It’s been almost a year and half since I set off to Europe. I’d imagined I’d be gone for about 6 months before returning to Los Angeles….well that didn’t really happen. The longer I travel the more the concept of home becomes, well, kind of just a concept and not really a specific place. Home is where you make it. (Kind of cliché I know but it’s true, for me) And honestly I don’t really miss being back in the US. I definitely miss my friends and lesser so a sense of familiarity, but it’s not like I yearn to go back.
“The longer I travel the more the concept of home becomes, well, kind of just a concept and not really a specific place. Home is where you make it.”
After dealing with some technical issues on my website I can finally start posting again. I’ve got a LOT of catching up to do. I have been keeping a detailed journal and I will try to post at least once a week moving forward. I’m currently in the middle of Southern China near Tibet. I’ve got a ten-year visa for China but unfortunately I can only be here for 60 days at a time. And let me tell you, 60 days is barely enough to scratch the surface of this amazing, complicated culturally diverse country. Some foreigners I’ve found can’t wait to get out of China after being here for a week or so. For me it’s one of my favorite countries that I’ve traveled in so far. It intrigues me as it’s so different, it stimulates my mind and inspires me creatively. Though I’ll add it’s also the most challenging country I’ve traveled in so far as so few people speak English. Try taking a bus to a location you can’t read much less pronounce, with a bus whose sign you can’t read and a driver who doesn’t speak English.
A list of countries I’ve visited:
Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Malta, Spain, Andorra, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Hong Kong, China and Laos.
At the end of October I’ve got a flight from Chengdu in Sichuan Province (China) back to Hong Kong where I plan on camping on some of the islands ( I missed this last time). And then I’ll return to China and head over to Vietnam.
Portraits of us
This is a side project I’ve been working on to document people I encounter while traveling. Some conversations are longer, some are just in passing or brief due to language barriers (google translate will only get you so far). But it is something that has a lot of meaning for me as I feel that a huge part of travel is learning from the people you meet. The navigation on this website might be a little clunky right now but I am working on upgrading my web skills. (Who knew it’d be so much trouble just trying to get a double line spacing between paragraphs in WordPress without coding. I spent a few hours trying to figure this out yesterday and only came up with a coding option to fix it. *bangs head on the wall)
And so, for my 5 or so followers I hope you enjoy and feel free to share my blog if you so desire. I promise I will (try) keep the posts coming more frequently.
Lots of Love from China,