I never had a summer vacation throughout high school and college.
My school friends would either go home for 3 months or travel somewhere for the whole summer. I, on the other hand, was always doing an internship or a part-time job. Summer airfare is ridiculously expensive, too — how can a starving college student afford it? Weekend getaways near New York were the best I could do for my summers. Woodstock was my favorite, of course. I won’t mind spending my entire summer there.
2 years after graduation (I still get chills thinking I had JUST graduated yesterday), I’m finally off to a “summer vacation” in Europe. I started off in London, where I spent time with friends I met on the road again. How nice is it to see friends again in a completely different setting, when they’re not disheveled from the travel hustle anymore?
I got to spend time with familiar faces and new friends in Berlin as well. Someday, I hope my social network will expand enough that I’ll no longer go a place on earth where I don’t have any connection. Yep. Instead of accomplishing the “see the world” cliche, having a planet-sized social network should be my ambitious life goal, haha.
I met a new friend Sri in London who happened to be in Medellín several months ago as well. In our conversation, I mentioned this loud staff from Remote Year ravaging our quiet cafe space. He looked amused and said, “I know exactly who you’re talking about!” What are the chances? Across the Atlantic Ocean, someone knows exactly who I’m talking about 5000 miles away!
When we parted ways, Sri said his usual nomad style farewell, “I’ll see you somewhere in the world soon.” I loved that. It’s as if the world is our city, the cities our neighborhoods, the neighborhoods our playgrounds.
See you soon. Somewhere in the world. Goodbyes are overrated.