Eleven visited countries (including five brand new ones!), exploring England and Scotland, solo travelling, travelling as a couple, amazing people, great memories, freedom, love and happiness. But also difficult decisions, people’s bad intentions, disappointments, changes. A lot of changes. What a year!
It all felt a bit surreal. I was in a bus going from Abu Dhabi to Dubai airport. Passing all the enormous and shining buildings. I was just about to fly to the furthest place on the western hemisphere that I’ve been so far. Only by myself. I was so excited! Philippines – the land of paradise beaches, coconut trees, colorful reefs, lush jungle and friendly people was waiting for me.
10 days, 3 (+2) countries, 11 flights, several boat trips, motorbikes, bus, ferry, jeepney, car & tuk tuk rides.Walking, hitch-hiking, swimming and snorkeling. Laughing, talking, experiencing, smiling, meeting, eating, not-sleeping, singing, drinking, dancing, photographing, tasting and enjoying life!
Gentle moving and a bit of light coming through the bus windows woke me up. It was still dark outside, but the sun shyly started to show its first rays above the horizon, indicating that the dawn is close. I looked around the bus. Everyone was still asleep, stretched on the chairs, resting heads against the windows or hanging over the armrests. I’ve noticed that the road is not that easy and paved anymore. The bus was jumping on the stones, dust was coming from the wheels and there were cliffs on the sides of the road. Somewhere at the bottom you could see the water of the black river sparkling in the darkness. It was not the lowland anymore. We were getting closer and closer to the mighty Himalayas.
Imagine frosty winter high in the mountains. Blowing wind on the passes over 4000 m. Yaks looking for the food, twirling snow flakes, sharp rocks. People living in the tents, small huts near the roads. Wearing woolen hats, socks, gloves. Trying to keep themselves warm in this bad weather.
Big, grey, modern space, with few colorful spots of people. You can find there pieces of carboards, broken trolley in the corner, duty-free alcohol boxes. For the country, that has over 1.2 miliard people, this airport didn’t look like crowded at all.