One month “in” – some sort of status report

I’d like to write some sort of public status report or brain dump of what’s going on. I’ve been on-the-road for one month of the planned 12 months and just “Living the Dream” as many of the fellow travelers would say. I’ve met so many people so far, some have been really inspiring, some are not. I’m embracing the idea of slow travel and/or home base travel. I really don’t care how you travel, but the Eurorail, every capital city for two days is not what I want to do. I’ve learned that already from talking to people and my preconceived values. So far, I’m on track by only visiting two countries so far, Netherlands and Czech. I’m really diving into Czech Republic – mind you, I didn’t really plan on that but it somehow happened and I’m very ok with that. However, the bad side of that is that I’m staying still while people are moving by every 2-5 days. Since the hostel gives a free beer token to every guest, I see new people everyday for just long enough to say the smalltalk – I haven’t been in that position before so it’s new for this computer guy from Minnesota his whole life… (Self-reflection, yay) Annnyway, I’m having fun, I’m enjoying myself, I don’t like to “not-work”, I am forcing myself to take the unbeaten path, I’m getting more comfortable with myself and my environment, I’m relaxed, I can go with the flow, I know “it” will work out, I drink tea daily, I started to enjoy coffee, I’m living life, I am balanced. Go me.

As of this writing, I was in Netherlands for 7 days and spent $55usd per day and Czech for 28 days and spent $28usd per day. With my pre-trip expenses, etc, I’ve spent $65usd per day.

I’m doing fine, read my posts about where I’ve been, look at my pictures on Flickr, interact with me on Twitter for what I am doing, and check back often for what I’ve been doing. Ciao.

(After thought: considering that I’ve been at (or lived at) a dropzone for nearly every weekend this past summer (and the past 6 years), I’m really missing skydiving. Not going to lie, I can’t wait to jump out of a plane, most places around me are closing for the winter and I’m not properly prepared to jump in the cold even if they were open :( poor planning on my part. I didn’t think it would be so bad, taking a hiatus, but that sport is such a part of my life. I miss it.)

  1. Glad to hear you are doing good. Reading your blog and looking at your pictures helps keep me “grounded” on the fact you are ok! (& the post cards)

  2. Geeee the love ya never got on there. (Sad)

  3. Prague is such a beautiful city. I hope that you have met people who are interested in you and life in general. It is sad to me that someone doesn’t have extra clothing to help you jump…Is there military around….US Military Rangers jump. I am excited for you. This is an fabulous opportunity….GK

    • Thanks for commenting, grandma. The main problem with borrowing stuff is that there would be so much unfamiliar gear, I’ll make it though. There is so much time to skydive later :)

  4. It’s been a blast so far to follow your adventures through your blog! It’s inspiring to read that you’re taking the time to get to know yourself, and (perhaps even more exciting) discovering new sides of yourself. And you’re starting to like coffee?! Welcome to the delicious dark side. ;-)

  5. Did you see any Vermeer paintings while you were in Delft?

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