Kota Kinabalu, Baltimore, Toronto, Beijing, Los Angeles, Siem Reap, Battambang, Si Si Ket, Phnom Penh, Kampot, Concord MA, Paris, Kabul, Bangkok, Georgetown, and now home.
It’s a random set of 16 cities that I have spent more than one week travelling or working in for the past 16 months. Some I have visited twice, some thrice and some I have stayed in for a couple months.
It’s amazing the sequences of life events that propel you from one location to the next and everyone in each city that I meet along the way has been fascinating and friendly. Kota Kinabalu wasn’t even on my radar until a good mate suggested it about a week before I departed, but it lead to randomly climbing Mount Kinabalu. Si Si Ket was a random small town that I would have never stopped in except for the zombie bite bike wound and 6 months ago I never thought that I would be here in Afghanistan.
I am really lucky. I don’t take it for granted, and even though I felt like I just “got” here, these little trips are far from over.
Right now I have an important decision to make, every couple months I am entitled to a 2 week vacation and a free (reasonable) flight ticket. Woohoo! Unfortunately due to work shennigans I have to book my first trip soon. So I started emailing peeps, and narrowed it down to a couple places on the list.
Journeys with fun people make it even better. So here is the list and please recommend more and if you would like to join:
Cambodia – it would be nice to go back to visit my Khmer family, friends and the bike shop. Unfortunately the ticket is $3000 US return from Kabul. So it’s not an option this time, but it needs to go on the list and I hope to visit before the New Year.
More random sequence of events that I can collide with – The merrier.