Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
21Trip End Nov 10, 2007
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John started to work self employed as an engineering consultant, whereas I returned to my old job at Unilever. Nothing had changed too much, and some people hadn't even noticed that I had been away!
Travelling really broadens the mind. For me, the most amazing experience is to experience how people live in the world. It was touching to see the basic villages in India and Laos, where the people were so warm and happy. Carrying very little and moving outside of the comforts of the western world was also strangely rewarding.
4 days ago I finally agreed to accept a new position in Unilever as a product development manager (Lipton leaf tea). I am really excited about the job but I have to admit that I am even more excited about the time that I have off for travelling. I will have 7 weeks unpaid leave whilst changing departments at work, starting from next Friday! John has actually been on summer holidays since the beginning of June (although he claims to have been working very hard every day) so travelling for him is no problem.
Questions are racing through my mind. What are we going to take? What are we going to do with our house? Will we be camping? What will the weather be like? Do we need vaccinations? Are we going to keep a travelblog? I suppose the most important question to decide, is where are we going?
Our trip will start with a party in Thessaloniki for the Greek-Persion wedding extravaganza of Konstantia and Ramin. The ceremony starts at 6pm and it is guaranteed to make a new chapter in history.
After that, we don't know where we will go. The current choice is between Argentina or Nepal. I would like to visit Argentina because apart from Mt Fiztroy and Perito Moreno, we hardly explored the country during our 2006 trip. Most of the travellers I met said that they had their best experience there. Famous for its Patagonian mountains, friendly people and excellent wine and beef, it will not disappoint. The only slight concern is that it just entering spring. This means that it will be pretty cold in Patagonia and we may not be able to do much hiking. John's choice is to visit Nepal. There will be endless hikes to chose from.
We will buy our tickets in the next few days. Does anyone fancy joining us?
8 more days to go....