There And Back Again
For those Tolkien fans, you know that's the subtitle to The Hobbit. I've always loved that book, and that title. It implies a great journey and a safe return. And that's what I'm about to embark upon, a great journey.
On Friday I leave for a two month sabbatical. Technically it's an "extended leave of absence" which means it's unpaid and I have to pay for my benefits while I'm gone, but I like the word sabbatical better. And what am I doing on this sabbatical, what quest? Well, mainly travel. I'm going to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.
So the question I always get is, why those place, why now, etc. Well when I left the Navy, I spent a month in New Zealand and a month in Australia. BEST TIME EVER. And I've been with my company for over 15 years now, and I just had a certain milestone birthday, so I'm like why not? I mean, this whole trip will probably be less than a new sports car. So just chalk it up to part of my continuing mid-life crisis. I'm going to Australia and New Zealand to hopefully recapture/relive some of the wonderful experiences I had the first time I was there. And then (with exception of a short port visit to Pattaya Beach when I was in the Navy), I've never been to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Fiji. I've always been fascinated with Angkor Wat so I wanted to do that and I've recently discovered Bagan so I'm making a quick trip there when I'm in Myanmar. And Fiji? Well a little beach time in a hut on a sparkling blue lagoon sound just about perfect, right?
When I did this last time, I was young and fairly carefree. I'm a little bit more anxious about this trip. It's a little bit out side of my comfort zone. Plus going to Asia means shots! I've had two Hep A/Hep B shots, two Japanese Encephalitis shorts, a polio booster, a series of typhoid pills, and I'll start my malaria pills when I get on the plane. So good times. But I'm sure it will be all worth it.
Anyways, please follow along on my travels!