So travelling, especially for an extended amount of time, always makes you realize things about yourself. Here’s a couple quick ones about me.
- I’ve always thought iPad touches and iPads are overrated. They do a lot of cool stuff, but they don’t have the capabilities to replace your computer, so I never really went for it. Plus when you aren’t on a college campus, wifi can be hard to get for free However, now that I’m travelling on my own, I see the value. Almost all hostels have free wifi but not all of them have available computers. Plus, I’m constantly logging in to my email and occaisionally booking things online (which kind of scares me to think how many places I’ve typed in my password and credit card information across Europe). Even some of the buses I’ve been on have free wifi. Between internet access and apps that allow you to text from the web, get you unlost, or find cheap but good hostels, I can see the value there.
- I have learned a lot of history in the past few weeks. I’ve touched buildings that are over 1000 years old. I’ve seen books created by monks in the 9th century. I walked through the rubble of ancient churches. With all that comes tons of history, especially related to the British Empire. My confession is this: after spending weeks absorbing the colorful histories of all the places I’ve been, it’s all muddled together to the point where I can’t really tell you which British monarchs were ruling during what major time periods. There were so many Henrys and Jameses and Edwards that I’m afraid I’m no closer to mastering European history than I was a month ago.
- I absolutely refuse to eat McDonald’s, Burger King, or Subway on this trip. My only exceptions are McDonald’s breakfasts, or if it’s the only things I can find in an airport. So far though I’ve been successful in my avoidance.
- I’m kind of antisocial when I’m travelling alone. It’s as if I use so much social energy when I’m with friends that in my time alone, I’m typically not actively seeking friends. I’m content to explore museums or grab a meal on my own. When I’m sitting next to another lone traveler on the bus I’ll usually strike up a conversation, but I really enjoy the simplicity of travelling by myself.
- It’s finally happened, folks: I now drink coffee. Granted, it involves lots of milk, but I’ve gotten there. I drink it almost every day. Who know if this is a travelling thing or a more permanent part of life, guess we’ll see!
Alright, friends, I think that’s all for now!