One last trip…

Between this Wednesday and the 28th of June, I don’t have any specific obligations in Oxford. Even with the higher cost of late booking, this means that there is the possibility for one more trip to Europe before I spend a year in Ottawa. As such, I am considering my options.

One strong possibility is Berlin. Other than a visit as a young child, I have never been to Germany. I expect that Berlin has a lot of interesting culture and architecture, as well.

Prague is a good possibility, since I have family there and already know that I like the city. Likewise, returning to Dublin has a lot of appeal, though it seems a bit foolish to go back to a place that I visited so recently.

Other European places on my list include Greece and Amsterdam, though flights to both are extremely expensive right now. Despite my enthusiasm for visiting Morocco, I am put off by the high price of flights to Marrakesh and the likelihood that it will be extremely hot there. Unfortunately, neither Ryanair or EasyJet seems to fly to Moscow or Saint Petersburg. Otherwise, they might be interesting possibilities.

Any comments? Is there a European city that is especially interesting at the moment, or at this time of year? Since it doesn’t seem like anyone will be free to come along with me this time, I am looking for somewhere that has appeal for a single traveller who speaks English and increasingly faulty French. San Sebastián has already been enthusiastically endorsed.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

8 thoughts on “One last trip…”

  1. You seem to have seen more of Europe than me, but have you seen all of the UK you’d like to? It would be fairly cheap (at least travel-wise) I assume to go to Wales, Scotland or some other part of England, and not require any languages or currency conversion…

  2. Oh, and of course the other possibility is using or something and just going wherever’s cheap…

  3. If you haven’t been to Berlin, I’d say that’s your best bet. Like Paris and London, the city has a bit of everything, and lots of history, to boot.

  4. This is kind of beside the point now, since you’re going to Morocco, but why on earth were you thinking of flying to Amsterdam? So far as I can remember, it’s about four hours on the train from London. Alright, you have to change in Brussels, but that’s hardly terrible.

  5. Actually, I much prefer trains. I find that I can read on them, or just enjoy the view and leg room.

  6. So do I. With that, and my increasing squeamishness about the morality of short-haul flights, realising that you could do northern France and the Low Countries on the train from London has been a bit of a boon. Antwerp two and a half years ago was particularly nice.

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