How time flies when one travels, lots of water under the bridge, lots of changes + I have changed myself.
Just perused my old blogs, can hardly believe my first blog post was April 26, 2008 & that as of 1/2 hr ago there were 47,798 hits on it, guess some must find it interesting.
My goals & beliefs haven’t changed from those first postings however some less than stellar experiences with the federal/provincial governments have left an extremely bitter taste in my mouth, making me utterly detest Canada & everything it has come to stand for!
My first New Years on the road was 2009 in Havana, the 50th anniversary of the revolution, pretty cool being in Havana at the Hotel Nacional on that historic occasion. had also pretty much narrowed my search for a retirement location down to Antigua Guatemala.
A year & many miles later I saw 2010 arrive in the fabulous Bangkok, where I never even dreamed at the time, that I would be returning in a couple months time to take a TEFL course & grow to love the city.
Now the eve of 2011 finds me in my house at Playa San Diego, El Salvador (property way overpriced in Antigua), revisiting the memories of the past 3 years & the life changes it has brought on.
I saw the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest from Tibet, Kipling’s Burma from the deck of a slow boat out of Mandalay. Took a balloon ride over the Australian outback, rode a camel in Mongolia & an elephant in Nepal. Traveled the north from Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, the Yukon & the south Tasmania to Christchurch. Stood on the equator in Borneo & came within a cat’s whisker of getting married in Bali. Drove US Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, taking a side trip to Roswell.
Met, in person some fine people that I had talked to on internet forums & others on the road especially in Thailand.
No regrets at all!
Tomorrow it’s back to reality with a border run to Guatemala, hopefully to get another 60 day permit for the bus. Then find some teaching work & start saving for the next trip!
ps when relocating, try to find an ex-pat community with some Americans, Canadians are too caught up in themselves
Un Prospero Año Nuevo a todo