Terug in NL...the adventures are over...
08 Juli 2007 | Nederland, Maastricht
But before I write my conclusion whether all this travelling was worth it, let’s first go back to my last days in Japan. Thursday evening I arrived in Osaka, and after some initial scary moments during which I came to the conclusion that the Japanese really don’t speak Chinese or English, I found a train that brought me to the city centre and my hotel. As I was only going to be in Japan for two days, I had to maximize my exposure to Japanese culture of course :) ...therefore I got a ‘traditional Japanese room’ which turned out to be a tatami mat and a very thin mattress (probs a good thing, because my back can’t really handle soft mattresses anymore) Hen youyisi...anyway, the next day I could start exploring Osaka on my rental bike which I got from a lady who apparently was also running a flee circus. I quickly got myself into a true bike-ma-geddon as the Japanese drive on the left side of the road (wonder from which loony’s they got that from ;) ) ...so my Japanese vocabulary came in very handy :P (xiexie taito...for the zanghua! :badgrin: ). Despite the bike-ma-geddon ‘the bike’ was an excellent method of transportation: I saw loads, the sun slowly coloured my skin red, and yet my feet weren’t all blistered after a hard day’s work as a tourist.
In Osaka I already saw a lot given my limited time (oa Osaka castle, America mura...check the pics), but in Kyoto, the old imperial city, I ran a marathon and saw even more...it felt that way at least. In one day I visited a bunch of temples, shrines, temples and neighbourhoods (ginkakuji, kinkakuji, nijo-jo, gion etc).
Nice...hen piaoliang ye hen youyisi...but when I finally came back in Osaka around 23:00 I was exhausted...and still had to pack my bag again (of course). I managed though, and Sunday morning I was greeted by some grumpy KLM chicks and flew back to NL (no goodbye committee this time unfortunately...and even crowd control was off pooing somewhere :P). Yet fortunately in NL there was a welcome committee...and it was great to see my parents, brother, family & friends again (apekop :)).
However soon afterwards came that nagging feeling I already anticipated...the one of: adventure is over...boring work life starts that must ensure my financial survival next year. For sure, I have some great experiences to look back to...because I can honestly say that both in Taiwan and in Mexico I had the best time of my life.... I never thought I’d learn so much (from good and bad times) and make so much new terrific friends (whom I all hope to see very soon again!!). I have grown as a person, also thanks to these friends, and conquered myself by building up a life in a foreign country where I didn’t know anybody and hardly spoke the language...something I always found quite scary.
...And, along the way I also graduated my bachelors, learned Spanish and Chinese. Ow and of course....this years I was introduced to things that made my life so much more complete: choudoufu and the male dormitory :D :S
This year had it all...it was fantastic, and I am happy that I was able to share my experiences by means of my website. I hope you had fun reading my stories... it was certainly fun writing them. So...
-Thanks for all your reactions and messages... until the next adventure!
-Bedankt voor alle berichtjes en reacties...tot de volgende reis, het volgende verhaal!
-Muchas gracias por todos los mensajes y reacciones...nos hablamos pronto...hasta la proxima viaje!
-Xiexie guangling!!! :D
P.s. wo taiwande pengyou: wo xiang nimen...zheli zhende hen wuliao! Suoyi wo xiangyao hui Taiwán, zai zue zhongwen yici ;)!
p.s.2 oww...for everybody who I didn't tell yet/wants to know: I’ll be moving to Maastricht again soon to start my masters there
p.s.3 pic's order is f*cked up...sorry :)
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