As of next Tuesday the 25th, I’ll begin blogging here as RAS and I take to the road. It’s our big vacation for the year, to Switzerland and Italy, and I’ll attempt to document our travels online. I know, in the scheme of things, that’s no humongous deal. Bloggers who make their living traveling and writing about it do this all the time.
But this is my first time doing this…and overseas, no less. Maybe I should’ve attempted blogging on the road while I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago. Ah, too late now.
I’m not worried about Switzerland, and specifically Zurich. A place synonymous with business and efficiency should have top-notch internet connectivity, especially wi-fi, which is my preferred way to get online. But Italy might be another matter. We are going to several small towns on the coast and in the Tuscan countryside, and it’s anyone’s guess how good the internet will be there. In Tuscany, we’ll also be riding on bikes for four days, and I can’t say what my energy level will be when we’re done. I’m certain there will be internet cafes in each town we’ll be staying in. With the pictures on the hard drive in my laptop, I’d again rather have wi-fi.
Also, I’m hoping our transportation will have some internet. Lots of downtime is conducive to blogging, I’d imagine. The trans-Atlantic flights we’ll be on are with carriers I’ve never heard of: Air Berlin and Iberia. Our train trips will be as follows: somewhere in Switzerland to Italy on one leg, then from the Cinque Terre to Florence, then Florence to Rome. RAS, who’s been on his share of European trains, said we don’t need to make reservations. That makes me a little nervous, because I’m an inveterate planner. Even if I knew what railroad lines we were going on, I can’t find any info about whether they have wi-fi or internet connections.
No matter what, I’m super-excited to be going. It’s now just three days away, and it can’t come soon enough