[Complete English version in the second half of the entry.]
Sometimes I tend to “live in the past” despite my capabilities to plan and soldier on. It was never easy for me to let go of friendships or more, and when I look back on a trip, the unpleasant moments tend to take on comical colors, while the beautiful moments shine. When I think about Riga, for instance, I easily dismiss the irritations back then with a chuckle, while Edgars’ surprised smiles of child-like innocence radiates through anything. As for the unbearable heat and consequent stickiness all the way from the last part of Poland through Slovakia to the beginning of my Hungary journey, they have almost (almost) fallen into oblivion, and yet the important talks and experiences of a lifetime journey during those uncomfortable couple of weeks remain vivid and will likely stay that way.
I tend to try hard to stay in contact with friends I meet in a trip by writing emails from time to time to learn more about them and their cultures. This trip is too different, however, in terms of duration and complexity; the end is still far away (I hope), and I still need to plan constantly to make things work, so I don’t know what to expect.
What I do know is that I can’t help but smile when I think of certain names and faces that marked various dates and destinations of this journey. I will soon leave Shenghen area, which means the 100th day of the trip is just around the corner. Superficially that means I will have accomplished one-third of the journey, even though the latter two-thirds can only be more complicated to tackle, and in any case even by the time I reached the middle of my Poland journey I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to see this 100th day.
I would like to invite friends who have taken part in this journey before its 100th day to celebrate with me. You’re on the guest list if you:
- have met me in this trip;
- have participated in the preparations before the trip; and
- have never met me and yet do enjoy reading the blog from time to time.
Please celebrate with me by writing a couple of paragraphs to respond this blog entry.
Two things about the response:
- Please remember to sign with a name I CAN recognize; (there may be lots of Tomeks or Elisabeths, so I’d suggest that you specify where we met and what we did;)
- If possible, it’s best to provide a couple of anecdotes of what we have been through together.
I’m grateful to you for everything we’ve shared and give you all the hugs.