Arrived back in Yellowknife
Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
107Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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I had an amazing year, as it was both a physical and spiritual journey. I was very blessed not to have anything really bad happen (other than a bout of food poisoning in Ljubliana, Slovenia, bronchitis in Hoi Ann, Vietnam and being robbed in Luann Prabang, Laos). My parents and family in Canada are all ok, and I experienced such an abundance of assistance from strangers - both other tourists and locals - some whom I can only call 'angels' (honestly!) who showed up at exactly the minute I needed help,whether it was taking me to the hospital emergency in Slovenia or helping me find a tuk tuk in Bangkok, or just crossing the streets of Hanoi and Saigon.
People often ask me if I was scared this year travelling by myself and I can honestly say I was never scared! I am not sure why I wasn't but I think I just thought things work out and the atmosphere was never scary - even walking around by myself at night in Bangkok or Sydney. I had a positive attitude and expectation that people are basically good and kind. When I left, I said I am not getting any younger nor is the world going to be getting any safer, so I better go now. I return saying I am indeed not any younger now! but the world is not as scary as I thought it was going to be which is not a bad trade-off.
So thank you to all the angels and helpful people I met, and thank you to those of you who have been following my blog and sending me telepathic and online messages from time to time. And a big thank you as well to the friends and relatives I visited on my long route back to Yellowknife, which included Vancouver, Ladysmith, Nanoose Bay, Calgary, Lethbridge, the Qu'Appelle Valley, the farm near Whitewood, Yorkton, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
As of Monday, Oct. 1 I am back at work in the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.