Grounding my mind and me_to live in the moment

Trip Start Feb 05, 2009
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hectic last days in Holland, with lots of tears while saying goodbyes. Just across the border in Belgium car troubles, broken lager! So repairs need to be done in Brussels, our first camp spot. With Uzbekistan visa in our passport, we finally drive to Czech Republic, where we meet up with my soulmate Roman and his girlfriend Martina. Again car troubles, leaking oil at the back axle. Staying in Mlada Boleslav for a few days longer for more repairs. Mira impulsively flies back to Holland for suprise visit. I try to ground myself and live in the moment. Van is repaired, we will be on the move again tomorrow...

Only a week has passed and already lots of things happened...

The last days in Amsterdam could not be more hectic! As the the back axl was replaced, it turned out the cardan oil was still leaking in 2 places, so the day before setting of on the journey I had to go back again to get it fixed... for that and other reasons, like my mental state, we decide to set off on Saturday, first stop Brabant. To add to my state of "relaxation" I delevop a toothache, so on Friday I am visiting a dentist for an emergency treatment, which he would nog give me at first!!! Put persistent as I can be, luckily I am now typing this message with a (badly) repaired tooth without pain.

The last days are about seeing friends, clearing and closing the Pipi Langkous house for the last time,  Buying some more things, arranging last paperwork and picking up the passports from Visumburo, going through stuff with Mira to put the van, to be ordered later...

Then on Saturday it is really time to start driving, visiting my aunts for a (too) quick but lovely visit, and on to Miranda. Still there I have to arrange computer things and do last things on the van, but the To-Do list can be thrown away after. What a great feeling! On Sunday afternoon, Bianca, Sietske and Max drop by for last goodbyes. Lovely to give them a last hug. Tears flow. After dinner my last difficult goodbye with Mier is unaffoidable and difficult. Part of me wonders WHY do I want to be on the move again...but I know great adventures, great people and learning moments await me!

On to Tilburg to meet up with Mira at her parents place and arrange the van. We decide to leave the next day, taking the opportunity to have a good night sleep and a morning shower. Mira still has to finish things off and the embassy only being open until 12, has us finally setting of in the afternoon...

On our way to Mechelen, for an unexpected change to give Christa another hug...we are in time for dinner until.... Mira remembers she has left her drivers licence at her parents place!!
Pretty important document, so we have to go back. Luckily of us her parents meet us halfway in Turnhout. Thankx a lot for this!

On our way again, till we have to stop on the side of the road as the car makes a strange sound. No, not already in trouble. Yes it seems so. Luckily we make it to Mechelen, much later then intended, Christa, so quality time will be in India??? On Tuesday we make our way to the Uzbekistan embassy early, where we get the visa straightaway, after paying a nice sum of money of course. Time to look for a garage, cos the car is getting worse and worse. Asking and calling around, finally Piet can give us a DAF/LDV dealer in Brussels....turns out the middle lager is defect. Repairs can be made the next morning. So our first night sleeping in the van is in Brussels, spot: in a sports park with a beer, grass and toilet at hand.

The next morning a visit to the DAF garage, within a few hours the lager is replaced and we are on the move again, Czech here we come! Unfortunately I still hear strange sounds from under the car and somewhere in Germany I also see the oil drops on the left back wheel, leaking through the rubber...NO, what now?! Another garage has to be found when we get to Mlada Boleslav...

I manage to drive to his mothers' place in one go. Suprising her and Roman! Turns out he has his one place now, a great yoga center / teashop, alias City Cave. I am so happy to give him a hug again. tranquillity of the place overwhelms me and.....I break. Cannot stop crying. I feel soooo tired, not living in the moment at all. My mind racing here and there, worried about the car, still exhausted from the running the months before. I hoped I could shake it off when finally on the move, but cannot.

Due to the fact that the van has to be repaired again! It keeps me at Romans place for few days longer then planned, days I mentally need to ground myself again. Good talks with him and Mira helped me with this. Mira takes the opportunity to fly back to Holland for a suprise visit to a friend! Funny Crazy!
Over the weekend the car cannot be fixed so trying to relax and spend quality time with myself, Roman and his girlfriend Martina. Visiting country pub, going to nature for long walk and spring water and participating in a drumming session, finally touching my Djembe again! Finally feel grounded again,I am here and now.

At this moment, Frits (we named the van), is at the garage, to find out what more needs to be done, and what it will cost us. Can it be done today, more spare parts needed? I will let you know about this and other things....oke just come back from the place: Turns out the mechanic at the garage in Brussels forgot!!!! to tighthen the bolts at the back axl, so oil was leaking everywhere and on a more bumpy road we could have lost the whole thing!!!! 115 euro paid for nothing! You can understand I will send them an email and claim the money...big part of me wonders why I changed the back axl in the first place. As strange sounds come from under the car ever since. Ahhh

But as Roman said: Be thankful that it could be fixed here, so I couls stay at his place, have someone who speaks the language. Time giving me the space to relax and ground myself. A much needed thing, as more tears then smiles have decorated my face until now!

Mira will be back today, I am actually looking forward to it, want to travel together! Realize it now.
Something I could not really see until now. All happens in live for a reason, I try to take things (again) as they come...the good....and the (little) bad. Even I cannot control all things in life.
Frits, Mira and I will continue our travels....aiming end stop India!
As they say: 'It is all in the attempt'

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Roman's city cave
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mixolidius on

All prayers for Fritz...
What an unpleasant start - with those (luckily minor) Fritz problems! Angelique, I'm glad you were in the good hands of Ramon and his girlfriend. This has ment to be.
I will take some time to send good spirits to you and Fritz, in order to get your final destination.
Good luck and many kisses & hugs to you all!
I do now realise more than ever this is an important trip for you....

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