JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

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(Saturday, Feb. 23rd)

I got up super early this morning after about two hours of sleep.  I tried to stay awake watching the most recent episode of Downton Abbey, but realized when my alarm went off that I had been unsuccessful at achieving that goal.  (I literally watched all first three seasons in three days.)  I know from all the posts on FB that someone else dies – PLEASE don’t tell me who!  I’ll get around to watching it soon.

My train was leaving at 8:03am out of Wien Meidling station.  I only had experience coming and going on these long trips from the Westbahnhof, so this was a new experience for me.  I had to take three different UBahn (subway) trains to get to the station, but fate was kind, as I got to the stations right in time for a train every time.  (No long waits to delay me.)

The big surprise of the morning was coming outside to a great deal of snow on the ground, with the flakes still falling heavily.  Miloš had also sent me snow pics from Crikvenica during the night – they do not get snow very often where he lives, so it’s quite the novelty.  I guess it was snowing everywhere!

Several people have asked me if Miloš was going to be coming up to Vienna to visit me, but it’s a great deal cheaper for me to visit him.  I have an unlimited 3-month Global Rail Pass, which allows me to take any train in Europe for no additional charge. (There are a few exceptions – like night trains.)  So for me to be on the train all day costs nothing more. That and the difference in cost of living makes it an easy decision.  Plus – it’s usually warmer down there.  Next week is supposed to be great – I’m looking forward to the nice weather to be able to walk around by the beach.

This snowy weather is giving me the most amazing view – I have a lovely winter wonderland outside the window as we cruise by.  I literally just saw castle ruins on a small mountain top all covered in snow.  Beautiful!  But it won’t be long before I’ll have to shut my eyes and get some sleep.  Miloš and I will be going out tonight in Rijeka and coming back to Crikvenica in the early morning hours, so I gotta rest up now.  My train gets into Ljubljana at 3:10pm, it sits there for an hour, then we leave and get to Rijeka at 5:55pm.  Ten hours in a train…. one hour down, nine more to go!  Why so long, when the flight to Croatia is only 40 minutes?  The train has to work its way on a twisted course through the mountains of Austria.  It is not a straight line by any means.  And the tricky terrain means slower speeds most of the time.  But it’s okay – it’s worth it – for the beautiful journey and the excellent destination.  😉


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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