To travel does not mean you have an endless vacation. On the contrary. Travelling
means every day adapting to a new environment, every day to look for safety, food
suppliers, transport, lodging, sights, information, interesting spots and to the
every changing culture and local mentality.
It is - also it sounds pathetic - exhausting.
Therefor it was time to have a break since months and so I decided for myself that after
seeing Australia I will look for a job and settle down for a while.
Australia or Hong Kong was on the radar screen.
But with the announcement of the wedding date of my mum everything changed. For
the 8th of May I had to be in Vienna.
Going to Vienna meant to have the chance to not only see my family but also all
of my friends.
The more I thought about how long I should stay (should I just come to Vienna and
don't tell anybody about, should I just meet my family, just some friends...),
the more I planned, the more I kept on thinking about going home - the more I
wanted to be home.
I felt a glimpse of homesickness when I was on Fiji and that is where I decided
to look for a job back home in Munich.
My flight home was on the 6th of May, right to Munich, the very next day I travelled to
Vienna to get in touch with my 'new' family, attending the wedding on the 8th
and returning home to Munich finally on the 12th of May - 2 years, 1 month and
2 days after leaving it for the best trip of my life.
2009-05-14 - Update:
The journey is no longer limited to Hong Kong - come and let's see the world!
After two month traveling I was already very sure to keep going to Australia after I
reached Hong Kong.
So many travelers I met told me about the whole South East Asia and the continent
down under, that I became attracted massively.
As keeping on a journey is so much easier than starting a new one and with no fix
costs back home and being already on the tour and now the recession - there is
nothing that can stop me now!
As I always wanted to learn another language, going to South America and pick up
Spanish is just another milestone.
For all my mates back home: I will not do Africa now - there must be something on
the agenda when you grow old! ;-)
(at least that's what I am thinking now)
The planed calendar:
End of 2009/latest March 2010: Reaching Australia, sightseeing tour for three months
and then trying to get a job for one year to dive into the culture and improve
the language skills.
Spring 2011: Moving on to South America
Doing one year there alternating language courses and travelling.