Vagabonding Anniversary

There are roughly 52 Saturdays in a year. Subtract a big portion of them due to bad weather, work, family commitments, maintenance chores on the house or car, and whatever else seems to sneak in and steal our free time. Anyone will agree that the weekends that are left to do things we enjoy, like get outdoors, are precious and few. That seems to be when we do the most “living”. Now with the math done, imagine having 4 years worth of Saturdays compressed into a single year. That is what I was blessed with in 2006. I believe that it is our experiences that make us who we are, and I can feel the difference after having experienced so much in such a relatively short time period, compared to previous years in my life. It is chaotic, yet welcome…….and I want more!

One year ago today, on January 23rd, I hopped on a plane and left for Southeast Asia. The only plan that I really had was to wander around aimlessly until I ran out of money. I ended up getting more than that, and had the trip of a lifetime. The people I met and the experiences I enjoyed have changed my life forever.

I sat inside today and re-read my travel journal from Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. As the freezing wind blew outside and the 0C degree Kentucky weather knocked on my windows, I relived parts of my trip. Many times I felt my heart pounding away inside of my chest just remembering some of the things I did (some very stupid even!). If anyone can make a guardian angel curse, I probably did, as I had him working overtime. Instead, I am sitting here with all my arms, legs, fingers, and toes still intact and writing about my memories. Life is so good!

The only shadow of regret that I have is that I wish I would have been even more budget conscious, especially in Europe, than what I was so that I would still be on the road right now. I am twitching to get back to Thailand while it is prime season, and to meet up with good friend and fellow B&A member Simon. I could pull off the trip, but I would be in a not-so-enjoyable financial situation when I returned, so I have decided to exercise my common sense (damn) and try to earn some money before I set off again. Where are those blog sponsorships when you need them? 🙂

Speaking of blogs, I am sure that this one has turned quite boring compared to the past, and I feel guilty with every post because it pushes the real adventure posts lower and lower. Bare with me, vagabonding is not dead, just suspended until I get squared away, then it begins. (again). Until then, please share your adventures with me, both home and abroad, and let me know if I can help in any way.


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2 Responses to “Vagabonding Anniversary”

  1. Hey buddy, how is going? Still in Australia,,, I decide to extend my visa for another year… eheheh… just take it easy and relax… anyway life is such a great beautiful think!
    Hope to have news from you mate..
    e don’t freeze to much in Kentucky (in Perth temperature today was 40 C… fuc… hot!)
    un bacio

  2. Mi buen amigo Greg!! We are all blessed if we get the chance to see a small piece of the world. As you said , our lies change every day with all the experiences and people we meet. And we learn SO much, about ourselves, about life (how hard it is for some), about friendship, how easy you find a real friend in a small beach in Egypt.
    I’ll miss you in Thailand, but you are doing the right thing, if that’s what you’ve decide.
    About me, well, I’m flying on the 1st to Bangkok to live all those thing you told me about south east Asia. Vagabonding will return, who knows you miht even come to Colombia 🙂
    un abrazo
    simon =)

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