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September Nomad Update

October 2, 2017

September Update

Hello, October and hello from Athens! My month on my Greek Island is over. If you need to escape, relax and forget the real world, I highly recommend taking a few weeks and heading to Greece. You might also walk away with an amazing tan and a love of Greek food. Here is my brief recap of month two of long-term travel.

The Ups

First off I was going to be on a Greek Island for a month and that is an awesome thing to think about. I arrived and checked into my hotel/apartment. My apartment was great and totally Greek. There will be a whole post about it soon. Again, I got the pleasure of unpacking my entire suitcase in Greece.

I spent a few days exploring Ios and working on my tan! Then, as in London, I got to meet up with some friends that I met in Greece on the sailing trip last year. They only did one-week last year and were back for the second week of the sail this year. It was great to catch up with them and get to know them better.

Because I enjoyed the photography experience in London so much, I managed to find one on Ios as well. For almost an entire day, I photographed Ios with a photographer. Not only did I get to see his perspective on the island, he took me to some spots I definitely would not have explored on my own.

For such a small island, Ios has more than its fair share of amazing restaurants and spent several days eating at them. Some of them offered the more traditional Greek food and then there were other great options, such as Thai and Italian.

I made new friends as well. Some of these were locals and a few were Greeks working on the island, but some were other Greece visitors.

The Downs

Ios is a small island and I had intended to explore much of the island. However, my fear of heights kept me from driving up and down the hills of Ios.

This led to me being a bit bored while I was there. I love the beach but going to the beach alone every day was not so fun. My skin also doesn’t need to be exposed to that much sun since I tan so fast.

Even though I made friends if they weren’t there on vacation, they were working, so not able to do anything with me. Most of the locals I met worked long hours and they worked every day. This is due to the fact that Greece is still struggling from the financial crisis.

Overall I really enjoyed my time on Ios and I was a little sad to be leaving. I am sure I will go back at some point though!

Next stop Malta!

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August Nomad Update

September 1, 2017

August Nomad Update

A little over a month of being a nomad has passed for me. This is technically a late July/August update. The day I landed in London it was sunny, but it didn’t last. The rain seemed to dominate my time in London. I guess I can say I experienced an English summer now!

Since I only blog once a week, you haven’t heard about all the places I have visited. Although, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen a few updates. Hopefully, these monthly updates will catch you up on my adventures. I want to be totally upfront about this experience so each month will include the ups and downs of full-time travel.

The Ups

First, I loved being able to unpack in my apartment in London knowing I wouldn’t have to pack up for a month. It felt a lot less like traveling because of this. I was also able to cook and do laundry, which is always a bonus!

Since I haven’t been to London in over twenty years, I enjoyed exploring as many museums as possible. You can see those posts here and here.

I spent much of the time catching up with friends in London as well. A few of them from my time in Qatar, one friend from some time in Italy, a lovely couple I hadn’t seen since 2011 from my time in the Caribbean and one friend I had never met in person! Seeing friends has been the best part of the trip.

It wasn’t all about London either! I got out town a few times. There was the Stonehenge trip that also included Oxford and Windsor Castle. Thankfully, the weather held out for Stonehenge but it poured on us in Oxford. Next, I had a day trip to Bath. Bath is a beautiful town and you could spend two days there. One of my friends that I caught up with took me to Southend on Sea, which was a beautiful sunny day. My favorite though was my trip to Brighton. Brighton is set in a beautiful location and I was glad I was there for two days. More to come later.

The last week of August I went to Montenegro. It’s a gorgeous country. Can’t wait to share with you all about that.

The Downs

The rain really got me down. I am not used to so much rain. It also never really got warm enough for me. A few days I was cold and wet!!

My allergies went into overdrive and for three days near the end of the London leg, I spent them in bed trying not to get really sick. This meant I didn’t get to see a few things I really wanted to see.

Since I was home for a month, I had spent a lot of time with my family and have had some moments of homesickness. Especially this week as my family decided to get a new kitten!

I managed to damage my rental car in Montenegro, which I have never done before. I had to drive back to the town I made the police report in because they couldn’t give it to me on the same day, which was a two hour drive one way! It all worked out and the damage wasn’t that expensive and I have insurance.

Overall, the first month or so has been great. It is just an adjustment to constantly being on the road and trying to get my stuff to fit back into my suitcase. Which happens when you packed it about two weeks before you left and it all settled. Now it’s like playing Tetris!

Next stop, Ios, Greece!

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