As we've spent the last nearly-three weeks becoming reacquainted with Madrid after our whirlwind Christmas + New Year's trip around the continent, it hasn't been hard. Our feet know our neighborhood, they know our Metro stop, they know the way. I like the way I don't have to think about where I'm going in the mornings when we go to the library for a few hours to plan lessons or use the internet to get caught up on things.
Almost as soon as we booked our flights in and out of Rome, I realized two days was a very short amount of time for one of the most famous cities in the world. It seems that most people and guidebooks recommend three or four days, and sometimes even five. So I knew that we had our work cut out for us to see the city in just two!
We arrived in Vienna by way of Bratislava, Slovakia not because we wanted to make our trip more complicated, but because the cheapest flight on Ryanair we could get from Berlin was to Brussels, and we’d already been there, and the next cheapest flight was to Bratislava. To be honest, we’d never heard of Bratislava before, so we looked it up on Google maps, saw it wasn’t far from Budapest or Prague, but oh wait, what was that really close there when we zoomed in? Vienna? Yes, Vienna is only about an hour away by train, or an hour and a half by bus, so we decided to book a flight to Bratislava, and spend Christmas in Vienna.
We left Brussels and headed to our next stop: Berlin, Germany. Berlin was unique in a couple of ways but for me especially because I had no idea what we were going to do there. Planning a three-week trip to five countries with less than a month’s notice is a little bit daunting, so when Danny asked how he could help, I suggested he could look up things to do in the cities we were visiting. He was willing to do more, though, and suggested that he could plan an entire stop on our trip.
Bruges has been called the Disney World of charming European towns. It’s been well-preserved, it’s groomed for tourists, and it plays the part. All that being said, I wasn’t sure if we would dislike it because it felt fake and too Disney-esque and touristy, or if it would live up to the hype and we would really love it because it was so well-preserved and beautiful.