Let's Go Away For A While

Let's Go Away For A While

la sagrada familia in barcelona | duomo in milan | notre dame cathedral in paris | somewhere in munich

i have to apologise to anyone who has started following my little blog recently expecting to see lots of beauty posts because for the foreseeable future this blog may not be what you signed up for. i've had to keep this under wraps as i'm leaving my job to do it and the internet is a public place and i wanted be professional and respectful towards my boss, but now that my whole office knows i can talk about it online as well. on may 23rd (one month.. ahh!) i'm leaving sydney and i won't be back until mid-october. i'm travelling across three continents in five months and for four of those months i'll be alone. this is my schedule:

  • cairo & various cities, egypt - 1 week
  • istanbul, turkey - 4 days
  • driving through italy from rome to venice - 10 days
  • mediterranean cruise departing from vence and stopping in bari (italy), katakolon (greece), izmir & instanbul (turkey), dubrovnik (croatia) - 1 week total 
  • island of brac on the dalmatian coast, croatia - 1 week
  • milan, italy - 2 days
  • geneva, switzerland - 2 days
  • paris, france - 3 weeks
  • london, england - 10 days
  • reykjavik, iceland - 1 week
  • boston, massachusetts USA - 4 days
  • new york, USA - 1 month
  • orlando, florida USA - 4 days
  • LA and san francisco, USA - i haven't booked my transfers yet but i have about 3 weeks to spend in the two cities and i plan to mostly be in San Fran

now if the itinerary looks a little unbalanced that's because i'm spending a month tagging along with my parents on their holiday, which is from istanbul through to milan. i'm flying out early for a week long tour of egypt on my own and then meeting my parents in istanbul and living a life of luxury (comparatively) before they head home from milan at the end of june and i start travelling in the fashion i'm more accustomed to, i.e. hostel dorm rooms and with people from airbnb.

in 2010 i went to europe with one of my best friends which is where these photos are from (check out my flickr  that i haven't updated in a million years if you want to see more) and we covered twelve countries in two months. while i enjoyed every second of it and it's an incredible way to travel and fit in as much as possible, this time around i wanted to relax a bit more and just enjoy a city or country without feeling like i have to cram every sight and attraction into a couple of days. half of the places i'm visiting on this trip i've been to before, but this time around i'm spending a greater amount of time in the places that i've loved the most, and throwing in a whole lot of new ones for good measure.

if you have any tips or recommendations for places to eat, venues or bands to check out, places to shop (especially if it's vintage or op-shops/charity/thrift stores or record shops), sights you think are worth it, if you did a really cool walking tour or basically anything at all, i would love to hear it! so far i just have my transport and accommodation booked because i don't want to turn up in a city on my own with all my luggage and not have anywhere to leave it and lay my head down at night, but i've left everything else open. and of course, if you live in any of these cities and don't mind grabbing a coffee or a meal with me or showing me around for an afternoon that would be amazing! i would love to meet anyone who has the time to meet me! just leave me a comment or shoot me an email (jessbialkowski@gmail.com) and i can let you know what dates i'm around. :)

one of my favourite parts of this whole trip is that i'm leaving before the first day of winter and i get back long after it's over - something i've dreamed of doing for so long. 2014 is my year of the eternal summer.


grote markt in brussels | the queens hamlet in versailles | galerie des glaces in versailles | the queen's chamber in versailles | stockholm public library | the ceiling of a church somewhere in italy