May 01, 2013

Where in the World... I? 

As of this moment, I am leeching wi-fi Internet from the Lagnes Airport in Tromso, Norway.  My flight leaves in a couple of hours, and since I have some time to kill, I figured that the most productive way to do so is to blog.

Ah, blogging.  I remembered posting an entry lamenting on how I've been neglecting this blog for the most part of the year.  Being swallowed up by the micro-blogging hype, I paid more attention to my social networking accounts, and contented myself with giving out short bursts of updates to those interested in the happenings of my life. I concluded the entry with a pledge to go back to my blogging roots, and to write purposefully for a change.

Hmm.  THAT didn't happen now, did it?

I can come up with a few million excuses as to why I was not able to follow through on my promise.  Lack of time, lack of inspiration, lack of things to blog about... yadi yadi yah.  Regardless, the fact still remains that I was not able to keep up to that promise.  And now, here I am again, attempting to redeem myself.

There are a LOT of things I want to write about, especially now that I've had the opportunity to travel to new places for the past couple of months.  See, I was given an opportunity to go to Warsaw for three months, where I'm to support a client during their testing phase of the product (zzzz.... enough about that.  Work is the boring part of the adventure, anubaaa).  Since Warsaw is a part of the Schengen Area, my onsite opportunity also became an opportunity for me to explore the rest of Europe.  Europe, pare.

And boy, did I explore.  This year is most definitely MY year to travel, with my backpacking trips to Korea and Japan starting off the year:

As I was applying for my Schengen visa, I was able to catch up with friends in Singapore... 

...AND do some planking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

I learned about the what really happened during the Holocaust, when I visted Krakow, Poland. 

Had my own taste of adventure, backpacking in Paris, France... 

...then hopping into a train to Italy, where I was able to go to Pisa... 

...and to Venice... 

...and to Vatican City in Rome... 

...and to Rome itself. 

I was also able to have my own personal experience of the Aurora Borealis in Tromso, Norway. 

I still have a month to go before my onsite assignment ends.  I have no more future plans of traveling within Europe (kasi wala na akong pera hahaha), but I am looking forward to the beginnings of winter here in Warsaw.  I have to say that despite the short time, I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to travel to different places, to meet new people from different cultures, and most of all, to be able to pull this off all by myself.  Sure, it will certainly be loads more fun if I were with a friend, but to say that I am having a blast alone is a testament to how genuinely empowering the experience is.

Hopefully I am able to follow-up on my travel adventures in my succeeding blog entries.  Andami ko talaga kasing gusto ikuwento. :-)

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