The first days of 2013…

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So today I’ve been in Greece for a month, after the crazy last minute trip to the Middle East (I will write about this later).

I haven’t really done too much in this month… I am now back to work, same office as before, but a totally different role which is actually interesting! Who would have thought I could have an interesting job in the public sector…

Apart from that, I had a nasty flu which came with a very bad cough and made me very weak – so all I could do was go to the office, go home, cook something, watch a movie. I went out once, and returned home around 11pm because I was tired 😛

Last week I went to a couple of yoga classes – and realised that I remember a lot of things, but I am a bit rusty. Or more than a bit. My goal is to be back on track in June… or even later, I’m not in a hurry, but June is a good month as it’s far enough and yet not TOO far and it’s time for the beach yee-haw 🙂

So these days I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the last year… A year off work, without routine, away from most things familiar. A year spending time at (mostly) new places, meeting (mostly) new people, eating (mostly) different foods – and what do you know, when you are on the road you can’t put on any weight although you are eating twice as much as usual… a mystery. A year when what mattered most was where to sleep at night, what to eat, where to go next. I’m thinking about it every day as I walk to the office – a 20 minute walk with no distractions and no surprises, apart from a metro strike (which, incidentally, is not really a surprise)…

I thought this article written by my good friend Tristan describes a bit how I feel… http://www.vagabondjourney.com/study-abroad-training-for-the-modern-vagabond/ “For us, the real goal is to be exposed to new things and new ideas, so that we can learn more about our world and about ourselves”. I am sure I have found out some things about myself that I didn’t know before… it’s been a really interesting year, and I believe I will do it again at some point.

That said, it’s time to go on with the blog!

The last place I wrote about was a place I was almost a year ago… Recife / Olinda https://vanidio.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/carnival-part-1-carnival-in-recife-olinda/. It was a time when I decided to escape the rain in North Brazil and go back to Rio, to experience the rest of the carnival and to meet my friends Tiina and Andreas who had been travelling for a few months already. I had a couch with Eddie, and I had a ticket to go to the sambodrome…

Stay tuned 🙂

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About Vanidio

I was born in Athens, Greece, and left at the not-so-tender age of 27 to go to London for a master's degree - or, rather, to go experience the city. I worked there for a while, and after four years I decided to move back to Athens, and got a really boring job with a decent (more than decent) salary. In December 2011 I took a year off work, and travelled to Latin America, Europe, Greece and the Middle East. When I came back, I spent quite a bit of time trying to fit in and organise my "normal" life - or decide that I don't really want a "normal" life. At that time, travelling was more important to me than almost anything else... And then things changed a bit, as I got an offer from a foreign company to organise tours for foreigners in Athens. Dream coming true? Yes! We've done a few tours so far, and hopefully more are coming... let's see! And then things changed even more, as I met a nice, handsome foreigner through one of these tours. And we are now living together, and planning our next trips together :) Life is strange, isn't it!

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