It’s cliché but I have to say it… where does the time go? I have been in France for a year and a half. and now… IT’S 2012!! Yikes.
I am starting this year off right. I have finally received my work visa. Something I haven’t really delved into for various reasons on this blog but know it was the most awful thing I have had to go through administration wise… and well, stress wise. However, without struggle there would be no progress. Because it was such a difficult thing to do, I am even more grateful now. Sorry for the preaching moment–but seriously, be persistent and work you ass off and you can get what you want.
Other than loving the fact I no longer need to stress about my legality, I have been focusing most of my energy on plotting out my travels for the year and playing with my new camera. So far on the list: Copenhagen, Venice, Thailand, the Alps, Budapest, Prague… and plenty more in the works. I am trying to be diligent in planning because during high season at work (May through September), I really have no time for travel. However, this means during those months I can store up holiday and take a while off after it’s over. I think in October and November I will journey to South America for a bit. That is the plan at least… we will see how it goes.
And after all this madness? San Francisco. I have spent too long away from my family and the beaches of California. Being abroad has allowed me many incredible experiences and has also opened my eyes to a lot of things–one of those being that as awesome as experiences can be, your family and the ones you love matter most. I have valued last year and I know I will value this one, but I miss my family. It is hard not being able to see them when I want or even call them when I want. I know I will always be filled with wanderlust and I have no idea where life will take me, but I do feel like it is time to go home after this year…
…at least for a bit 🙂