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Mission Europe:Phase 1

To plan a trip you first need to know where you are going… At least that is how I see it. 🙂

Mission Europe is underway and I made several goals that I need to meet to be able to go on this trip.  I need to find as many places in Europe to visit as possible, for as cheap as possible and where I can learn as much as possible.  I have a very low fund and a big thirst for knowledge.  So everywhere I go in Europe I would like to take a class (hopefully certified) or a mini internship or perhaps find a chef with some time off that can teach me a little something.

My core destination is Turin, Italy.  I am determined to participate in the 2010 Slow Food Salone del Gusto Festival.  They finally published the dates: 21st – 25th of October.  I am still waiting for the list of activities and prices.  I do not know anyone in the area and I can’t afford to stay, so I will probably try to find a fellow couch surfer.

I figured while I am in Europe, if I am paying for the flight to get there, I should make the most of what I can, while I am there.  I made a list of friends a people I know that live in Europe and the cities where they live:

  • Lyon, France
  • Bremen, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • London, England
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Barcelona, Spain

To start estimating how much money I will need I found estimated costs of round trip flights from Costa Rica to these destinations around September or October:

  • Turin, Italy——————- $1265
  • Lyon, France—————–$996
  • Bremen, Germany———– $1099
  • Vienna, Austria————– $1192
  • Copenhagen, Denmark—— $1041
  • London, England————- $982
  • Glasgow, Scotland———— $1136
  • Barcelona, Spain————– $966

Now I have to focus on finding classes or seminars or culinary activities I can participate in these countries.  Any topic will do.  I could learn how to make gelato in Italy or Coffee in Austria, I will just have to see what I can find.

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One response to “Mission Europe:Phase 1

  1. Browsing and ran across your “project.” When traveling within Europe, be sure to check out their airlines, i.e. Vueling. Very cheap and surprisingly nice. Also, can be less expensive when visiting the European airline sites. Best of luck!

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