I was lying in bed last night counting sheep and listening to my daughter cough up a lung when I realised how quickly the last 15 years have passed me by. It feels like only yesterday I was impressing customers with my cocktail flaring skills from behind the bar on the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece. Now I’m married (for the second time) with kids and a mortgage. Where has the time gone… ?
Having started from scratch two years ago (and then seeing my cousin and her husband doing it recently) got me thinking about how much I have moved around since leaving school: 4 years in Stellenbosch, 9 months in Cape Town, 6 months in London, 4 months in Israel, 6 months in Greece, another 6 months in the UK, 12 months back in George (where I grew up in South Africa), 2 years in London, 4 years in Padua ( Italy), 5 years in London and finally, two years in Australia. And that’s just places I’ve lived in! I think I counted about 39 permanent addresses that I’ve had in my life time.
When it comes to travelling, I could add another 33 countries to that list: Namibia, Comores, Maldives, Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, Malta, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, USA, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Tortola (BVI), Martinique, St Maartin, St Lucia, Malaysia and Singapore! You should see my passport(s)!
What do I have to show for all this travel? Memories. Fantastic friends. And photos! Lots of them! 4 fat albums full of prints from the old days and over 20 000 digital photos on an external hard drive! Some of these can be seen on the net.
You know what would be really great? Catching up with all the people I ever met while backpacking around. Oh, and finally getting to South America would be pretty awesome too!
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