People always love traveling!
But there is a difference between traveling and holidays. Holidays is the stuff people often have in mind when you tell them you go traveling long-term - they get jealous, thinking you will lay under palm trees all day and sipping on coconuts.
While this might happen during traveling (yessss it does), traveling is not only holidays. It's gonna be your life for the next months, and it is sometimes hard work. You are giving up everything familiar, you need to arrange a stay, transport, you need to find your way around new places, you even need to get along with the burocracy and line up in strange places, to get a strange piece of paper.
BUT it is always worth it. This is what makes us grow, evolve, learn. And think about the curiosity of life - sooo many people on this planet. What's this life all about, really. Is there a thing such as "safety"? Ha ha. Nope.
This is what I love about traveling, it reminds me that nothing is secure, that we all gonna die, and we only have this one life (well, maybe), so let's just dive deep into the madness, expect nothing and experience everything!
Well, this is quite typically me: very last minute I changed my whole travel plans!
Forget the Caribbean, Mexico, California! I am going to Sri Lanka and India!
Yep, a complete turn around.
But somehow feels much better and makes more sense.
I found a lovely retreat in Sri Lanka that resonated with me. And I think for these 6 months I actually rather stay long term in one place instead of traveling so much around. Plus, it will probably be cheaper. Plus, I might also feel safer than in Jamaica for example.
Since this was decided just a few days ago, I have been quite busy these last days.
Yesterday was my last day at work, I am packing all my stuff, cleaning my apartment, sorting all the rest, had my farewell party, and besides that, now trying to organise visa for Sri Lanka and India, and trying to find out where to go best when there...
Luckily - life in a yoga retreat center - I have plenty of friends who spent most of their lives in India it seems ;) the good old hippie crew has probably the best travel advise for me.
A part of me is still super excited, another part of me is feeling a bit stressed and tired at the moment. My German mind wants to think of everything and have everything arranged and sorted. But I guess, especially for India, I will need to let go of that a bit, and just go with the flow.
It will get interesting. I hope I will find (a bit) what I am looking for... Mama India usually leads you the right way I believe (or usually she kicks you there I heard)....
BUT - and this was just another sign for to go to Sri Lanka - at the same time when I am there, my dear dear ex-flatmate and ex-colleague from work will be there too, literally just a few kilometers away!!! So I am looking forward to meeting up with her.
I am a bit sad about leaving Prado and Suryalila, but not as sad as I had thought. It was time for a change, the decision is absolutely right, and I know, this wonderful place here is still waiting for me when I come back.
For now - 6 months of no work (well, at least no paid work, ha ha) !!