The trip has ended. My initial, and hopefully first of many, adventure into Asia ended up being an experience that one of my grandma’s aptly described as a “trip of a lifetime.” If I am fortunate enough, I deeply hope that I will be able to experience many of these “lifetime” trips! 47 days around the world flew and now I’m back to work in Los Angeles.
Many people have asked me what was the highlight of my trip or what my favorite city was? There was none. Was it lonesome traveling solo? Not in the least – I made friends with people from every corner of the world and traveled with some. When I didn’t, I read or people watched. Hardly a bad deal. Speaking of traveling with newly minted friends I would not have had nearly the same experience without 4 names I would regret not mentioning. THANK YOU Tom, Austin, Nick, and Seno. I traveled throughout parts of Thailand, all of Vietnam, and a bit of Cambodia with different combinations of this cast of characters and I learned as much from them as I did from any of the locations I visited.
Unlike previous vacations or backpacking trips where there is often a memory or two that I can pinpoint and relish this trip did not offer any such memory. From experiencing sunrise in complete solitude at Angkor Wat to debating current events around the world with people from around the world to standing where American soldiers fought & died 40 years ago in Vietnam to experiencing the…experience of Khao San Road. I could continue with the “to”s but it would not stop. The pictures I have to reminisce are nice, the experiences and memories are better.
This will probably be my last blog post for a bit, but maybe I’ll start it up again testing my writing at something new. Thank you to everyone who has stayed up to date with the blog and thank you to my family for supporting me throughout my travels. After all, I made it back home alive. One way or another.