21 Thoughts on the 41st Day

We spent today resting our feet in in our Airbnb apartment in Berlin. I’ve been thinking a lot about how this trip will change me and how I think.

I’ve certainly learned a lot over the past five weeks, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts!

  1. The best decision ever: packing one backpack.
  2. Yes, it is possible to spend every waking moment with a person and not murder them.
  3. And if you don’t murder them, they reward you with shiny things!
  4. EVERYONE speaks English.
  5. Going forward, always budget double than what you’re expecting to spend.
  6. I miss my bed.
  7. I miss hearing Canadian voices, especially familiar ones.
  8. Scottish people, by far, are the nicest, friendliest people I’ve met.
  9. Seeing a Canadian flag gets me more excited than it probably should.
  10. So many sheep!
  11. The English and the Scots have yet to figure out coffee.
  12. I can’t get over that it is 15 degrees and sunny in November.
  13. Apparently walking 10,000 steps a day (6.5 km) every day on cobblestone and uneven sidewalks ruins your feet (and socks).
  14. I’m kinda sick of reading my Kobo – I need a real book.
  15. I’m not sure if I’m doing all the things I should on this trip.
  16. The Dutch have got it right with waffles, with bikes, with coffee, with life.
  17. I gotta hand it to the ladies in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. I can’t imagine standing in a window wearing tiny lingerie, while looking so comfortable and confident.
  18. Travelling is very much about managing expectations, learning how to be uncomfortable, and learning how to not go insane when you spend 6 or 12 hours on a train.
  19. Being physically sick will make you homesick.
  20. For the rest of my life, I will pay to not have to wake up at 2 in the morning and to board first on a plane.
  21. As much long-term travel can be tedious or boring, it gives you a new perspective on life and yourself, and can give you some awe-inspiring moments.

– Lauren

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