we've got france! we've got spain! we've got switzerland! and we've got italy! aw, yeah.
and... the flight!
the travel agent lady was so helpful. my ticket price actually has gone down since amelia and i were there a little over a week ago - i paid $900 to fly from chicago to barcelona, returning from rome to chicago. oh, yeah! the eurail pass was just under $600, so my credit card is hurting a little right now. but! she told me if they book the hostels (i was planning on doing it myself originally), i pay in US dollars now (so if the dollar weakens even more - likely - i'm not penalized for it) AND all of their hostels take pre-paid vouchers, meaning i wouldn't have to wander cities and trains with lots of cash... just vouchers! and if i were to lose a voucher, unlike cash, i can just have them fax a copy over to the hostel. that would be an enormous help and would make me feel a lot safer.
so here's my latest revised plan, which i think is pretty much the sort of solid plan for the trip:
5/19/08: Lv. Chicago 7:45 pm
5/20/08: Arr. London 9:15 am; lv. London 11:15 am
Arr. Barcelona 2:25 pm
5/21-5/23/08: Barcelona and Costa Brava
5/24/08: Train from Barcelona to Valencia
Overnight train from Valencia to Paris
Overnight train from Paris to Venice
6/1/08: Venice to Rome
6/5/08: Lv. Rome for Chicago 8:15 am
i am so, so excited. SO EXCITED!!! it's really going to happen. here i go, all. off to europe with me!
and in crafting news, i have been addicted to the threepenny sweater i'm working on. i'm nearing my first neckhole. neeeeck... hooooole!
and here's me, being silly on sunday in my sunny, colorful, very messy kitchen.