I meant to say “Ciao, ITALIAAA!”
Oh my goodness. I can’t believe the last time I’ve wanted to leave a place so fast- and yes, I am referring to London. It was an amazing city, and I had a semi good time, but the experiences I had were just so…BIZARRE and UNCOMFORTABLE. Blame it on the post SAS life crisis.
The city of London was not to blame, but the fact that the prices were double the prices of everything in the U.S.A., that did not help at all.
First, I’ve been on Semester at Sea for four months, and I have barely been able to process much of anything. This whole motto of “living in the present” was into full gear for the whole 112 days, and once it was over, it was as if somebody had punched us in the gut and told us: “Well, off now. You are now a world traveler. Go on, my dear, travel without the amazingness of the MV Explorer, its people, and its crew members.”
I slept on the repacking table and while I slept The mentality of “SAS taught us well. We can sleep anywhere. We got this, as long as we are all together.” And it was true. In the middle of the night I met a man from Kenya that was running as Kenya’s next president. Interesting and bizarre are two words that described him. Charismatic? Not really.
Running on two hours of sleep, money taken out of my account, I was having a mental heart attack because I only had so much for my Europe backpacking trip and every penny counts. That’s the only way it’s possible, right? Penny pinchin’.
Many people think that travelers live this glamorous life- and maybe we do. Squat pee toilets (asia), no toilets (many countries), sleeping in a makeshift movie theater (THIS HAPPENED IN LONDON), having traveler’s diarrhea…I can go on and on! Yes, traveling is a privilege but student travelers, for example, travel on a tight budget. Now that SAS students are without the MV Explorer, we may be skipping meals- the first time we’ve done that in a while.
CIAO , ITALIA! Now that I’ve finally got myself together, I can enjoy this Europe trip. The whole deal with my bank account still hasn’t been settled but I’m on the other side of the world. I have to enjoy every day, and every moment, because I’m just going to loathe myself for it once I get back home.
What am I up to now? I’m currently couchsurfing with Chris, and a new friend we’ve made- Andrew the screenwriter from San Francisco. Luca, who is awesome btw, is currently hosting us! With all the things that have happened in the last few days, staying in a stranger’s home, drinking wine with him, and playing poker has been the most normal night I’ve had thus far.
Bizarre questions and facts that have gone through my head
1) In London, the shuttle buses provide Wi-Fi. SO, WHY CAN’T A PLACE WE PAID A FORTUNE FOR LIKE THE SHERATON SKYLINE PROVIDE WI-FI IN OUR ROOMS? It was just a mere question- a moving bus with wi-fi, yet hotels/hostels do cannot provide wi-fi in the rooms?
2) Only four days off the MV Explorer and I’ve already gotten irritated about the Wi-fi. I need to calm down and know I can live without it.
3) I’ve missed blogging SO MUCH. Best believe I’m going to take care of this little booger (my blog) like my baby.