There are so many white people! And I seem to have shrunk a couple of inches. I no longer get stared at everywhere I go. I don't run into that amazing spicy smell walking down every street. I've seen more 4-wheeled vehicles in the last two and a half days than in the last two in a half months. There are traffic signals. People obey the traffic signals. Sidewalks are used for walking. There is a breeze. Everything is so square shaped. There are police doing police things. Money is disappearing much more quickly. Life seems to be a little more organized.
I'm not sure how to feel about all of these new realities. I really loved my time in Asia. It was always interesting to say the least. Asia keeps you on your toes. When you arrive, everything is so different. Everything is so different. Everything. But you quickly adapt and learn to embrace the frantic streets and laid back chaos. Pretty soon you are walking through traffic with no gaps, haggling like a pro with tuk tuk drivers, putting the correct amount of chilis in your noodles, and understanding how to use the toilets.
If you remember, my original plan was to travel overland all the way across Asia and Europe. Well it turns out traveling solo for months and months is really difficult. More difficult than I thought it would be logistically, emotionally, physically. So I took a shortcut for my overall health. A change in scenery, and pretty much everything else, will hopefully keep me going for the next part of this adventure.
More to come. Including my last post from Cambodia. For now I will sit in this European cafe watching people walking around Munich wearing lederhosen and drinking beer at 10am. Europe has some advantages too.