I’M BACK LOSERSSSSSSSSSSS
What’s up friends? It’s only been a short period of time since I wrote a blog post. There have been a few small changes since then, such as my legal name and address.
Anyway, I’m kicking up my travel blog again. (For those of you just joining us, I blogged when I was studying abroad in England and also when I taught English in China. The China blog, sadly, has been lost to the void. I’m Terry Gross.) But the blog is back because Dan and I are going on a FOUR WEEK TRIP TO EUROPE. Naturally, you have questions.
How did you get this sweet, sweet deal?
My undeniable charm.
How did you really get this sweet, sweet deal?
I married my way in.
That makes more sense.
Yeah. Dan works for Epic. If you work at Epic for five years, they pay for a big chunk of a four-week “sabbatical” to anywhere in the world you’ve never been. Luckily, Dan has been nowhere.
How can I find an Epic spouse to take me on the vacation of my dreams?
I suggest Coffee Meets Bagel and OKCupid in the Madison area. In my experience, these dating sites were absolutely lousy with Epic employees.
Where are y’all going?
Wow, that’s really a personal question, but okay: Switzerland (Murren), Munich, Prague and Greece (briefly Athens, then Santorini.)
Wow, four weeks is a long time. Will you and Dan still be friends at the end of this?
Do you two travel well together?
Well, HERE’S THE THING. I grew up in the Speckhard family, aka, we tackle our “vacations” with the carefree fun and zest of a 14-hour game of Risk.
We see EVERY THING there is to see, and at least once per “vacation,” we will be in a rush to see a cool thing we could not possibly miss and end up doing a fast-paced march of death to see said thing. One time Anna and I wanted to see a particular waterfall (yeah, I know, it seems crazy to me now) at the Grand Tetons but didn’t have enough time, so we literally ran up and down the mountain. The crucial point here is that “scheduled fun” is a real term in my family.
Dan’s family, on the other hand, actually relaxes. As in, they would go to the beach, and like, sit there. (?????????????)
It’s really amazing our pastor didn’t try to talk us out of the wedding when we were in pre-marital counseling. But thanks to his lapse of judgement, here we are.
To sum up: Dan loves nature best; I love museums and marching myself into the ground best, so we compromised. Switzerland will by mostly hikes in the mountains; we’re going hard on history in Munich and Prague, and Santorini will be beach bumming surrounded by a breathtaking landscape.
What are you most excited about?
Is it lame if I say I can’t wait to eat European cheese, which is famously more digestible than this American nonsense? Probably. Hmmm. I am going to get like, a really, really good profile picture out of this deal.
Also, in Murren I’m going to try to convince Dan to pay big bucks to do something called a “thrill walk” which is basically a chain link tunnel draped precipitously around a mountain, so that every tourist can have the fun experience of wetting their pants in a foreign country.
What is Dan, an actual human, most excited about?
I don’t know, I’ll ask him. He said “Murren, maybe?” Asked why, he musingly responded, “I don’t know, it seems like it will be a crazy-cool experience.” It is a good thing I am the one paid to do the writing in this family, is all I’m saying.
When do you leave?
We leave September 9! Except if you are a burglar reading this and can’t wait to break into our apartment and get your hands on my sweet, sweet collection of puzzles, we are leaving: never.
Can I follow your adventures online?
Probably! I promise I will try to post blogs and will maybe actually use my Instagram, @lisa.speck.
That’s all for now, folks! Send me your hot travel tips to any of the above cities!