October 05, 2017
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Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 3 (Christmas in Europe edition)


If we were having coffee, I'd first tell you, I'm sorry that this coffee date, and our chat, will be short, but this week is a hectic one for me. Work and life are both busy and while I'm at my wits end, I'm also very content. Content in the busy-ness and business of life, if that's possible.

After we've sat for a bit, I'd tell you that I'm more excited right now than I've been in a long long time. See, as of Tuesday, my tickets are all booked for my trip to Europe for the Christmas, and honestly, I just cannot stop thinking about it. I'm usually not one to book flights two months in advance (I booked my last two trips to Guyana and Barbados on a whim), but this trip being a longer and further trip than usual, meant that extra planning had to be done. It is what it is.

I'd tell you that while I have been to Europe before, I've never been to Eastern Europe, and well, its quite a task to get there. Our flights are intense, but I'm oh so ready. We'll leave from here and board a quick one hour flight to Barbados, and then a much longer eight (or ten, my memory fails me) hour flight to Munich Germany. A short two hour flight later and we'll be in Bucharest Romania to spend the Christmas and New Years with Danny's family. The layover's though? That's what I'm least excited about.

If you ask, and you probably will, I'd tell you, no, I can't speak Romanian language, but I am trying to learn whatever I can before I get there. I'm using the Duolingo app, and I have a trusty notebook that I'm using to get myself all prepped for the trip.

Two weeks after we arrive we'll hop a flight to Frankfurt Germany, where we'll spend a few days exploring a new, to both of us, city and then we'll fly home. I simply cannot wait. Even though I have traveled to Europe in the winter before, I've never seen snow, and so I'm hoping for a really snowy Christmas, even though I'll be honest, I'm not entirely certain that I'm prepared for the cold. Danny has warned me that Romanian winters can get brutal, and that it can get down to -20 degrees (celsius), so I've been looking around for good (but cute) winter jackets. I'd probably ask you for your recommendations because, this Caribbean girl is clueless.

You will probably ask if Im concerned about long flights. I'm not. None of the flights we've booked are even close to the length of my thirteen-ish hour flight from LA to Australia, or my eleven hour flight from London to India, so I'll be fine. Some movies, wine and books will take care of the length for me. I love to travel and long flights are just part of it, especially where I live.

I'd probably tell you that my only concern for the trip would be not spending Christmas with my family. I wish I could take them with me, but maybe another trip. I plan to visit Romania quite a bit.

I'd ask you what you are excited about these days,  and we'd have a good chat about that too because these days when so much is going so wrong with our world, the little pleasures of ordinary life make me smile. When we're all sipped out, I'd tell you even though I hate to run, I have Court submissions due and well, they won't draft themselves.

Coffee date same time next month? Its a date.

Linking up with Kristen
Have a great Thursday guys!!

17 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous! I mean I'd love to go everywhere but Eastern Europe is towards the top of my list.

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  2. How fun that you'll be in Europe for Christmas! I've only ever been to England, but I'd like to go to other countries in Europe someday.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Ive only been to England too so this should be so fun!

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  3. the only Romanian words you need to learn: la masa (dinner) and mici (a delish meat they make) lol

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  4. I actually have a friend who met her Romanian husband here and moved there permanently to be with him. She says she's the only tall blue eyed blonde in the whole place. I'm sure you'll stick out too haha. In the best way! I can say two beers please, my friend will pay in Romanian and a couple swear words if that helps...

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  5. So freaking exciting!

    I always buy Land's End winter jackets for warmth.

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  6. I spent my first holiday away from my family during Thanksgiving 2014...but it was totally worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime experience I had of spending it with a far-away part of my husband's family. It will be tough but worth it for sure! I have heard that Bucharest is amazing!

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  7. What a fun trip you have planned!! I am sure you guys will have the best time.

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  8. I'm so jealous that you will be in Europe for Christmas!! That is going to be amazing!! I'm sure not being with your family will be difficult. But just think of all the amazing holidays you had with them. For some people, don't have that at all. Oh girl, it gets COLD in Romania!! You are gonna need some warm clothing and a warm coat. Oh and waterproof, lined boots!!

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    1. I am definitely shopping for warmer clothing as we speak. The temps sound scary.

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  9. oh my gosh how exciting!! sorry you won't get to spend christmas with your family, not gonna lie, it's hard! good thing is a) you get to go back home and be with your family shortly after and b) you are spending it with your new family! that's always a plus.

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  10. Oh what a dream! I'd tell you a secret if we were having coffee... KC and I have been talking about going to Europe (for the first time) next December. Not during Christmas, but close enough that it will be festive and we can visit the markets. Be sure to share your tips here!! :) I'm sorry that you won't be with your family, but I am sure that they are happy for you and you can reunite after the holidays! :) Have so much fun!! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. So exciting you're going to visit Danny's family in Romania for the holidays! I'm sure the long journey will be well worth it and I hope you can brush up on your Romanian by the time you make it there.

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  12. How exciting! It's going to be so much fun! As for dressing for European winter, yep it's going to be freezing. I recommend LAYERS including but not limited to: thermal tops and leggings (I love Uniqlo ones), down jackets (either sleeveless or non, to wear under your coat - also Uniqlo!) and waterproof gloves. Especially if it's going to be snowy. And a good hat! Ok I'm done. Happy shopping :)

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  13. I love the coffee date and I'm excited for you and your trip. I'm sure you'll have a great time and I can't wait to hear about it.
    As it relates to the snow, I echo Rachel's advice - LAYERS is the way to go. You will need thermals and down jackets/puffers. Things that are still comfortable enough to move in but that keep you warm, that you can add to as necessary. Winter and Snowy Winter are not necessarily the same thing, and that -20 degree temp sounds scary even after being in NY for several years. But you'll also have your boo with you and love has a way of warming you up so you'll be fine :-)

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    1. Thanks girl, Im trying to figure out this layers thing. As you know Caribbean weather - the less layers the better. Im sure I'll be cold but fine - still scary thought!

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  14. I'm from the northern USA and I'd be nervous about going to Europe during winter! :P I know my blood has become far too adjusted to the tropical climate I love so much! But this sounds like an incredibly exciting trip, you'll get to see and experience so much!

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