I just had a look at my Facebook profile and in the news feed the ‘on this day’ section popped up and reminded me that one year ago I booked my ticket to Saigon from Berlin. How time flies when you are having fun! Quite a lot has indeed taken place in those 12 months. Leaving a steady job in cold and grey Berlin for a hot and sweaty metropolis in South-East Asia was quite a switch.
A year on and I don’t regret a thing. Life in Berlin seemed to be going nowhere and although it was a great place to live and things were good it seemed to be a bit monotonous and felt a bit like killing time. Something told me that there should be more to life than running down a sentence. Some people fall into a pattern and a warm fuzzy comfort zone where they might never leave and I suppose I’d reached that stage. I’d always wanted to go to Perth to visit my friends and maybe even live for a bit, but the fear of the unknown or the ties to certain things had always held me back.
I had been mulling over giving up my Berlin life for a period travelling or at least a change of scenery and country. I can’t say for sure if I’d have up and left of my own accord but once my significant other at the time got fired from her job I sensed an opportunity to propose a shift for both of us. It seemed like a golden opportunity had presented itself and although it was hard to walk into work and hand in my notice, once I had done that I felt like a weight was taken off my shoulders.
Without too much planning on my part it was a case of letting people know about my plans and also trying to sort out as many injections and last minute things to pack as possible. Some worthwhile items where a dry bag, some freezer bags to separate medicine etc and a day pack, or what most people would refer to as a backpack. Stick all the necessary clothing in a large rucksack and you’re ready to roll! Off I set on my travel with dreams of foreign lands and tunnels in Vietnam!
Now even a year on I’m not sure if I’m much wiser but I am a year older. As U2 said I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, but I at least have a few stories for the grandchildren!