Here in the south of Sweden they have a strange tradition of having bonfires on easter. We don’t have it where I live, and not where I grew up. There we have fires on the last day of April. I’m not really sure why we celebrate with fire. We didn’t stay long though, it was freezing outside!
Today I’m going on a trip. It’s quite short and nothing too exciting. At least travel wise. My parents are picking me up and we’re driving down to my aunt and cousins for a christening. Going to stay there a few days. It’s going to be nice. Really feel that I need to get away for a few days. I’ve got almost a week off from work, which also feels very good.
Going to pack my suitcase and then I’ll be on the road.
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
– JRR Tolkien
It’s only two months since my last trip (two weeks in Thailand) but I already feel starved for traveling. I think it is because I know what’s waiting. Or actually, more like I don’t know exactly what’s waiting, so I’m thinking about it 24/7. I’m dreaming about different scenarios, imagining what it will be like if I’m accepted into uni in Bangkok, or get my physio license approved in England, or if I’m traveling to South America to learn spanish. There’s a million different things I’m dreaming about, that I want to see and do and learn from.
People always asks for my dream destinations, what places I want to visit, but I can never answer. I want to experience the world and it’s not only about destinations. Long term traveling isn’t a vacation, I know that. I’m going to need to work for money like always, there’s going to be boring days and boring jobs and stupid people, just like anywhere in the world. But I still want to experience it. And I want to feel that I’m not tied down anywhere by possessions.
It’s difficult to explain what it is I want to do, but I know it. I feel it in my heart, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
By now you know about my obsession with backpacks and packing lists. I haven’t bought a new backpack yet, but I’ve done some looking around. And I’ve almost sold one of my old backpacks, just going to bring it to work tomorrow to let a coworker take a look at it.
Anyway, the backpack I’ve been looking at lately is Haglöfs OXO q50, anyone got it? Good choice? Bad choice? I’m really liking the fact that it’s got direct access to the main compartment from the front, makes it easier to reach things in it.
I’m gonna need to try it on again before making up my mind. Even if I’m not going out trekking in the mountains, it needs to be comfortable to carry. It’s enough carrying backpacks on the way to hostels, and I don’t want it to be heavy or uncomfortable and give me a headache (literally, bad backpacks gives me tension headache from the load on the shoulders).
Well, it’s a “good” thing I’ve got an other five months before I need to make up my mind.