So much to do, so little time

Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Sep 18, 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

32 days, 10 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds...4 weekends left including the weekend of finals until I leave for London on June 9.  I had to move a final around to accommodate this, but the instructor was willing to work with me.  My birthday is in 22 days.  I still have to buy stuff, confirm I have a place to live, get a hotel for my first night, make an itinerary, learn German, buy a Eurorail pass, pick classes for fall quarter, and about a billion other things.  

Other than that, I'd like to say hello and thank you for reading my first blog post.  I have checked out many sites for doing my travel weblog, and I chose this site because it seemed to give me least hassle and the most features.  I looked at WordPress, Tumblr, other travel weblogs... but here is where I am going to stay.  It's not as customized as I'd like, but I don't need this site to look nice, I want it to be a place to record my travels when abroad.  I want to spend my time posting pictures and writing...not worrying about the look and feel of the site.  So...enjoy!

For my first blog post, I'll keep it (kinda) short.  I am excited beyond belief, because I have never been out of the country.  I've hardly been out of California, but that's another tale for another day.  I will be working as a research intern at Universität Karlsruhe, in southern Germany, about 30 minutes from the border of France!  My research is regarding robotic surgery on a beating I know.  I have a direct high speed train connection to Paris in 3 hours...I plan to be using that often.  I will befriend the train, for its connections are everywhere.  

Being a fool, I will take my iPhone.  I will use it, but not in the same way as here in U.S..  I am going to disable 3G and EDGE.  That leaves me with WIFI hotspots and internet cafés.  I'm hoping there will be enough around so I can find my way, and leave hints of where I am.  Otherwise, the cost of data in Europe is too much to bear.  I will have a Skype account though!  It's on my Facebook if you're interested.

I am not a blogger, so forgive my initial blog posts...I will improve in time.  I'm sure I have more to say, but I have to leave now.  Feel free to post comments, especially if you have any words of wisdom for traveling!  Thanks for reading!
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Constance on

I think you did just fine for your first blog...i'm so glade i will be able to stalk you when you are there! Thanks for letting me know your location! lol

nathan_martin on

No problem Constance! Are you going to get a plane ticket to Germany and stalk me while I'm there too?

desitax on

NATHAN! Your first entry is way better than mine! lol But I cant wait to see you in the other side of the world.!!!

Constance on

If i had the money i would so do that!!!! But sadly i will only be able to do it on the post some really interesting stuff!

Aunt Linda on

Hi Nathan! What an exciting trip you've planned! Uncle Dave and I are very proud of you and will be keeping an eye on you via your blog. Be safe out there.

Seema on

Good one! :)

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