So, after a long time on the road, I’ve decided to start a blog jotting down my journeys. One of the reasons is that my desire to share what I experience has grown bigger, and another one being that I’ve become more resourceful, as in I have now more free time, less humanly struggle and more available Internet connection to spare, unlike the period after April Fools’ 2016 – the day I jumped on a one-way plane to Paris after declaring to the world that I would cycle all the way back home to Malaysia – constantly struggling to understand the language spoken around me, the way people go around their daily lives, the fact that there could be ice dropping from the sky etc. I was literally in a state of confusion all the time. Nevertheless, I still managed to enjoy those days.
Before I go on writing about my days on two wheels, I would love to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me along the way. I would have no space to jot down every single name as there are so many of you, nor could I as there are names that I no longer remember, or never know to begin with. Without support from all of you, I would not be where I am today.
Recently, my Italian friend, Valerio, joined me on my Rome-to-Zurich trip. There was at times friction of opinions or preferred lifestyles on the road between us, and I would break down into tears when I could no longer handle it. I remember him asking, “Do you cry so much only when you’re with me?” To which I replied, “No, I tear up sometimes too when I am alone.”
This is probably one of the things that you can’t see from all the shiny photos shown on my Facebook or Instagram pages. Problems are inevitable in one’s life, and the fact that I am constantly on the move without a home base, dealing with the natural elements while having vague ideas of where to sleep tonight only makes them appear more difficult.
Nevertheless, I have to admit that I actually enjoy dealing with them. Every day is an adventure; a week feels like a month for me due to the variety of experience I get to have in a day. And I feel a sense of achievement after having solved problems like, “I need a shower but I don’t have running water.” or “I don’t want to find a Warmshowers host just because my power bank battery is running out.”
If you are still reading, I thank you for your attention. Martin, my German sweetheart and I are currently in Graz, Austria preparing for our upcoming trip together to Hungary and Romania. Let’s see if I could put together another piece, perhaps on my short journey in Switzerland before we leave. I know, the site layout is pretty ugly. I would work on that later; and probably get my own domain too.
My ex-colleagues in web development, please don’t ask me to set up my website from scratch. Ain’t got time for debugging 😛