I did it!!! I finished my Balkans trip, a dream came true, a trip that won’t come back, a once in a lifetime thing!
Started out in Salzburg and got all the way to Amsterdam in a period of 35 days. Made it out to Iceland and Washington D.C. to end up in Mexico City after a total period of 6 weeks. Crazy, right? Well, everything happened without major incidents.
A year worth of savings and even money from my college fund spent too. Everything was worth it, every single cent. These are all the places I visited in a total period of 13 months.
It’s incredible! I can’t believe I just slept in my bed, in my room, last night. I’m so happy to be home again. Although I’ve been home for a while…Washington is my other home although there’s nothing material attached rather than only good friends and good memories. I’ve never been so happy of seeing my family. Distance made us closer though but it’s all different now, so glad to be here.
It all started back in July 2014, that’s when I left home to sail on my own! It’s impossible to find words, phrases even the pictures I’ve taken that could show you the places I’ve seen, the things I’ve experienced and the warmness of all the great people I’ve met.
There I was, a 19 year-old working in Austria as an Au Pair. It was a huge deal for me, looking for my independence, also economic, in a place far, far away. When plans changed I was put in a totally unexpected position, the not knowing of what was going to happen totally freaked me out but I’m so glad I did it and I’m so glad of the amazing people I had the pleasure to call family for a couple months.
Best choice I’ve ever made, this taught me wayyyyy more than I could’ve learned while in University. This was University, but University of life. I didn’t get a paper degree, but I did get real life experience which is something you can’t buy, not even with all the money in the world. Gap year, you rocked!
This might sound greedy, but I want to thank first to my body and mind, for never letting me down, for keeping me on going always, for being strong and healthy. My back too, for carrying my heavy backpack during 6 weeks continuously. I’m still surprised of myself of how far I got.
Thank you traveling for letting me be a better person, for letting me learn many, many things about myself I had no idea of. I’m not the same one I was a year ago neither a month ago. Being out there by myself for the last 6 weeks was the most enriching experience I’ve had until now.
I learned so much. I’ve seen places I never thought existed. Although I had a heavy backpack, I learned how to leave stuff on a side and it felt so good!! Just enjoying of the little things, the small acts that just made the difference to me.
To my parents, thank you for supporting me in every choice I’ve taken and for believing in me. My dad for making me believe nothing is impossible, my mom for all her knowledge shared that def helped me during this period. Last night, my mom said something I’ve never heard her saying, she said -You look happy. Now, we also have to learn from you. Reaching this level of communication is something I thought I would never happen. I’m so lucky!
Lindinger family, for letting me into your home, everything learned was more than good for me. Everything happens for a reason and what happened to us, had to happened. Thank you for being there. Greetings to y’all.
Koller’s, whole family, including the Gstrein too. It’s incredible how close we became in such a short time, without you guys nothing would’ve been possible, I’m so glad life brought me to the small Haiming. Missing the little munchkins a lot too.
Kurt, Roswitha and Maren, you guys are my second family, always treating me as one more. I’m so lucky. I love you all a lot!! Maren, you are one of my best friends. I love you tons!! This friendship is meant to last regarding distance, we already know it!
To Ms. D, thank you for your long time support and for believing in me, for your lessons which I always remember. You will always be the best teacher I’ve ever had.
To all my cs hosts, you all were awesome!! I’m so thankful for meeting every one of you and thank you for making me feel like at home even if I was just on my way through for one or two nights, thank you for the warmness and everything I’ve received!!
To all those travelers I met along my way, it would’ve not been the same without you guys, to the ones that helped me out in my difficult moments, a huge thank you from my heart!!!!
To all those strangers that regarding or not the language barrier offered me help, food and shelter. I still have some faith in humanity. This is what makes me believe, what keeps me on going, thank you!
To Monica, my sister soul. The only that gets me, thank you for the support and for appearing in my life. Life will bring us together again, we have a thousand and more travels together ahead. It’s your time now.
To Esmeralda, you were my mentor beside my friend. I miss you so much, I know you will do great and we will meet somewhere again.
To Carla, you are an amazing friend and person. Thank you for being that friend who would hear me and help me. Thank you for letting me be an influence (hopefully good) in your life. Happy travels!! You’ve got so much ahead of you.
To all my friends in the DMV area, I love you all and I’m so glad I was able to visit a good part this small week. Thank you for being there after so many years. It’s always good to see known faces. I will try to see the rest the next time (which is soon!).
To all the haters, thank you for the love. You guys always push me to keep on going!!
I’ve never been more alive than now. This is it, that’s all I need in life. I’m just lucky as hell. I’m lucky to have y’all in my life and I’m infinitely thankful which makes a thank you not enough.
I can just think of this song, Fille du vent by Keny Arkana… That’s how I feel right now
Listen to the whole song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPNqNHCO61o
Free like the wind
I set my sails
Yes, I killed the impossible
The stars are enough
Life of difficulty, I fled
At large, I let go of my rage
And my tears I wipe
I am, and I take off
When the signs decided it
I bow to life
Even my worries resign
On the road, toward unknown
I write my story
Promised land, my exile
Far from what the world shows to us
Daughter of the wind, an enigma
Free but dignified
I free myself, a traveler forever
Valorous enemy of routine
A head full of rhymes
At a time where their world engulfs itself
Sobbing, I left
Where the sun smiles
In search of the only the memories of the soul
Laughter; my freedom
She dictates my voice
I fight inertia
I go forward, between the ups and downs
I bounce when the ground collapses under my steps
I grew up under the stars
In a crisis, who do you believe?
Icy world, cold ice
But too bad
Alive as long as adventure calls me
It’s by walking on the ground
That I healed my pain
Momentum is insanity in the others eyes
I turn around the sun
Free like the air, and a smile on my lips
From trains to trains, I left through the window
To be free, I suffered
Because I wasn’t old enough to be free
So fuck your morals
Maybe take the opportunity
A crazy life
My life, a hymn to boldness
[Staying] in our places? Never!
The earth is my country
Pilgrimage or journey
To be free or to perish
Like a steam of pure water
On my burning wounds
Connected to the present
I feel good only when I’m in motion
To find myself without my torments
In the opening I look for God
Far from convents and crowds
I often thought of leaving everything
To live my life to the fullest
Because the modern world is so exhausting
But my mission is here
So I leave and come back
Like back when my path came from nothing
My steps come from far away
Any they haven’t finished walking
Until the rise of day
Or when death come to take me
I will leave, as free as I arrived
Life taught me to navigate
From experience to experience
Like a blade to a file
I polish my chakras
Until I see my suns are aligned
Daughter of the wind
I never forgot that we are all brothers
That one doesn’t sully the sun with dust
I rediscover my wings
Don’t be angry if I desert the system
Call me daughter of the wind…
I will try to update my blog and share some moments from my trip. At least for this month, everything will be a bit still.
Let’s hope for the best as for my next plans. Everything is still unclear, but looking up high.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!