This was my new life. Protected with gloves, a hat and a ridiculously warm coat, I made my way through the English winter showers. I put down my umbrella and paused for a minute as gale force winds tore through me. It was a struggle to catch my breath as I watched a middle-aged woman get carried away in the style of Mary Poppins. Stopping short of the train station due to impassible pot-holes with collections of water, a familiar figure appeared with his hood up. Truman.
“How’s it going bro?” Truman asked as we embraced in a bromantic hug.
“Lot has happened,” I started, my mind quickly flashing over the previous six months since leaving my backpacker days behind me. “Where do I begin?”
Playing Spiderman at the Nakama Halloween Party
The heavy showers that relentlessly hit the windscreen on the drive from Katowice Airport was a fading memory as the bus soared through the beautiful, golden countryside of southern Poland. Faded billboards and Eastern European architecture were scattered by the roadside. There was a strong Catholic influence with giant crucifixes randomly appearing in the window every few minutes and colourful graveyards decorated by hundreds of flowers. Having just come from the concrete jungle of London, it was surreal driving through infinite countryside and then suddenly appearing in a hidden village. The town would soon disappear from sight and the green countryside would present itself again.
The one thing that all these villages had in common was the giant church right in the heart of town. As the bus pulled into Nowa Cerekwia it was no different as the steeple towered over the other buildings. This is where one of my childhood friends, Chris, would be getting married.
For first time travellers, planning a trip can be daunting. Some people have told me that they would love to travel but do not know how to go about it. It might appear as a headache at first but the entire planning process is a useful period for getting yourself equipped and mentally prepared for where you will be going and what you might encounter.
asking my Grandpa for tips, he is the ultimate traveller
There is no wrong or right way to go about planning an adventure. There are some travellers who will just buy a plane ticket and wing it once they touch down. I prefer the more methodical route but this does not say you need to follow your itinerary. Moments of spontaneity often make better memories than anything you could prepare for. Continue reading