If you are a loved one or a very dear friend of mine, you sure know that Europe is a big dream of mine. I actually have 3 big dreams, only God and me know what these 3 dreams are. One of these big dreams is to live, work and retire in Europe with my family. In 35 days, I will get to see, smell, taste, feel and experience Europe in the flesh. 🙂
I think I was in my early 20s when I started dreaming of travelling to Europe, it was so far-fetched back then because promo fares were still unheard of. Thanks to the changing times, travel has become affordable to many.
In 2010, mi amiga Lianne and I promised to each other that we would go on our Europe trip, we were taking Spanish language classes during that time, the agreed year was 2015. Fast-forward to 2015, mi amiga got married and had her first baby. As for me, tax issue hit the Filipino staff in our company, we had to pay our taxes and had to push back all our travel plans with friends.
In early 2015, I got promoted and transferred back to my first department in ADB, OGC. I met new set of friends. My default travel buddies had different travel plans so I had no one to go with me to Europe. In my new set of friends in OGC, Caye and Kim were keen on going to Europe, my prayers were answered, thank you, Lord! Each of us has different reasons for wanting this Europe trip but God has caused us to be each other’s travel buddy. Thank you so much, Lord. 😊
Last year, a few days before my birthday, Caye, Kim, and I booked our ticket via Qatar Airways! We started out counting from 200 plus days and now we’re down to 35 days!
As of this writing, we already have our Schengen visa. We are hoping to get our UK visa in early May. I have practiced packing my clothes, I will edit it some more but I think I’m 90% good. We’ll be meeting a couple of friends and we’ll visit my cousin Jel and her adorable family in London.
So far, here’s my personal list of the things I want to do/experience subject to Caye & Kim’s approval 😊:
- Eiffel Tower
- Eat macarons at Laduree
- Coffee at pavement cafes
- Buy Little Prince hardbound book
- Pasta, pizza & gelato!
- Leaning tower of Piza
- Buy leather bag in Florence
- Bond with Jel, Jelan & Mariel
- Visit Iris, Bong & Kids
- Watch a theater play – Miss Saigon
- Eat at monocle cafe
- Go to UK landmarks, Notting Hill – Friday morning
- Buy twinning teas, ‘after 8’ mint chocolate, Jane Austen’s cloth-bound classic set
- Meet Peony Lim 😉
- Photo op with real peonies
- Umbrella park at Bath
- Get Jane Austen pound coins as souvenir
- National Gallery via Trafalgar Square- Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Room 43
My hashtags for this trip are ready too:
Before we reached to this point, we had gone through a lot of challenges and loss along the way, but in all of these, God remained faithful. He caused us to endure everything and believe that this Europe dream is not only our dream but most importantly, HIS dream for Caye, Kim and me. 😊
And we are too grateful and blessed to experience the fulfillment of God’s dream for us.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: – Ecclesiastes 3:1