Yay! This is my last FLEuro2016 recap and to commemorate my entire trip is my travel montage video above.
The last city I am going to write about is London, which was actually our first stop. We only had 1 full day in London, so it was jam packed with tourist activities like riding the red double-decker buses, seeing Big Ben, eating fish and chips, etc. Fatima and I were excited to do and see everything because not only was it a city that neither of us had ever been to, it was the beginning of our first ever backpacking trip!
When I snuggled into an unfamiliar bed that first night in London, I thought about how it seemed ages ago when Fatima and I first began planning our trip. We had so many questions and had no idea where to start as we looked at a random map of Europe on Google images. Where do we want to go? What can we afford? What cities would make sense to go next to after the previous destination? What kind of transportation should we take from one country to the next?
Slowly with the help of Google, we planned our itinerary, calculated our expenses and budgets, and clicked that scary “CONFIRM PAYMENT” button on large transactions. We packed our bags, got escorted to the airport, made up a silly handshake before our flight began, and woke up in rainy London, where we got lost trying to find our first Airbnb while lugging around 18 lb backpacks.
Doesn’t sound like the best start of a trip, but as with every city we traveled to, there was always something unexpected happening – whether that be getting sick, being helped by a stranger, meeting a new friend, or being stuck at an airport.
What I want to remind myself is that feeling I had when our plane first took off from the Vancouver YVR airport. I want to remember the sight of my home in little glowing lights fade away into the distance as I embark on a new adventure, and I want to remember the sense of trust in myself that no matter what happened on this trip, I could not only get through it, but enjoy it.
And see? I did.
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road