I woke up this morning to Noam toggling the air conditioning and saying, go back to sleep. I woke up again about an hour later and the mood was very much get up and go. It was a travel day for all of us, the boys were headed to Vang Vieng and I was headed to Bangkok, Beijing, and then New York. We brushed our teeth and I can’t remember if we all brushed at the same time this morning or last night but either way Noam did a little jig and said, tooth brushing party. Going back to work is just not going to be as fun as brushing your teeth with your friends at a hotel in Laos.
As sad as I am to be leaving, it will be nice to have a routine again. I have just started to make a dent in my New York lifestyle, in terms of friendships, and city familiarity, and my job, and going back is necessary if I want to continue on that trajectory. Moving across the country was hard, and I am fortunate to have had friends and family in New York who were able to help in my transition, but feeling comfortable in your own right takes time too. Vacation is always a blast but I think real life can be too if you allow it.
I was definitely the odd one out throughout our travels. I did not meet a single person who had a job back home or anyone who was traveling for just two weeks. I would love the freedom of cancelling flights, changing plans on a whim, and not being tied down to much of anything, but at the same time I love my stability and the flexibility that my job allows me to have. To say I am privileged is an understatement.
I went downstairs in my green and white polka dot boxer shorts and my navy blue shirt from the Israeli army to eat breakfast with Noam and Avi. We didn’t say much of anything. It was early in the morning and sort of sad. Their tuk tuk came at 8:30 to take them to the bus to Vang Vieng. We said our goodbyes and hugged and as they pulled away I waved from the front of the guesthouse. I am so excited for them to continue on their travels through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. They may squeeze in a few other countries along their path but they are taking it one day at a time. I think they are going to learn a lot and see a lot and laugh a lot and I am just glad I got to sneak in a couple of weeks with them.
I sat around until my tuk tuk came at 10:00am to take me to Luang Prabang International Airport. My flight was scheduled to leave at 12:45pm, land in Bangkok at around 2:00pm, and then I had a flight leaving from Bangkok to Beijing at 7:30pm. Once in Beijing, I am supposed to connect to JFK after an 8 hour layover. My flight is scheduled to arrive in New York around 10:30am on Monday the 28th. Hours and timing are pretty confusing with time zones and flights but I believe it ends up being 40 hours of travel total.
It is going to be weird for me to not blog on a daily basis. Initially it was challenging but it has become a therapeutic routine. I feel like I write all the thoughts that come into my head and then just post them online for everyone to read. I mean, that’s exactly what I am doing but I never thought it would feel this liberating. Plus it seems like people like to read what I have to say so that is surely an ego boost.
I hope you enjoyed my travel stories and tangents and I hope I was helpful to those who ever want to embark on a similar trip. Feel free to reach out through the blog or personally at any point.
Keep on keeping on, friends.