Molly’s European Year: a Recap in Words and Pictures

I will be leaving Austria in exactly one week. After that, I have a two day layover in Iceland, but then it’s home sweet home (Alabama) for Christmas. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now to find the best way to capture the magical insanity that has been the last thirteen months of my life in a fitting capstone entry for this blog. I’m not sure that I’ve found it, but at least I’m staying true to myself and my love of organization. It’s time for some lists.

Firstly, by the numbers:

  • 13 months
  • 16 European countries
  • 4 trips lasting a week or longer
  • 48 long weekend or day trips
  • 60 different cities/towns

More details?

Here are all the trips I made this year, in chronological order.

November 2013

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London, England; Krenglbach, Austria; Wels, Austria (I live 10 minutes from here, so I’m just listing it for the first time I visited.); Rome, Italy

December 2013

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Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Linz, Austria (I live half an hour from here, so again, just the first visit is noted); Eferding, Austria; Nuremberg, Germany; Christkindl, Austria; Salzburg, Austria; Berlin, Germany

January 2014

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Graz, Austria; Innsbruck, Austria

February 2014

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Prague, Czech Republic; Gmunden, Austria

March 2014

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Passau, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; Wachau Valley, Austria (including Melk, Spitz and Durnstein)

April 2014

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Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

May 2014

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Venice, Italy (and Burano); Florence, Italy; Hallstatt, Austria

June 2014

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Ljubljana, Slovenia; Zagreb, Croatia; Traunfall, Austria; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Germany; Cologne, Germany; the Rhine Valley (including Rheinfalls Castle, St. Goar, and Bacharach); Munich, Germany; Fussen, Germany (Neuschwanstein Castle); Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria

July 2014

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Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Wolfgangsee, Austria; Bad Ischl, Austria; Gosausee, Austria; Eisenstadt, Austria; Gmunden, Austria; Traunkirchen, Austria; Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Feldkirch, Austria; Lindau, Germany; Bregenz, Austria; Innsbruck, Austria

August 2014

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Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bad Ischl, Austria; Klagenfurt, Austria; Lindau, Germany; Bregenz, Austria; Kufstein, Austria; Wachau Valley, Austria (bike ride 40km from Melk to Krems)

September 2014

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Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Roskilde, Denmark; Odense, Denmark; Helsingor, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Bremen, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Chiemsee, Germany

October 2014

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Vienna Austria (x2); Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria

November 2014

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Krakow, Poland; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic

December 2014

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Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; to come… Reykjavik, Iceland!

But Molly, weren’t you an au pair?

Yes, actually, I did more than just travel around Europe for a year. I became a part of an amazing, loving family, I made some incredible friends, and I built a life, here in Upper Austria. Some highlights:

My first Christmas away from home.

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Nina’s birth in February.

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Celebrating Fasching (Mardi Gras) with Anna.

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Volunteering at LISA Junior, an English language primary school in Linz.

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Dyeing Easter eggs with the extended family.

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My host dad teaching me how to ride a moped.

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Visiting the Grottenbahn (a fairy-tale train ride in Linz).

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Nina’s baptism in June.

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My first time picking strawberries.

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Exploring Germany with my friend Caitlin, from home.

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Taking Anna to the zoo every Wednesday of the summer.

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Endless day trips and adventures with my friend Julie, because we both had summer rail passes for Austria.

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Seeing Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on the floating stage on Lake Constance.

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Biking 40km down the Danube from Melk to Krems.

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Taking a three week trip in September because of my amazing amount of vacation time. Yay, Austria!

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The visit from my college friend, Brittany, in October.

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A surprise Sacher torte on my birthday!

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Carving a pumpkin with Anna for Halloween.

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Joining the Lantern procession for St. Martin’s Day

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Having a glamorous night at the Red Cross Ball in Vienna in November.

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Thanksgiving in Prague, with my friend Brandi and her family.

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Baking Christmas cookies with the extended family.

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Meeting St. Nikolaus in play group.

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Enjoying Christmas markets with friends.

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It’s been an incredible year of traveling, of friendship, of learning new things. I couldn’t be more thankful for all I have experienced. Until the next adventure– auf Wiederschauen! 

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