I managed to arrive in New Zealand in one piece. It was a fairly rough journey home as I was still very weak and on the way home from Singapore the tummy bug started to advise me that it hadn’t quite finished with me yet! To make things worse, I managed to pick up a cold on the way home so by the time arrived in Wellington I was pretty worn out!
I arrived home on Wednesday and had to take the rest of the week off work to recuperate and get my strength back. The tummy bug lingered, the cold developed into a full on sinus infection and my hair started to fall out! After two trips to the doctor, another course of antibiotics, a lot off sleep and a few weeks of taking it easy, I eventually came right. All and all the trip to India lead to a loss of 7kg (most of that in the last week!) of which I put 2kg back on as soon as I got better. The rest has crept back slowly over a period of months.
Travel Insurance is GREAT, while the medical costs were minimal I would have been stuffed had I not been able to change my flights. Always get travel insurance.
NEVER schedule workshops the 1st day back at work after a long overseas trip. It is asking for trouble, esp if you have people travelling to attend them! I missed the first two days of a series of workshops that I was supposed to be running… not a great look.
And most importantly… when in India NEVER drink the ‘filtered’ water in local restaurants. Ever. Oh, yeah and don’t eat chicken either, it’s best to stick to vegetarian! Hmm… not quite sure what I was thinking!
I am home. Happy at home. It’s GREAT. I get the feeling my friends have setup a couple of sweepstakes… how long will it last? I don’t know… my gut instinct is that I will be here at least a couple of years.
So – what have I been up to in NZ? Well, just living the in the rat race really.
I got my old job back; I’m working with the same bunch of really cool people as last time and have been working on some pretty cool projects. I also got my old flat back and am living with some really cool people. I even joined my old gym. I’ve been hanging out with the same people…. it seems everyone has moved on and changed a little bit – but it is almost as if I had never left!!
The main point of difference between now and then is the yoga… I am slowly easing myself into the Wellington yoga scene. It took several months but of after a bit of a yoga crawl I finally found a great studio in Wellington to practice (Yoga Unlimited on Tory St). I’ve spent the last couple of months practicing there, the teachers are GREAT… I love it.
The other thing I did this year was study… I started a postgrad somethingaratha in Information Systems through the open university in the UK. That was a bit challenging on my time management skills (or lack thereof) but well worthwhile. I really enjoyed the studies (more so when they were finished) as they kept me busy and focused on the now (opposed to having my head in the clouds scheming future trips abroad).
So – I’ve been keeping myself busy and have been enjoying being back home. No big trips planned (yet) although I do have my first overseas ‘normal persons’ holiday planned. Yep – I haven’t been home a year and I am heading back to INDIA! I am going back to Mysore for 4 weeks of Pranavashya yoga with Vinay Kumar and then will have a few days of R&R at the beach in Goa before heading back to NZ for another year (or two) of wonderful Wellington!
So – that is where I am at. I am heading to India on 17th December until 23rd January – I can’t wait! I will update the blog again to record my travels in India and the 2nd round of yoga in Mysore. Watch this space!
So this is the last blog entry for a while…. After a good 18 months gallivanting around Asia (with a 4 month stint at home in the middle) I am back in New Zealand theoretically for good! I say theoretically because we all know its highly likely I will have the urge to go on another big adventure… life is too short, the globe is too big and there are plenty more adventures to be had!
No, seriously – I am home for good. I even signed a permanent contract (I can say the ‘P’ word now),I signed up for an 18 month gym membership, have a contract with vodaphone. Gosh, I even bought a new bed.
Its good being back in Wellington, I feel a lot more settled than when I moved back home after my other OEs (2yrs in Bangkok, 2yrs in Belgium). I think I may actually settle this time. It’s funny though, I’ve come a full circle… I got the exact same job I left in Aug 07 back (I am even sitting at the same desk) and I have moved back into one of my old flats… it’s almost like I never went away.
So my friends… this is it. For now…. home sweet home 🙂
I am thinking it is time for a long overdue update! I was meaning to update this blog regularly while in New Zealand but it just hasn’t happened. I guess the pitfall of spending all day in front of a computer for work means that in my free time I don’t want to touch my laptop (not helped by the fact that it is dying).
Anyway, I am having a wonderful time in New Zealand and I am starting to get a bit sad about leaving again. It’s a bit of a weird feeling; I am sad to be leaving but excited to be going to some new destinations!!!
So… where to next? Well, on 13th September I will be flying back to Bangkok to spend 2 weeks at my dads place in Samutprakarn (near Bangkok). It’s most likely I will be working during those two weeks to get a bit more coin before heading off to Nepal and then on to India! (I’ve spent a fortune in NZ but it’s been worth it!!!)
Yep, Nepal and India are the next countries to visit…. I fly in to Kathmandu, spend a week travelling by myself and then I will join an intrepid tour that will take me overland to New Delhi. It’s all VERY exciting.
Here is a map of where I will be going:
After my tour I will travel by myself for a week or so and then join another tour around Rajasthan (northern India) that includes going to an annual camel fair which I am really looking forward to. Here is a map:
After the second tour I plan to travel around India by myself for a few months, but this is dependant on how I like India and how I find travelling there as a single female (I’ve been warned that it can be hard work but I am sure I will be ok).
So yeah… that is the plan. I have no idea what I will do after India, I guess I will probably go to Thailand to pick up my stuff from Dads and then move on to somewhere I can settle for a year or so. At the moment I am thinking South Korea (to teach English) or England (to get a real job), but you know me – I have a tendency to change my mind at the last minute and end up in random destinations!
Right – I better go. If I have the time/inclination before I leave I will post some photos/stories about what I have been up to in New Zealand.