Happy Birthday to ME :)
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
129Trip End Jan 22, 2013
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It's a bit weird to acknowledge this day in particular, when I've been having the time of my life for over 4 months now.
But what I DO want to acknowledge is what has made this journey so extraordinary - having a family who is proud of me and friends who follow this blog and share my experiences. This journey really wouldn't be the same without the support and encouragement I receive on a daily basis. I am thankful even for the choppy skype dates and frustrating phone connections that my family and friends endured, to keep my spirits up through those moments when I felt a bit lonely or blue. And my most generous friends D and C who have taken in my beloved dog and love him as their own (even without my definite return date!) - I could never thank them enough.
I also want to acknowledge all the courageous and adventurous travelers I met along the way, who opened my path to a new destination, who offered travel tips, who inspired me with their own experiences, and who created unforgettable memories with me on a foreign land (that includes you, John ;)).
Lastly I acknowledge all the locals who, despite my jaded and polluted attitude I developed towards humanity after living in NYC for way too long, warmed my heart and broke down my walls through their smiles, kind gestures, and open arms. I have been extremely fortunate to have encountered some of the nicest and sweetest people everywhere I went.
This journey is the best decision I've ever made in the 37 years of my life. And today I thank the people who made it possible, and who made my experiences so incredibly joyous for me.