It was during a very frisky month of December that I decided to buy a one way ticket to Athens via Istanbul. I love improvisation. It was the first time that I departed on a trip not knowing for how long I was going to travel. Or where this ticket would lead me.
January 2016, first step Istanbul. For a few days I’m lost in a maze of streets, sympathize with locals, taste the specialities of the country that remind me of the delicious dishes that my grandmother cooked me. For a city of this magnitude, I am very surprised by the friendliness of the locals.
Second and final steps of which I am surely of: Athens. I will spend a week there discovering the jewels of ancient architecture. Every slab of stone on which I walk is rich in history. I imagine all those famous people in our history books that suddenly come to life.
The improvisation is on. I find a ticket for 10 € to Santorini. A 45-minute flight later, here I am on the island so popular in summer. I arrive in the pouring rain. I walk miles with my bag to find accommodation. All the buildings are barricaded for the winter. The island is in hibernation. I stayed there only 2 days but I must be one of the rare people to have been able to appreciate the calm and the natural charm of the island.
I had the idea to visit other countries of Europe but I realized that the climate wasn’t so great which wouldn’t make for a pleasant trip. So I decided to exile in a warm country, I found a bargain ticket to Bangkok. I decided to go on a spiritual quest, experimenting with Vipasana. For a week I stayed in a Buddhist temple where I was taught the basics of meditation. Being in Thailand was also the opportunity to go back to the places I have really enjoyed in the past. Time flies, and it has already been a month that I have been there. I have to leave the country to renew my visa. The opportunity to take a trip to Malaysia, more precisely Penang ….
A one-way trip is an adventure that I wish you could all experience ….
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