It feels like the more I see of the world, the bigger it becomes
It is April 19th, a month since I left my home, New York, to travel the world. Prior to my journey, I had already visited 32 countries. I had made these trips throughout my lifetime and on traditional vacation time. I’ve now added six more countries to the total and the odd thing is, it feels like the more I see of the world, the bigger it becomes. A strange contradiction that I understand logically, but I refuse to accept. My mind wants to go and experience so many places, but my body feels otherwise. I’m exhausted.
Over the last month, I’ve visited ten cities and I’m currently in my eleventh. I’ve tried to maximize my time in each one of them. This has meant waking up early in the morning for tours,cheap flights or walking for hours every day instead of using public transportation in an effort to explore more of a city. Because I’ve yet to purchase a SIM card in any of the countries I’ve been, it has meant planning the next day’s activities quite late, the evening before. It also has meant that I don’t sleep during trips on buses, trains or flights because I’m writing for my blog or working on a video of the previous country.
It quickly became apparent to me that I should call my journey the sampler trip. It’s weird because in each of the cities I’ve gone, I’ve pretty much done the things that I would’ve done had I been there longer on a regular vacation. Since I’ve compressed the activities into a few days, by not taking time to rest, I feel like I haven’t done as much; it happened so fast. No lazy Sunday for me.
I’m not strong by any means, but I’m not pure Jello anymore
On the other hand, I’m sure I’ve lost weight, although I haven’t had access to a scale. I also feel my body strengthening up. I’m not strong by any means, but I’m not pure Jello anymore. And of course, I’ve had beautiful moments with great people in amazing places. I can’t ask for more.
As I write this, I’m in Japan on my dream vacation. It rained for 4 days straight and I got a cold and cough to go with the shitty weather. It looks like I got my days off. 🙂
Still, I’ll be in Japan for 21 days total and 14 will be in Tokyo. That should give me enough time to allow me to slow down for a bit and catch my breath and more importantly, really soak in Japan’s awesomeness!