Wrapping up my vacation

After nearly a month of living in hotels and eating 2 meals a day in restaurants (the other in the hotel), my wife and I are ready to go back home. We miss our regular social lives (we´ve talked to a few people in Europe but it´s not the same as talking with friends), our pets, even our real-life have to make some money work. Tomorrow we will do some things like packing and laundry. The day after we leave for the airport at 7:00 AM.

Today we went to Museo del Prado, a huge art museum. It was Sunday and we showed up around 1:00 but we were still surprised to see a long line of people waiting to get in. The live moved pretty well and half an hour later we paid 8 euros each for our tickets.

I´m not an art affcicionado, so for me visiting an art museum means bypassing many works for the few that catch my eye. I found some, and it was certainly nice to take a break from walking around and shopping, but I actually preferred the one other museum I saw on this trip, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich.

Looking back over the past 3 or more weeks, there are definitely a few things I would have changed. I suppose I should have visited more than 2 museums on the trip, but with basically no advance planning I arrived in each city with no idea of which museums would be more interesting for me and my wife. And since we came to Munich for the Christmas market, I don´t care about missing the museums there. Then by the time we got to Madrid my wife was obsessed with finding an affordable (meaning on sale) Burberry coat so we had to spend a good amount of time shopping. We bought heres yesterday by the way.

I would have changed the itinerary to include more than 3 cities. Certainly 12 days in Madrid seems like a bit much. There´s plenty to we haven´t done yet, but staying in the same hotel for 12 days and all that just isn´t ideal. A longer stay where we could kind of settle down and make friends would be one thing. Otherwise a shorter stay is best. I think in the future it will be fewer than 7 days or more than 30 days in each city.

I guess that´s all I have to say for now. I´ll probably be back in Korea next time I blog but I think there is a guest entry from Mancunian on the way.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated on your long vacation! All in all, sounds like a good one. Maybe the next time, you could choose one place, rent a villa (?), condo or such to give you more opportunity to mingle/meet people. Traveling from one city to another is tiring in itself.

    Oh, and a Burberry coat! On a visit to NYC one year, I had my mind set on a coat at Burberry’s. Bought a couple other items, and went back to the hotel to think about it – a big purchase!! Back again the next day to spend the money, but the coat was gone! So, money saved I suppose..

    Anyway, know you both will be glad to get back to Korea.

    Sharon

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