It’s something that almost every student at Harlaxton College will plan and execute while they are abroad: independent travel. Matt and Bronwyn, our “travel agents” for the semester, told us at the very beginning how we should go about travel. They told us how to plan, the things to look at, what to watch out for. Apparently, Caitlyn and I drifted off early on in the seminar, because we didn’t start this trip at all in the way that they would recommend that we start the trip.
Before I tell you about this past weekend in Budapest, I have to tell you how it is that we decided to go to Budapest three weeks ago. The original destination for this weekend was Ireland, I do believe, but it changed several times. After discussing our options, we both decided that we could go to Ireland on a different weekend, one when it was warmer and when time could be better spent. Instead, to decide where it was that we wanted to go this weekend, we pulled out a map. We looked at the map and decided where we would like to go, and then looked at where Ryanair flies. We wrote down the names of the places that we wanted to go, nine places in all, on a piece of paper. Those pieces of paper went into a hat, and we drew five. From those five we drew three, and from those three we chose the one that would be the most feasible to do on this weekend. (We’ll go to Sweden over a long weekend.)
Yes, it was unconventional…but I’m glad that it happened that way, because Budapest has been my favorite place to go to thus far. It may cause Matt and Bronwyn to shudder a little bit on the inside and wonder just what we took away from that seminar. I think it was one of the best decisions that we made, though. I think that may be how I make major life decisions from now on…by putting all my options in a hat and then drawing out the one that I should choose. It could work for some things, you know.