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When man comes to a certain age, does not own a house, a car nor a motorcycle and has failed to find the girl of his dreams ™, he starts to think what if and what not and all that. Well, one solution is to travel for a year. That's what. Here is what I have thought about "all this". I'm 28 years old, which of those spent 20 years studying, 13 years at work (some of you might notice a little overlapping here...) and finally had my first real summer vacation during the last summer (and boy, I tell you, that was great). Based on this reasoning I started to wonder at in which point in time is man meant to just lear the living it self. Well, how about now, I thought.
During my exchange year in Louisville (U of L kicks ass, go Cards!) between 2004 and 2005 I started to think about the master plan of traveling the Americas by motorcycle. I have talked about this with my exchange friends and they were thrilled by the idea. Well, years passed on and I kept on promising "the next year...", well finally a year ago things started to my way, first I got my drivers license for motorcycles and secondly I got my own bike. Z1000, The Beast, The Black Devil, The Origin of All Sins... A good bike has many names. And you know what they say: Once a biker, always a biker. Finally last March (2010) I decided that something had to happen and by that decision I gave myself an ultimatum. Either you pursue the dream now or move on and forget the whole thing. I'm good at forgetting things, but this one I couldn't let go. So forward march! And quickly I noticed that I had booked flights to San Francisco and that would be my starting point for the trip. San Francisco here I come. After booking the flight all the hassle begun and let me tell you, there is a million and one things to do. Won't bother you with the details any further.
Decisions of this magnitude is not easy to make and every time you make one, you keep second guessing until it comes to reality. Well, that how our minds work I guess. For the last five years I have been working for Ambientia. It has been the best place to work so far, I have been able to see a small company to grow and change more than one way. And thankfully I have been able to "grow" myself too with the company and finally have been able to have my own team to manage and work with. And thanks to great flexibility that Ambientia has given me during these years and still gives, I'll be able to pursue my dreams by going to this trip of a lifetime, while being able to keep my employment active towards Ambientia. What makes hard leaving Ambientia is the greatest colleagues ever. Even though we have had our ups and downs, I mean every word. The humor we have is priceless (and a bit scary for outsiders). Open attitude towards everything is the key here, or at least I like to think so. Anyways, I really feel bad leaving my friends, but a year is a short time and hopefully I'll be able to work with most of you again.
Friends has asked me to keep some sort of blog or something during my trip and I have promised to try. I hope you wont get your hopes up, because I'm not much of a blogger, so what I think I can do is to tweet every now and then, let you know where I'm going and hopefully post some awesome pictures online. Does this sound like a deal? Hopefully it does.
Peace & Love,
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Here's a link to SPOT showing somewhat up-to-date view of where I'm traveling at the moment, If you recognize the neighborhood, give me a heads up. And of course all great travel tips are mostly welcome.Location via SPOT