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Oh, the Places I’ll Go in 2013!

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!

Seattle, USA

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.

Seattle Waterfront (2007)

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.

Oslo evening view
Photo by Arvid Larsen

Trondheim, Norway

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!

Trondheim Norway - July 2006 DSCF0035
Photo by Eric B.

Hamburg, Germany

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.

Art Musuem
Hamburg Art Museum (2006)

Brussels, Belgium

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!

Brussels 2012_10
Photo by Christian Hug

Washington, D.C.

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.

Capitol Building
Capitol Building (2010)

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?


  1. Suzanne says:

    yay! Fingers crossed for your DC trip! And I can’t wait to hear about Norway. You should add a long weekend in Iceland in. :)

  2. Di says:

    It sounds like a good travelling year!

    I have no major plans made yet – hoping a week in the Shetland Isles in May after a long weekend in London to celebrate with a friend (her 40th). But no other plans have yet been hatched. I may go to Portugal for work in May…..

  3. Riayn says:

    What exciting travel plans! I’m thrilled for you that you are going to spend 2 months in Norway. As you know from my blog, I have some big travel plans for 2013 – Greece, Paris, Budapest and possibly Rome but the list of places I also want to travel to keep piling up like Denmark, Turkey, Iceland… How I wish I could afford to take a year off work and just travel around the world.

    • I agree, there are so many wonderful places to visit! But looks like you’re going to make a significant dent with all your travels this year. I’m looking forward to reading all about them! Denmark and Iceland are on my list too — Copenhagen is *so* close to Hamburg, it kind of kills me that I haven’t been there yet. :)

  4. Emily says:

    Oh, fun!! I really enjoyed Brussels and Norway is on my list. I look forward to following along with your travels. I think my *big* trip this year is shaping up to be Switzerland (not sure what part yet…). And yay for the trip back to Seattle!

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