Dreams do come true: From Amsterdam to Rome

June 3rd was the start of our non-work stay in Europe.  Having gone out the night before with friends from Tripaneer, we woke up just a tiny bit earlier than usual.  However, too lazy to move, we took our time with coffee, cigs, and thinking about how we should arrange our things.

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Dreams do come true: 4 weeks in Europe

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.

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