So I got my Schengen visa yesterday. I was fighting the urge of blogging about it because my colleague (who’s also a blog reader) told me before I left work yesterday that she already knows what I’m going to blog about. It’s a good thing that I already have a scheduled blog to post yesterday so she was not able to get that satisfaction of telling me: “I told you so!” earlier at work.
Anyway, so yeah! I got my Schengen visa finally! Woot Woot! I still have more than a month to prepare my travel which is a relief as for the past couple of years that I’ve been applying for a Schengen visa, it’s always been a last minute thing. Anyway the process took about 14 days (including weekends) and I was interviewed on the 10th day which came as a surprise for me because I was never interviewed before for a Schengen Visa but anyway, apart from the fact that I’m a pessimistic freak show and that I worry too much about things that I really shouldn’t worry about, everything went smoothly as planned.
So now, I am all go to Europe. Woot Woot! I live to travel. Some people like having lots of money and spending it on fancy cars, fancy bags, fancy clothes, fancy shoes and all the fancy things the world can offer. Well, I’m not really like that. I will take the bus if necessary and I don’t really mind buying those China/Korea-made clothes that you can find online – well, I would wear a paper bag if necessary even just so I could save money to travel. That’s actually the very main reason why I am working in the travel industry – I’m after the perks and the benefits of the job itself. A friend of mine who used to work for the travel industry went to a totally different and unrelated industry which offers a huge amount of salary. I didn’t feel a pang of jealousy when I found out that it’s only 1 ticket per year that she will be getting (that was my first question to her when she told me that she’ll be moving jobs hehehe). In my line of work and in the company that I’m working for now, for as long as you’ve got days to go on leave and someone can fill in while you’re gone – you can go anytime and anywhere you want. The holiday that I’m going to take next month is my 3rd vacation for the year. I went to the Philippines to attend a wedding last January then I went to Goa in India the month after. Having said that, I don’t really know why I kept on ranting and ranting about my job for the past couple of days when I’m getting all these leave days. Well ok, I’m stressed and would like to have a major career change but would like to do that shift within the company – if I get the chance.
So, the destination is Greece: Athens, Santorini and Lefkada are the places on the itinerary. I’m planning to throw in another country for 3 more days. Where would you go?
A. Istanbul, Turkey
B. Salzburg, Austria
C. Prague, Czech Republic
D. Larnaca, Cyprus
Istanbul is my first choice because it’s cheap and the flight from Istanbul to Athens is short and also cheap but I’m dying to see Prague. The only problem is, the flight from Prague to Athens (apart from being quite expensive) is only one flight and will be departing at 10 in the evening and arriving in Athens at around 12 midnight. Now, with what’s going on in Athens these days – I don’t feel very comfortable frolicking around the city by myself at that bewitching hour. Salzburg is also a place I’d like to see specially after I saw a tour being offered which brings you to the Von Trapp Family mansion – I’m a big fan of Sound of Music so I really would like to see it and sing DO-RE-MI. Larnaca was just thrown in there just like Istanbul because of the proximity it has with Athens and the cheap airfare as well.
Having said that, where would you go? What would you do? What will you eat?