself in the area you HAVE to go check it out! We had such a great day wandering charming French towns, snacking on crepes and Brie cheese, and people watching on a beach (much less creepy than it may sound I promise!)