I can’t believe in TWO weeks from today I’ll be on a plane zooming across the pond! Eeeee, I can barely sleep I am so excited!
So…where exactly am I going? And what the heck am I going to be doing? While there’s always the possibility that my plans may change, here’s the tentative rundown in short:
First up: Denmark
I’ll be shaking off some jet lag and exploring Copenhagen for a few days. Can’t wait to see the “cycling culture” in action and check out “the capital of the happiest country on Earth”. Whoa, there’s an expectation!
Bonus: I’ll be flying out of Copenhagen as well in June so I get to experience both winter and early summer seasons.
Next Stop: Croatia
I have a week to explore Croatia. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this country…I fly into Dubrovnik and can meander up the coast if I feel so inclined. No set plans yet, just going to see where the days take me…
Spontaneity is the idea!
Quick Stop: Belgium
I have pleasure of stopping through Brussels for a day or so! While I could be returning again in June en route back to Copenhagen, after playing the game of “what is the cheapest way to get from point A to point B”, Brussels took the cake. I’ll be soaking up the sites, local eats and maybe get my hands on some authentic Belgian chocolate. I know, a little cliche but no apologies here.
Work Exchange #1: Spain
I’ll be staying and helping at a little guesthouse tucked in the mountains in Quentar, Spain, roughly 20 minutes outside of Granada. I’m fortunate enough to be invited for three weeks from end of February to mid-March! I’ll work about 4 hours a day (reception, gardening and/or cleaning duties) 5 days a week with 2 days off to explore. I’ll be sharing a room with one or two gals, so fun!
Work Exchange #2: England
Along with sight-seeing and possibly visiting a family friend’s farm, I am staying with a family of 5 and diving into their everyday way of life. In exchange for full room and board, I can’t wait to meet Chloe and family and help out around the house for a month. Along with watching three kiddos (8, 6 & 4), I’ll be working in their poly tunnel and garden and soaking up the day-to-day life in the English countryside, about 2 hours southwest of London!
Work Exchange #3: France
Loire Valley, a châteaux and French cooking lessons…I did say French cooking lessons, didn’t I? As a total foodie, I’m thrilled to spend time helping in the kitchen and cleaning rooms at this bed and breakfast. For the month of May, I’ll be working 6 days a week, mid-morning and again in the evenings with 1 day off in exchange for room and board!
My last week in Europe is still up in the air…wherever the wind…or bus or plane takes me, only time will tell! 🙂
You may be asking… a work exchange, what’s that all about? Stay tuned for more details on how I discovered a different way to travel, save a bit of money AND get immersed in a different culture!