It has always been my dream to visit Europe, however far-fetched it seemed to be. I thought it was too big of a dream – visas, expenses, and all. I was eyeing to do it this year so that I would have ample time to prepare. I also thought that I would’ve been eligible for my sabbatical by then so I would have enough time to go around Europe.
But, the universe had a different plan. March last year, I received news from my manager that our company would like me to visit our office in Amsterdam. I was ecstatic! I didn’t expect for things to happen this quickly. At the same time, I was also a bit worried because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to prepare financially. We were eyeing to meet end of May and so I only had two months to prepare. I wanted so badly to make it happen but I also thought that, if indeed I wouldn’t be able to find a way to come up with a good enough budget, I would still be super happy to just stay in Amsterdam and enjoy my time with the team. So, I didn’t worry about it too much. Either way, I know I’ll enjoy my first visit in Europe.
Things ran pretty quickly (and was quite hectic) from April. We set our appointment with VFS for our visa application. While waiting for the results, I was juggling my time between moving out and into a new place, working real hard to make sure that our team meets the Q2 targets, finding ways to come up with the budget for the trip, and coming up with an itinerary I would love to do for one month in Europe. In between, I was maintaining my level of excitement (while being worried at the same time) by sharing my plans with friends and loved ones. I think at some point some of them got tired of hearing me out. LOL.
We received our approved visas just a little over a week before our planned date of departure. We were in a panic because we couldn’t purchase our tickets and book our accommodations for the next destinations after our two-week stay in Amsterdam. There was even a point when we weren’t sure if we were actually going to continue with the trip because of changes in the direction of the company as well as hassles in purchasing our MNL-AMS return tickets. Well, if it’s meant to happen, it will happen. So, on the week of our departure, we finally purchased our tickets and we rushed to purchase our onward flights and accommodations.
In the next posts, I will be sharing with you what happened during our 29 days in Europe. I visited 5 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican, and Czech Republic). Even if I barely scratched the surface, it was still one heck of a trip and I can’t wait to share the photos and reflections I had in each place. <3
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