So every now and then when I binge read other FIRE blogs, I wonder what the heck I was doing in my 20s when they were all seemingly frugaling away their coppers. To keep my head up and not get too bogged down with what I wasn’t doing, I decided to start this series as a gentle reminder of the adventure portfolio I was building with a FIRE twist. So instead of bemoaning my twenties, I want to take some time to celebrate that part of The Journey! Come along! I urge you!
Through a student exchange program with IPSF, a college in Romania provided a place to stay and a host for 3 weeks. My host was a traveler and advised me on air deals on RyanAir for trips between countries and local “cross country” bus routes that allowed me to see at least 5 countries during my stay on the cheap. #FIREapproved
I supplemented the trip with an early arrival in Germany and stayed with my aunt!
About $2,000 most of which was airfare (USA > Germany > Romania > Italy > Romania > USA) and bus fare as I stayed in a free dorm for a few weeks and with my aunt for a week. Airfare was kind of last minute because as I mentioned in an earlier post, I started to lose the travel bug. Tip: use the bus if you’re going anywhere between Romania and Poland!
|McDonald’s in Germany|
|View from Berlin double decker bus|
|Berlin walk sign|
|old European building|
|Over the tops of Cluj, Romania|
|KFC in Cluj|
|Quick jaunt to Rome|
|you know this guy|
|Burger King in Rome|
|dairy free gelato!|
|dairy-free/cheeseless pizza in Rome|
|More Cluj mountains|
|Cluj accomodations in dorm|
|Stuffed cabbage in Cluj! Yumsies|
|Hospital where we worked. Note: that’s not me.|
|Hospital cans food for patients #FIREapproved|
|wee bus ride to Hungary; no bigs|
|iconic Chain bridge joining Buda and Pest|
|chicken, potatoes, and kerfola in Bratislava|