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Berlin Got Blurry!

If you got that title reference you are a master of alternative music; or you just listen to a lot of SiriusXM’s XMU.  Either way, you’re my hero.

It has been almost 31 years since I’ve been to Europe.  The last time I was there, I was doing a summer semester at Exeter University studying international politics and European history and law.  You see how well that paid off for a software developer, huh?  Back then I was a 19 year old moron with no idea what I wanted to do and no clue what I was experiencing.  A short three years later I was headed to the Army where I hoped to head back to Europe and do some time in Germany.  Instead, they sent me to South Korea.  While it wasn’t exactly a pleasant year in Asia, I wouldn’t give up that experience for the world.  I met some great guys who are lifelong friends.

As I approach 50, I knew I wanted to do something great this year.  I have been wanting to get back to Europe since the day I left back in 1986.  I just never thought I’d be able to afford it.  Then came Kim!

Kim is in the travel industry and showed me how to search for the best prices in airline tickets.  Expedia and the other travel sites were listing tickets around the $1400 mark.  That’s absolutely insane and I refused to pay it.

SkyScanner found me a ticket from Boston to Berlin in March for $388.  Sure, it’s on Norwegian Airlines and the nickel and dime you to death, but if you’re willing to forego some of the usual perks on a flight, you can fly pretty cheap.  I ended up getting the ticket for $424 dollars when all was said and done.  I also have a bunch of Southwest Airline points from my credit card so I can fly free to and from Boston.  I highly recommend getting a credit card that earns you travel points.  It’s well worth it.

So in March, I’ll pack up my backpack and jump on a plane headed for Berlin.  And the best part, I have several friends who live there to be my tour guide!

 

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