The start of me leaping from country to country all over Europe was about to begin. After spending time volunteering, I had a limited window before I had to leave the Schengen zone. If you ever plan to travel to Europe for longer than 90 days, you need to be aware of the visa regulations. If you plan on staying for an extended amount of time, trying to figure out the complicated system is tough. With a US passport, it allows you 90 days within 180 days in the Schengen zone. It is up to you how you want to spend those 90 days. I recommend a Schengen calculator, which keeps track of when you must leave and when you can come back. Also, many countries are apart of the European Union but are not apart of the Schengen zone. The zone consists of countries that have an open border agreement. I planned my trip around my volunteer program in Poland since I agreed to this before coming to Europe. The program in Poland wasn't until January, so I decided to do one month in Greece and one month out in Albania. Once I finished the two weeks in Poland, I had only 42 days left in the zone. The goal was to hit eight countries within this time frame.
The first stop was Berlin, Germany. It was a quick 4-hour bus ride from Wroclaw, Poland. I arrived in the late afternoon but had to wait until evening to meet my host. I found a coffee shop right next to the bus station, the employees were fabulous and even gave me a free smoothie. I met my host at a little restaurant. It was nice to meet another vegan, after some falafel he asked if I wanted to go back to his house or go to a dance class with him. I was quite tired, so he gave me the keys and directions and off I went. The stop which I was supposed to get off at never happened. I got off on the next stop and started working my way back to find a restaurant he had told me was near. Once there, I started looking for his house, which was a scavenger hunt, but I found it. When he arrived home, he offered to teach me what he had learned in class. Earlier when we had first met, I had asked him if he would be able to host me a second night he said he would let me know. While he was teaching me this new dance, I could tell he was starting to come on to me. I moved farther away from him I wasn't interested, so he told me I couldn't stay another night and I needed to leave by noon. At this point I was happy I was leaving, I wouldn't want to stay another night with him.