Week 3 of 52 – I wish I was traveling (I wish I were traveling?)

26 Jan

I’ve been tying to collect some statistics on my fourteen-week trip to Europa. Everyone loves numbers, not just the Count. So here are the quantities along with a timeline because time is also numbers – just hard-to-visualize ones.

  • Friday June 3 – Last day at work
  • Monday June 6 – First day of French training (in Ottawa)
  • Tuesday August 9 – Obtained my B-level French language written comprehension (that’s a pass)
  • Wednesday September 14 – Had my oral comprehension evaluation
  • Thursday September 15 – Left Ottawa for Europe
  • Friday September 16 – Flew to Rome Italy via Siegburg Germany, Obtained my B-level French language oral comprehension (that’s a pass) – French language training is complete
  • Tuesday September 20 – Took the train from Rome to Milan
  • Saturday September 24 – Took the train from Milan to Munich and then to Berlin
  • November 4 to 6 – Visited with friends in Lyon, Grenoble, and Bonn (train)
  • November 12 to 20 – Flight to Helsinki with the gf and the rents, one day in Estonia
  • Sunday November 27 – Day trip to Bremen (train)
  • December 2 to 6 – Visit to Mainz, Mannheim, Neustadt, Siegburg, Eindhoven, Munster (train)
  • Thursday December 15 – Day trip to Leipzig (train)
  • Tuesday December 20 – Flight home to Ottawa
  • Friday December 23 – Return to work

And the non-time numbers:

  • Number of days away from Canada – 96
  • People visited – 57 (SG, NS, BL, HW, AH, DH, JL, JL, JB, AP, TM, FG, EB, PA, NM, CM, LL, SH, DD, AS, GC, JR, AM, MM, NN, NS, DS, JP, JH, RH, BH, AH, FW, AG, FW, MA, SM, SM, TM, KP, SJ, KH, MH, KJ, EL, HL, LL, GG, LA, GS, BE, EH, AS, NO, KO, NT, JI)
  • Pregnant friends – 2 (that I could tell)
  • Classical music concerts – 3
  • Four and a half hour operas – 1 (thank God)
  • Days of train travel – 12
  • Taxi rides – 4
  • Number of flights – 6 (on 4 different days)
  • Nights in hotels – 6
  • Night on sofas – 46
  • People that stayed at my apartment – 6 (14 nights)
  • Countries visited – 8 (NL, DE, IT, BE, FR, EE, FL, AS)
  • Jigsaw puzzles completed – 2 (1000 and 1500 pieces)
  • Days where it rained – about 8
  • Sick days – 3

Costs – $6 438 CAD

  • Inter-city train travel – $850
  • Metro passes – $350
  • Flights – $700 (plus 60 000 Aeroplan points)
  • Rent – $1863
  • Taxi rides – $100
  • Hotels – $500
  • Museums, concerts, ancient Roman ruins – $500 (Roman Forum, Coliseum, The Last Supper, Paragon Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, TV Tower, opera, classical concerts, soccer)
  • Laundry $25
  • Gifts for $150 for the kind people who let me stay on their sofas
  • German lessons $1400

Refunds / Shared Costs – $3 120 CAD

  • Rent from Ottawa $2 000
  • Hotel savings $1 120 (14 nights at $80 CAD per night)

Total Costs Minus  Refunds / Shared Costs

$3 318 CAD

Note: I did not include costs for entertainment, drinks, restaurant, food, mobile phone because these would have evened out anyway. I had a prepaid phone in Berlin but I canceled my Ottawa plan. Going out for drinks is two to three times more expensive in Ottawa than it is in Berlin. Case in point: at my local the day I got home I ordered ten chicken wings, a beer and a twelve inch pizza.

Wings – $8.40
Pizza – $12.25
Beer – $6.15
——————–
Sub-total – $26.80
HST1 – $1.65
HSTL  – $0.49
HST – $1.34
——————-
Sub-sub-total – $30.28
Tip $3.94 (13%)
Total $34.22

So this comes down to a per day cost of about $35.00 CAD. I think this is pretty awesome. I mean, how much does it cost to live in ones home city?

So I guess that’s it for the travel part of this blog. I will finish up by clarifying one thing, If I’ve written anything during my travel blogging that offended you, I want you to know that it’s just a reference from a Simpsons episode you have not seen.

Also, the viola is the big violin.

End transmission.

The Voyage Home

2 Responses to “Week 3 of 52 – I wish I was traveling (I wish I were traveling?)”

  1. Lottabot January 26, 2012 at 12:03 #

    Which country is FL? I think Flandern is still a part of Belgium and hence doesn’t count as a country.

  2. Jesse January 26, 2012 at 14:07 #

    I wish I were travelling.

    Times visited Jesse: 0.

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