Munich, Germany

photo by Giorgio Tomassett @ FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

In July 2009, I declared my plans to travel to Europe in May 2010. I renewed my commitment to this plan on my 27th birthday. Four days later, I got the call to work in Singapore, and my plans had to be put on hold.

When my working contract in Singapore was renewed for one more year last November, I was determined to finally make my way to Europe. I set May 2011 as my initial target date, and began working on my visa requirements and savings.

As of today, I am the proud holder of a Schengen visa, and exactly six weeks from today, I will be boarding a Lufthansa flight that will take me to Munich, Germany.

me and my Schengen visa

My plan is to visit Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin in Germany, as well as Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I only have two weeks (as I only get ten days of vacation leave from work) but I’ll make the most out of it without treating it like The Amazing Race. (Got any tips? Please feel free to let me know in the comments section!)

I’ll post a few more entries detailing my preparations for this trip, including my experiences with applying for a visa. Hopefully, I will also be able to post a few updates here and there when I finally get to Europe.

The next six weeks are gonna fly past quickly! Can’t wait!