On June 5, exactly 100 days ago, I left in Frankfurt carrying my backpack and wearing my hiking boots to step on the plane west. Since then, I‘ve had an amazing time in North America, met many wonderful people and seen impressive places. Time for an interim balance.
“Is everything the way you imagined it?” A question some friends and relatives have asked me in the past few weeks. My answer: No, it is not. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine something you’ve never done before. But I had some things on my to do list. So here first, what I have not (yet) accomplished. I notice there are only three „tasks“ from a list of 14, but at least three important ones:
- By far I have not learned Spanish as much as I wanted to.
- In three months I have read exactly 54 pages of a book – that’s negative record ever since I can read.
- My blog is half asleep.
Well, you notice it already: I’m sitting on the plane to Mexico City today, in the most recent blog text I write about my time in Alberta, so far I’ve only published photos from Vancouver Island on Instagram. After all, the stories on Instagram and Facebook are up to date. But because not all are active there, the questions of friends are piling up, where I‘m currently located. As I‘m no longer a Wwoofer, my time is back to my disposal and have used the past few weeks to clean up a bit:
- On the front page there is now an info about which country I‘m currently traveling.
- You can follow my itinerary via my profile on Find Penguins .
- Via RSS-Feed you will receive an e-mail as soon as a new post is published on the blog. Here you can enter your email address
What’s currently happening:
Today I board the plane to Mexico City to visit two dear friends. But that’s not the only reason why I’m really excited: I booked a photo tour with a photographer whose photos were published in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Stern among others. Woooho! From now on more up-to-date information on all channels – and everything I experienced in Canada and the US, I will sprinkle in between.
And what is the 100-day interim balance?
I’ve never regretted my decision to live my dream. I have met many incredibly exciting, friendly, generous and helpful people. Some were only companions, others became friends and some became members of my chosen family. I have once again experienced that you attract what you radiate. I’ve met people who resonate so much on my frequency and have inspired me so much that it’s almost scary – thanks, Nadine (reports about this extraordinary woman, her family and how she impressed me are soon to come. I met someone who showed me that I don‘t have to worry about letting my walls come down – thank you Dug for being in my life. And I’ve learned once more that family doesn‘t have to mean blood relationship – Linna, I love you and I’m so proud of you, little sister.
I‘ve seen fascinating cities, deep blue lakes, red hills and white sand beaches, climbed mountains, wandered through forests and swam in rivers. And last but not least, I learned so much about growing vegetables and keeping chickens that I would like to have a small garden myself.
And finally the interim balance?
No, it’s not what I imagined. Maybe because in many ways I had no concrete idea. Most of all, because I got a lot more than I could ever have imagined. Thank you, universe.