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Trip Start May 08, 2007
71Trip End Ongoing
I have locked in my class starting date of 27 October and that way finishing around the Thanksgiving weekend. I have also made accommodation arrangements while attending classes. I will be staying at the Hostel Plus Prague and staying with the many friends there that I have made there.Thanks again to you Andrew and Ed.
After certification, providing I don't accept a teaching assignment somewhere in Europe, I will then be heading south through Croatia, to Crete for the winter and the Greek Islands and or Turkey.
As I said on my 100 days in Europe I want to add some more. And that is something that since my Journey through France, Belgium and the Netherlands I have been contemplating and am going to start with its planning. Next spring or early summer, I am going to start biking from somewhere around Amsterdam, you know I need to pick up some certain supplies for the road, and bike to the Normandy area of France. This area is full of so many of Europe's famous battlegrounds. It also is full of Bike trails without worry of cars. When I get to Normandy, and this is still a blast for me, then I will then ferry to Ireland and head along the coast north and another ferry to Scotland crossing it along the south from Glasgow to Edmonton. From there, have not decided. Start date and bike travel per day will be flexible.
Although I am not entirely sure, exactly how far this Bike trek will go, it is something that I am going to do at least to Normandy. If I do the whole trip as I wrote above it would total around 900 Kilometers to Normandy in the first 4 to 6 weeks and another 700 over Ireland and Scotland over what I would think make the whole trip around a 3 month period .
Anyone who has followed my travels back in the USA or the many friends I have made in Europe are more than welcome to come along for part or all of this ride.
Along with last night little incident a little about personal security and a couple of pickpockets. I was returning to the Hostel last night from buying my train ticket to Wroclaw. I had just exited the metro station making my way to the tram stop only 30 or 40 meters away. Anyway as I was walking two young men, early 20's, either drunk or acting drunk, were along both sides of me and actually squeezing me in. I had my cane with me and stuck it into the chest of one of them and told him, Don't fuck with me! Both of them stopped dead in their tracks, then took off! Again, I have really learned to be aware of my surroundings, see who might be a threat, and so I was aware of them.
Along the same line, I have read someones advice in one of the more popular travel forums that you should always carry a hundred dollors or so in your wallet in case you are "held up". I am only guessing, but I think that having your wallet pickpocketed from you is about 500 times more likely. So, I think that is some pretty stupid advice! Instead, I think having a phony wallet with old ID's and credit cards and a few dollors of cash is alot smarter. With a debit card I only carry the cash I need for a couple of days, and not all in the wallet. So, if I were to be held up the damage would be slight. Also, when traveling, days that I am lugging my backpack around, I am wearing clothing that I bought with zipered and hidden pockets and a money belt that I wear under my clothing.
Well, Over the next couple of days, I will be off to Lviv, in the Ukraine, and then down to the Black Sea Coast of Romania and Bulgaria for a while. There is going to be lots of hiking, and biking between now and start of school. I am going to get myself into better shape along that beautiful Coast.
But tomorrow, On the way to Lviv, Wroclaw and Krakow along the way.