On flexibility, part deux
(above: kicking off the weekend with some open gym time on the fabric)
I talked about being flexible when schedules change, life throws you a curveball, etc. However, today’s travel-related adaptation story is of my own doing. Late in 2015, a friend and I started planning an August trip to Europe. We had not made any concrete plans, but we had regions and a month nailed down, or so we thought.
Fast-forward to January 2016 and we pushed it back to October - it just seemed better. It also gave me more time to save since I”m going to the Baltics in May, it was a time when her husband would also be traveling. Then we started discussing other options and regions and changed our course entirely, to fly into Budapest and also go to Vienna and Prague. The new plan was to wait and see if I got in to the Chicago marathon through the lottery and book our flights to leave the day after. The marathon notifications are usually sent out in March.
Then, I started looking through my Lonely Planet Budapest guide and saw that Budapest’s marathon is in October. The 2016 running happens to be the same date as Chicago’s, October 9th. It was at that point that I suggested we leave on a certain date, I run Budapest and we carry on our merry way from there. My friend was sold (she truly is the best travel buddy) and I registered for Budapest. At half the price and a guaranteed entry, it was a no-brainer for me. I talk about leaving Chicago and I don’t think it will happen before 2017, but if it does, I can always come back and run it again.
One more addition to our travel agenda is another city. L and I share a mutual friend who is extremely well-traveled and suggested we also go to Bratislava. Then I had two other acquaintances suggest it too. We had to add it. I don’t think that was a stretch to add, we leave on October 6 and return on the 19th, and I think we will have a very relaxed trip.
So my goal of 40 countries before 40 is well on its way. I had originally planned to go to six new countries and it is now up to eight: Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. I will be revisiting France and Iceland for a short visit. I suppose in 2017 I can relax a bit - some things are already in the works, planning-wise.
Later this week, some activities I’m looking to do while I’m in the Baltics in May. What I’ll be doing in San Francisco next month, other than running the Napa Valley Marathon, and my plans for the summer.