I’m currently supposed to be travelling around the Middle East with stops in Israel, Jordan and Turkey, and while that’s still happening, this past weekend I somehow found myself in Bulgaria.
I call it one-more-country-syndrome.
You know how it goes, you find yourself somewhere new looking at a map and think, “Well, I don’t know the next time I’m going to be in this region so I may as well make the most of the neighbouring county’s proximity.”
Next thing you know you are looking at bus and train schedules, checking visa requirements, and trying to do the conversion from lira to lev. And just like that, you end up with a ticket from Istanbul to Sofia aboard the Bosphorus Express.
I know I probably could have spent more time exploring Turkey, perhaps gone to Cappadocia or ventured over to Ephesus instead, but I had never been to the Balkans before, and Turkey’s neighbour to the north offered an irresistible opportunity to add a new country and a new city to my repertoire.
This isn’t the first time I have been a victim of one-more-country-syndrome…
There was the time I ended up in Tallinn as a little side trip from Helsinki (I couldn’t just blow past Estonia!), and also the time I went to Strasbourg as a little day visit from Stuttgart (because who comes to Germany and doesn’t pay a visit to the French?)
I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I find myself longing for a destination ‘just-across-the-border’.
But how about you?
How many times have you caught yourself thinking ‘just one more country’?