It’s time again to take a look back through my archives and pull out a post from my past. This week marks the one year anniversary of taking my life into my own hands and making big decisions. On June 12, 2009 I sat in my apartment on the Upper East Side and purchased a one way ticket to Europe. I made the decision to quit my job concrete. This is the post, two days later, that highlights exactly what I was going through at that time in my life. It’s funny to see how much my itinerary changed since the early days when I was scribbling my travel plans on calendars to when I arrived in Europe and threw those calendars away and went with the wind.
June 14, 2009: It’s Really Happening
I did it.
On Friday after a lot some deliberation and some alot of encouragement from friends, I purchased a one way ticket to Munich. For August 17th. Which is…oh….two months away.
Suddenly its real, suddenly its not just talk. I’m going to Europe for two months and I’m not returning to New York when I come back. I’m not returning to New York. It hasn’t really hit me yet, hasn’t really hit me that somehow I have to find a way to send all my stuff back to my parents, I have to sublet my place, I have to save all my money, I have to potentially park myself on someone’s couch for two weeks….I have to leave.
All of this is very unreal for me, I’ve thought and talked about getting out of NY for so long, talked about quitting my job, talked about traveling the world for more than just a week long vacation. And here it is, everything wrapped into one pretty package. There are a lot of unknowns, like what to do when I get back from my travels, how I’m going to afford a move and a car, where I’m going to go. What I’m going to do after I split up from my brother while overseas. Luckily I have two months to figure some things out, and a lot of time while traveling to think even more.
Lets talk about my travels, because I’d rather not think about my leaving all my friends and my life here behind. So I mentioned my itinerary before, however it has changed. I will be splitting up from my brother and my father on September 12th and instead of going to Iceland, I will be going to London. From there I will travel west to Bath and Stonehenge, before heading north towards Nottingham, Newcastle (to visit P$!), then on upwards through Scotland, eventually ending up in Inverness and then Aberdeen where I will be flying to dublin. Once in Ireland I plan on traveling along the coast before making my way to Shannon where I will catch a flight back to the US.
This is where you come in, if anyone wishes to meet me at any point in my travels (I have talked about this with Lily and if she ends up coming at any point, I may be way too excited), we should discuss because a) I could definitely use the company, b) we’d have WAY too much fun, and c) OMG THE FUN.
I just can’t believe this is really happening. Someone pinch me?