The Summary of my World Travels (so far)

Sri Lanka
Land of smiles
Feel: good feeling, somewhat strangely void in farthest north
Memories: Eating curry and rice in a restaurant in Jaffna, motorbike across emptiness. queuing for free food, tuk-tuk

Nepal
Namaste
Feel: surreal, exploration every single day, one of the best in my travels
Everyday trek all merge into one, just amazing

Indonesia
Need to experience more
Feel: lonely, mix sometimes with some good surprises, but generally not deep
Looking out the window in a nice room in Jogja into rice fields

Philippines
Full of emotions, one of the deep friendships I’ve forged here
Feel: always longing to return, to touch base with friends
Last night in Tagaytay, the wedding, countless drinking and talking nights, riding Pol’s car home from work

Mongolia
Land of shit
Feel: wilderness, vast, nothingness, raw
Bayuderzeli?
Ger tent, waking up to extreme cold, far far away toilets, the sunrise over the sand dunes

China
Madness in form of people
Feel: overwhelmed, crushed in, some surprises but mainly can’t wait to get out
Lining up to the Mt Huashan

Burma
The untouchables
Feel: special, as if I have just manage to capture something while it was just slipping away
Mingalaba
Deadliest bacteria/virus ever – food poisoning and foot infection
Golden temples as far as the eye can see, all the sunrises and sunsets

Laos
The final frontier
Feel: at peace, happy and chill
Jeong

Cambodia
Just a tourist
Feel: lost at first, then Indiana jones and finally comfort
Motorbike accident and sitting in a cafe finishing a storybook about Laos with peanuts and beer

Thailand
Overrated, first place I ever fly to, Meditation was life-changing
Feel: always feel like I’ve been there a million times
“There is no time”

Singapore
Sim city
Feel: unreal

Japan
The future, the real Sim city
Feel: amazed by the mix of modernity and history, yet after a while, the taint of craziness emerge
Hitchhiking was one of the best decision, ancient trees had taken a part of me to the future

Turkey
Mix of east and west, not a myth
Food: one of my favourite!
Feel: like I own the place, relax and completely in control
Best fish sandwich under the bridge

Hungary
Friends from around the world
Feel: relieved to meet EC, just stopping by
Running from Buda to Pest

Bulgaria, Romania
Somewhat strange
Feel: in transit
Too many border crossings

Italy
Coffee, gelato, wine
Food: need I say more?
Feel: special, dreamy, touching the soul, question on what’s more to life
Deep talks in Padova, student home in Venice

Belgium
White, cold
Feel: an escape, frozen feelings
Icey landscape on the train, postcard-like Bruges

Netherlands
Work
Feel: lonely, need to escape, like an outsider looking in

France
A dream that was too real
Feel: reality casting a huge shadow
Stolen macaroons, broken veins from big business

Spain
Arts
Feel: need to return to explore
Gaudi, gaudi, gaudi

Portugal
Holiday with the family
Feel: a turning point in life
The bridge, the pact, the coin and the ring

Czech Republic
The Paris that was
Feel: romantic, touching the artistic side of me
First concert, old romantic bridge, told myself I must write again

Vatican City
Long queues
Feel: what?

Hong Kong
Virgin trip with friends
Feel: excited, my first foray into exploration and craziness
The friendly and generous old man

Britain
The beginning of everything, home
Feel: euphoria when realizing a dream, like my second home
The Swains!

Germany
My future home
Feel: secure, loved, happy
The Göbels

Switzerland
The Alps
Feel: like the little girl, Heidi
Snowboarding, snows, and rushing for the last train

Australia
As expected
Feel: touching base, making friends, losing a friend
Friends in Sydney, on the beach with Geoff

New Zealand
Untouched beauty of nature
Feel: not touched
Milford Sound, kayaking, under the rain in the vast lake

South Africa
Facing the danger
Feel: like a survivor
Chasing for my robbed phone, car accident and best nurses in the world

October, 2015

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