As you may or may not be aware, The Prof and I are going to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and maybe Estonia in August. Part of the trip should be funded by his employer because he will be presenting at a conference. Whoohoo! International Geeks Unite! The rest of the trip will be paid by our invisible trust funds and pretend money market accounts. So what does this mean for us? Do we sleep in parks and bus terminals? Eat off the land?
Well no, silly, we are hosteling it! At first we thought we could handle paying for hotels and whatnot but after looking at the exchange rate, we reconsidered. Foolish daydreamers that we are! From our backpacking days, we have two big backpacks and lightweight sleeping bags. So instead of being sophisticated adult travelers, we'll be acting like two college students with our packs and we'll be finding ourselves amongst the kids gallivanting through Europe on their parents' dollar.
At first it bothered me a little. We are both "professionals" and I felt like we should be entitled to staying in queen sized beds in rooms overlooking [insert pretty scenery here]. Then I remembered, we have never been known to be all fancy. We camp on Martha's Vineyard, we stay in motels (clean ones for the most part), and of course we've done more back country camping and hiking than you can shake a walking stick at. It only makes sense to be our usual low key selves! And it's not as if we will be staying in hostels the entire time. In Helsinki we'll likely stay in a hotel because of the conference and in Sweden most of our time will be with my friend and her family.
Plus, I have to save that extra cash for all the stuff and things I will be purchasing to bring back home. And of course I want to eat decently because food is like my number
four two one priority in life. I think this weekend we'll have to start reserving spaces and making sure we actually do have a roof over my head because although I like to think of myself as an outdoorsy chick, I'd rather not be waking up to Oslo's finest flashing a light in my face in the middle of a park!