Met up with Ben and some friends he got to know (when he backpacked to Vang Vieng) for dinner last night and I envy them. So carefree and full of energy, and all go with the flow. Literally. I wished I could be like these people – not having to plan my next course in life, happy with things as simple as a good (cheap) beer and having the time of my life.
These guys are street smart, knowledgeable and determined to see and experience as much as they can. They’ve been to more parts of Asia than I have been, and all have great stories to tell me – some funny, some dreadful, but all entertaining.
If only I could drop everything and just pack my basic necessity and go wherever my mood takes me. All my holidays are planned – sometimes very detailed – by rif. My only impromptu trip was when I flew to Bangkok in 2011 to see Christy. Bought the tickets 2 nights before without telling rif and then I was off! It felt good, but I felt bad for not talking things through with rif.
I guess it happens when you grow up together and build your life around each other. Parts of you are going to rub off on the other half, and I guess his over-planning and structured thinking somewhat rubbed off on me.
Super tempted to go to Vietnam or even Laos now. I know rif isn’t going to want to go to these places and he’s probably worried if I go alone. I’ve been so sheltered by him and my parents, I don’t know if I’ll survive a backpacking trip in Asia. Europe was easy, but Asia will be a big challenge for me.
Don’t know if I can stand waking up from the ticking of a cockroach, or if a spider falls on my face while sleeping. :shock: And rif has been in charge of most of our holidays (including packing my conditioner and toothpaste!), I’m going to struggle a little bit without him by my side.
Maybe I should just do it … so I can toughen up. :P
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