18 days until Europe.
I’M GOING TO EUROPE IN 18 DAYS.
I’m not the type of person that gets super excited before a trip, because I am always too focused on
obsessing planning to really soak in the anticipation of it all. And, goddamn, have I planned. More on this later.
But, after deciding on a whim to extend our trip for a few more days, and then figuring out what we could DO with said days, I then allowed myself (or, maybe it was just impossible to keep down), a few moments of hyper giddy, arm-flapping, squealing, face-contorting moments of pure excitement. It was glorious. This was basically me:
And now it’s gone. It was followed up with a fresh round of anxiety and stress, and at least another 10 hours of research, and finally now everything is pretty much all planned and now I only have to think about what to brincg. Which is a whole new post in itself. Anyhow.
What got me so excited? Um, only the MATTERHORN. You know, nbd. Insert yeti!!
We are going to overnight in Zermatt, Switzerland and do the five lakes hike! As much as I am so looking forward to soaking up the cities and experiencing the history- the Matterhorn is on another level. When I think about it, why it gets me going besides all of the obvious reasons (beauty, nature, etc), well, I think it brings me back to a place of literal childhood wonder. I have a memory of being at Disneyland, and my dad excitedly talking about the Matterhorn rollercoaster. He almost had a sense of reverence about the mountain’s significance, or fame, and it’s always stuck with me.
I never thought I’d see this in my life. I guess I always thought it was unreachable, figuratively and literally.
We will also be taking the famed Bernina express, and staying in Bergamo, Italy for two lovely nights.
But. The Matterhorn.
This is going to be one hell of a trip.