According to my plans, scribbled on my travel notebook during a boat trip to Koh Phi Phi, I should’ve arrived in Myanmar 2 days ago. This would’ve happened after leaving Indonesia before New Year, after the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Northern Thailand. I was going to see all this with my friend from back home.
I’m writing this sitting in the vegetarian café I’m working at as a chef in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I haven’t yet been to the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Northern Thailand. My friend and I are not travelling together anymore either.
I was never fixed on my plans. But I never expected life to take me on these crazy adventures and experiences. I learnt that we make plans and the life does whatever it wants. I’m grateful for having the courage of taking advantage of what life wants to do. I could’ve said no to the job in the café and be on my way, but I have a place to sleep, food and enough money to stop me from draining my travelling funds. I feel like I’m buying time, to be away, to experience a place, to experience myself.
So, the new plan is to be here until July, the go meet my dad in Italy for one month and come back to Cambodia to either continue working or continue travelling. But, as I learnt, you can make all the plans you want, but if the winds change you’re going to have to adjust the sails.