how we got from poland to spain. otherwise known as: “yeah…about that…” (part 1)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


{we had no idea when took this photo, below, the kind of, um, ‘adventures’ we were in for….}




i’d like to begin by saying that, as a person who has spent the better part of 2008-present traveling/living abroad, i feel i have a slight obligation to stress that while, yes, at times, international travel is a walk in the park (sometimes, literally), it is also quite often a nightmare – a real, live nightmare.  things will happen which you never in a million years would have expected to happen.  you might find yourself sitting on a train next to a drunk, knife-wielding man, who is intent on mumbling in slurred, incoherent italian 5 inches from your ear.  you might wake up on an overnight train (different from the aforementioned train, might i add) and realize that your belongings, while once wedged between your sleeping body and the wall, are now mysteriously nowhere to be found.  you might fall madly in love with a young, handsome, charming austrian heir who turns out to be….well, that’s a really long story – too long for this post.  the point is: you never know what to expect while traveling abroad.  you might have the best day of your life followed by the absolute worst.  i suppose this is a universal truth – no one knows what’s going to happen to them when they wake up to start the day – but the main difference is when you’re traveling abroad and your plans go very, very wrong…well, it’s a lot more stressful, a lot more confusing, and a lot more frightening. 

and so begins the story of caroline’s and my journey from poland to spain.

but this is just the prologue.  you’ll have to wait to hear the rest.

21 comments:

Saara said...

bastard :) now i cant think of anything else :)

lady lyles said...

Can I like what she just said?
Also, I just wrote a potential post about cross country moving and the equal number of best and worst days that find you in doing so... and then i read this. i think yours is better. maybe i will just detour people here first and say "what she said"

Megan said...

horrifying travel stories make me feel better about my life.

Magdalena Viktoria said...

well, I can't wait to hear more!
travel stories are my favorite (good or bad)

Jenny said...

Aaaah! I can't wait!!! Glad knife-wielding man made the prologue cut.

Gentri said...

Whew! Glad you're going to be telling us more. I was going to be so sad if that was it.

Asibi-Chanelia said...

You are so amusing,I enjoy reading about your adventures :)

Kae said...

I'm so intrigued!

Alex said...

I am looking forward to this story!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Well said. International travel can be so messy. Often times I go into it expecting the worst...that way when everything goes according to plan its just a bonus. And when it all falls through I won't be shocked.

wilybrunette said...

man. i like you and your blog more every time i read it.

Indie.Tea said...

Ah, but what stories you'll have to tell. I'm so curious about the Austrian heir that wasn't

Marissa said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Jenni! I'm so sorry it took me a while to get back to you, but now that I see what your blog is all about, I'm really looking forward to reading more. I caught the travel bug a few years ago, but I'm stuck at home for now, so I can't wait to read about your adventures. :)

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Oh wow, it sounds crazy!!!! Can't wait to hear the rest.

erinj0 said...

Oh my - but I bet ALL those unexpected things that happened to you (even the really bad ones) make for amazing memories that you will never forget OR ones that you can laugh your butt off when you think about them years later! The one thing I wish I was able to do more than anything is study abroad (or hell, just even visit!) I think it is amazing that you have spent so much of your time seeing other countries and experiencing such things I could never dream of. I feel that through your blog, I am almost living vicariously through you!!

P.S...if you have time I would love to hear about that Aussie man you fell in love with! I love hearing those stories (even if it may have not worked out!)

Kell said...

That makes it all the more exciting, it would seem. I don't think I'd handle those situations well, though. I'd freak out.

e.day said...

are you trying to make me not come to europe? why would you freak me out before i visit? i'm confused.

also: i emailed you back. get on it.

Marissa said...

hi doll! Thanks so much for the blog visit. You are right - a litle sass never hurts and yes it does help!! ;)

I am SO jealous of you rendezvous through Europe. It sounds like a blast! I'm going to jump on for the ride and follow you now.


XO
Marissa

made-to-travel.com said...

hahahahaha. oh boy! are these true!? i love your title...gawsh, i remember driving across the border of italy and realizing pooled together we did not have money for toll. we thought we'd be held forever and ever in limbo, lol.

Mighty Burns said...

lol tease.

Jan said...

Oh no, now I'm afraid to read the next entry. I'm sure it will make me worry more and more.