It’s Wednesday and I leave for Cambodia on Saturday. That means that I am starting to feel like the time here is winding down. With that feeling comes the thoughts of “is there anything I missed?” or “is there anything I should buy before I leave?” or “Will I ever come back here again?”
The answer to all three of those questions is a resounding “Yes” As when I was leaving Sydney (but to a lesser degree) I have mixed emotions. After a month you start to feel comfortable in a location and you like the familiarity that comes with time. So you are hesitant to leave. But at the same time you begin to anticipate the next chapter and the chance to start anew.
Unlike the rest of the trip where I’ve pretty much stayed put for long stretches of time, over the next month or so I will be moving around more frequently. This will no doubt be more tiring than what I’ve done thus far, but I’m going to some really exiciting places and I am looking forward to the change.
By far, the most memorable thing about Bangkok will be the people that I came to know here. I’ve made new friends that I am sure I will be in contact with in the future. They’re all avid travellers, they were extremely kind to me, and I would not be surprised to see our paths cross again. Then there was time with an old friend, Jill. That will remain a highlight and an experience that we will share long after this sabbatical is over.
A sneak peak at what’s ahead: Cambodia and Vietnam.