On 17 July 2013 I posted this blog, The Wanderer part 1 So I thought it would be apt to pick up on it seeing as another year has passed since then and this weird segmentation pattern has kind of persisted.
Part 4 kicked off on 28 August last year. That saw me travel through Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, The Czech Republic and finally Switzerland. 3 months of around 4 or 5 days in each town, taking in the sites, meeting people, drinking beer and generally just kicking lose.
Part 5: Working in Switzerland. Well, Switzerland was never on my list but the amount I saved working at The Thatch was never going to get me around the world, so I plumped for 3 months around Europe and then stopping to work again. Due to the miracle of Facebook, I got in touch with a South African musician now married and living in Switzerland who, with her husband, owns a Ski shop in Adelboden Switzerland: Hari Sport.
Before December last year, I didn’t really know Anika and I had never met Robi so believe me when I tell you they took a hell of a chance employing me! But they did and it worked out pretty well. I am no pro skier, but I can fit you out and set you up for some skis and other gear in 20 minutes flat, and I can service and repair the skis when you bring them back!
Part 6: Once the 3 months employment was up, I gratefully seized my Swiss Francs duly earned and caught he train back to Amsterdam. For the next 3 months I sought out work (at first idly and the increasingly franticly), acclimatised to the city and started to try and learn Dutch.
Part 7: Teaching Business English. For a 3 month flat out period I spent working for a Language Institute teaching Business English to 2nd language speakers. This was a new area of teaching or training for me, and it was quite a challenge at first. But I loved it and threw myself into it wholeheartedly.
Part 8 Kicks off tonight when I fly to Israel with my girlfriend. We’ll be meandering around the north of the country for a few weeks visiting family and friends. Then it back to Amsterdam for one night before heading to South Africa for an epic 2 1/2 month road trip.
None of this is what I had planned when I left England in August. But isn’t that the joy of cutting lose? You CAN change and you CAN just do something new and different. I am looking forward to the next 3 months of travel immensely. And I am looking forward to coming back to my new base of Operations: Amsterdam, when those months are done. As far as what next year looks like, check in with me in December! There are ideas, but right now, no real plan!
During these 6 months in Amsterdam, I have completed a re-write of my novel (which was direly needed); started a new one (the rant novel); re-connected with the guy who taught me to play guitar and started writing new material and tried to start some kinda of business/arts network here in Amsterdam… early days on that last one though!
So, I’ll be checking in while I am travelling. You guys keep well!