Not too long ago, I was saying that 2013 was going to be full of work and running, but not too much adventure. Perhaps because many of my travels this coming year will be to places already familiar to me and/or are associated with work. Even so, if you take a look at my calendar, I’ll be all over the place! So inspired by The Girl Behind the Red Door‘s Travel Dreams for 2013, I decided to pull together my own travel plans and start getting excited for the year to come!
First off is going to be my annual trip home to the Emerald City. The coffee, the mountains, the water, and best of all, my family. Can’t wait.
Oslo + more, Norway
I’m so looking forward to spending two months in Oslo working on my dissertation. I’ve started learning the language, booked my flights, and finally found a room to rent. Eek! Although I’ll be working a ton and running a ton, I’m looking forward to taking the weekends to explore the city and travel around to other parts of the country. These mini-weekend-adventures outside of Oslo have yet to be planned, but I have plenty of ideas up my sleeves.
While in Norway, I hope to also spend a week or so in Trondheim for my dissertation. I’m looking forward to getting to know another Norwegian city a little more in-depth. Looks beautiful!
Although it feels kind of silly to include my old home of Hamburg on my travel list (especially since it’s only about 1.5 hours away), I still plan to make a weekend visit there in June to run the half marathon for my birthday (and try for a PR). More details on that to come.
If all goes well and I get accepted to present at a conference, I’ll make my way to Brussels for the third time ever. The last time was just an overnight trip, so I hardly got to see anything at all. And the first trip was mostly spent visiting the European Commission offices, so I didn’t have a chance to explore too much. This time around though, I’ll make sure to plan enough time to squeeze in some sightseeing. Cross your fingers that my abstract gets accepted!
If my finances cooperate, I’ll also be making my way to my second favorite Washington (D.C., that is) in the fall for an alumni meeting. Promises to be a fun time visiting with old colleagues and friends.
That’s it for now, but maybe we’ll squeeze in a couple additional weekend adventures somewhere too. (Europe’s fun like that!)
Where are you traveling in 2013?