27.08.2014 - 06.09.2014 22 °C
And I'm back. Hmmm, how is it to be back, I am being asked a lot these days. Most of the time with pity in the persons voice. Welllllll….let me start from the beginning. When I landed in Frankfurt and I saw the Taunus (mountain range where I'm from) and my very familiar Frankfurt skyscrapers (the Frankfurt fair tower being my favorite), I was flooded with a bunch of feelings and all of them were positive: Overwhelmed that I TRAVELLED AROUND THE WORLD AND OMG ON MY OWN THIS IS SO AWESOME, excited about what's next (you've kinda trained yourself to feel that way when you travel long-term and arrive at a new destination, even if it's home, clear sign that I had no idea what was going on at that point) and looking forward to being picked up by my parents. That's an advice I'd like to give you: Make sure someone picks you up. Also if it's the parents picking you up and if your parents are somewhat like mine, you can be sure that you immediately will find yourself in a funny, eye-roling, but loving situation. I for instance was not allowed to hug my Mum until my Dad had sorted his camera, so he could take a picture of the hugging. Typical…still makes me laugh *lol*.
Arriving at home was cool too. I had sent 2 parcels from along the way and of course had forgotten what I had sent. My parents and I spent a wonderful evening chatting, unpacking, and I got to show off all my souvenirs; it felt like my own little Christmas. That evening was mine, I had the full attention and that was nice. Advice to the people welcoming a wanderer: Let them talk. Please, just let us talk and share. And rather ask too many questions than not enough. It's hard coming back and we need this. Once we're done, we'll get to you and ask how you are eventually, but be patient
For a second reason it was good that I didn't fly into Munich (where I live) directly: My parents house is home too, but it is not where my daily life happens, so I think that gave me an easier step-by-step re-entry into my culture.
And a third reason was that just two days later my friends Maura & Adam from Luxembourg arrived to visit me for the weekend WHICH WAS THE BEST THE ABSOLUTE BEST YAAAAY! Besides just being there with & for me, those two did me a huge favor by insisting on looking at every single picture I had taken during the trip. I didn't know I needed that, but it was very important to do this right after my arrival because since I'm in Germany the whole trip seems like a dream. This feeling was a surprise…and makes me unhappy to be honest. How can it feel like a dream? Can it feel more real, please? Why is it so normal to be back? I don't get it. Maybe it is this way because it was just a hell of a lot. A lot of people have told me to relax and take my time and I think they are right. I'm so happy I still gave myself 2.5 weeks from getting back to having to start work again.
Which HOWEVER did not stop me from booking another 5 days at Lake Garda in Italy next week! I've had a week in Munich to organize my stuff, see my friends, spend a day in my Alpes, ride my bike, but now I want to get out there just one more time, on my own again, meet new people and kite surf )) And after that, I'm ready to get back to work life. I guess. Damnit!
The good news is that if you have enjoyed reading my travel blog, I decided to keep writing. Check out my new blog http://hanglooseworld.wordpress.com.
My sabbatical might be over, but be sure that Andrea the Travel Bunny will be somewhere else rather sooner than later and I'll try to keep it entertaining!
Maura & I at my hometown festival, the Laternenfest
La Mama is happy to have me back
My first trip to the Alpes: On top of the Karwendel, the white mountain in the back is Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze