A little under a year ago, I made an announcement here. I told you that I was up to something. That something was leaving Austria for an undetermined amount of time, having bought a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico on June 18th, 2012. Today, I have the next similarly but not quite as big announcement:
I did it again. I bought another one-way ticket!
After 342 days, 25 flights and 12 countries I will arrive back in Vienna on June 18th, 2013.
Again, there is a one-way ticket involved and the amount of time I will be spending there is undetermined for now. At the moment, I just honestly can't tell how long I will be in Austria. A month? Two? Three? And I also can't say right now where I will go from there, because I definitely do want to leave again. I want it to be a visit only. Short but very sweet.
Not that I don't love Austria, you know I do.
But I also really, really love being ontheway.
So, this is my last week here in Trinidad for now.
A lot of déja vu moments have been happening to me over the last few days, because this is, after all, the second time I'm leaving Trinidad and Tobago. This is the second time I leave Saint James, the second time I leave this very room. And again, I leave behind old and new friends. Again, I don't know when I'll be back. Wow, feelings...
I'm trying my best to get together with all my friends one more time before I leave, because I will miss each and every single one of them. I'm also making lists for packing and lists for what I must not forget to get done before I leave and during the trip and when I get to Vienna. I'm sorting through all my stuff and figuring out what to toss or give away versus what I can keep and take with me or leave with someone for safekeeping. Because, just like last time, I have more than I can carry. Surprise, surprise. Packing will be quite the challenge this time, I dread the moment when I can't postpone it anymore. If anybody wants to do that for me, here's your chance! Just drop me a line and we can coordinate a day and time for you to come by and wedge all my stuff into my backpack for me. Yes? That'd be great. Don't worry, I booked hand luggage this time, so it's not all that hard.
Do it yourself, you say? Yeah, I guess.
It's just a lot to do in a short amount of time, that's why I'm trying to get others to take over my chores and do them for me. You can't blame me for trying! With all the things I'm trying to cram into the small amount of time I have left before I leave here next Sunday, every thing I can tick off my ToDo list or have somebody else do for me is precious minutes or hours gained to spend with a friend or doing something fun I won't be able to do for who knows how long after I leave.
I will be very honest with you, though. I'm not that sad. Yes, there's a ton of people that I will miss very much. Yes, I will also miss my life here, which has been extremely challenging but also incredibly amazing. So many adventures lived, so many souls touched, so many lessons learned. But - and this is a big but (I like them, I cannot lie) - I am also really looking forward to going to Austria.
Please don't ask me why. It should be obvious! It's a great country! And my family is there, as are a lot of people who I love very much! I want to tell you all my grand plans for my time there in a separate post, so I won't go into detail here, but just know that you should never doubt that somebody who is going to Austria is looking foward to it. They definitely are. They have to be! If they say they're not then they're either lying or insane.
That's all the news I have for now, just wanted to share that with you.
Now, we can prepare ourselves together.
For the next big adventure.