The big catch-up

travel

1 2 3 4 5 6So I know that I’ve not updated you for a while, but the Wi-Fi we were supposed to have in our room in Hong Kong was absolutely rubbish and so was my energy level. When I arrived on the airport in HK, I was shocked by its size. I mean, obviously I expected it to be huge, but a metro that would bring me from the place where I’d just arrived to my baggage claim? Really?? It was my first flight completely alone, so I was really scared that I’d lose or forget something. Luckily, this didn’t happen.

HK was really amazing, but would be even greater if I were rich. The shops are gorgeous and there are many expensive brands that have a store there. The shop windows were very satisfying for my eyes, let’s put it that way. There was a Synergy 24 Drum Competition that we bumped into, visited many night markets, took wrong metro’s that accidentally brought us to the exact right direction for me – I’d been looking for the right Nike Huaraches for weeks, since I’d fallen in love with a pair whilst my stay in Japan, but couldn’t find them again -,  found a bakery that sold many snacks that my grandma used to give me, walked through amazing parks – as they had a small fitness section, fountains and even aviaries(!!) -, bought foods that I love from different street stands and even got my buttock vaccinated by Robert, who does not have a single clue on how to do it!! Yeah, that was probably one of the highlights of my stay there. No, I did not let him do it voluntarily, I pretty much had to, since there was no refrigerator to keep it in, nor anybody better that I could find. He did a great job though.

We’re currently staying in Sydney and did a bit of sightseeing already. When we first arrived here in Australia, we were a little shocked by the prices we saw when we did our first grocery shopping. Fortunately, we found many cheap options already, so we’re back on the healthy tour again. We’re planning on staying here until Monday and then go on a 7-day surf camp near Sydney, ending in Byron Bay. We’ve noticed that it’s better not to plan too much in advance, but just see where the people you meet and the circumstances bring you to. I was really happy to meet Philip the day before yesterday evening, who I’d seen only once before. I was kind of surprised to bump into him all the way here, Down Under. Thanks to him we got to meet three very lovely Swedish girls and two English lads. We’ve also spoken to an American today, who learned us a bit about his experiences during traveling and on where to go/not to go. It’s great being here and meeting all these people from different countries, but I do feel a bit of an outsider in this hostel, since majority of the backpackers here have travelled for quite a while already and they’re at least like 5 years older than me..

Today’s schedule exists of probably going to Manly Beach to see what it’s like over there and I’m hoping to find a barbecue spot, since I read something like that in a flyer :)

How are y’all doing yourselves? 

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​ Unshared photos with unshared feelings

travel

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‘Sadako continued folding cranes even after reaching 1,000. From that time on, the cranes became smaller. Sometimes she used a needle to fold them. For Sadako, the number of cranes was less important than investing each one with the wish to live.’

IMG_13 IMG_14 IMG_15 IMG_16 IMG_17 IMG_18 IMG_19 IMG_20 IMG_21 IMG_22 IMG_23 IMG_24 IMG_25 IMG_26 IMG_27 IMG_28 IMG_29 IMG_30 IMG_31Today was my last day in Japan. As a closure of this first part of my adventure, I decided to open up to you completely. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and history, but my stay here was definitely not all happiness. One of the struggles i bumped into was that I wasn’t sure whether I should mention the negative aspects of this trip, whenever people asked me how everything was going over here. You probably think: why is it so hard to be honest about it? Well, in my opinion it is quite a blessing that I’ve got the opportunity to experience all these things: to travel such a large distance away from home and visit such wonderful places. I don’t think I’m in the right position to complain about my life, yet i really need to get these things off my chest. So, that’s why I’m sharing it with you right here, because I want you to know what it was really like for me to travel so far and not just my romanticized story ..

The first thing I struggled badly with was that I wasn’t able to directly share my feelings with anyone. What’s the point in being happy if you can’t really share it? My friends were only able to see it 7 hours later, which meant that my day was almost about to end by then. To compensate this loss, I wanted and tried to catch up with them as much as possible, resulting in staying up until unbearable hours and doing anything but adapting to this huge difference in time. Due to the fact that I had to get up by 8 every day, had to walk huge distances and was not able to sleep early any of the days caused by the late planned suppers – no, I did not have anything to say about the timing of it – , I overcame an awful amount of tiredness, which affected my mood the following day. Luckily I got many opportunities to catch up some sleep, while we traveled by train or bus. I know that there’s no such thing as getting best of both worlds when it comes to this dilemma, but it really is not fun having to choose between finally being able to talk to friends or sleeping.
I’m aware that some people might see this as a rant, but that is definitely not my goal of writing this. I think visiting Japan really enriches your life experiences, but visiting this or any country without anybody my age with whom I can share the journey just isn’t my thing really..
Obviously there are brilliant things in this country as well, such as the bakeries that are pretty much everywhere and mega delicious. Also, I have very much respect for the huge amount of girls here that take the time to curl just the tips of their hair, which looks gorgeous!
Big shoutout to the Hua Yi group that accompanied me during this trip to Japan. Although we might not be the same age, we had a great laugh and I really hope you’ll return home safely.
Tomorrow I’m leaving to Hong Kong, where I’ll be staying for the next 3 days.. Can’t wait to find out what this city has in store for me!