Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Symptoms:

– Restlessness
– Occasionally tantrums for no apparently reason
– Obsessively reading through travel blogs on the internet
– Staring at the world map and having fun looking at all the countries I’ve never been to
– Wandering into the travel section of book stores
– Secretly being jealous of other people’s travel on social media

Diagnosis:

These symptoms appeared a month and a half ago or so. I didn’t understand what it was all about. Other than R’s insanely long tax season which took a slight toll on me, I was otherwise a happy camper. It wasn’t until I started reading a lot of travel blogs, and talking things out with R that I realized I need to pack up and travel again.

When I started sharing my concerns with some friends, the unanimously response was: “You just came back from Denmark and Sweden 3.5 months ago. And not to mention 3.5 months before that you were in Turkey and the Balkans.”

I stared blankly at them. I believe I’ve come to accept the fact that the more I traveled, the more I need to travel. It sounds like the vicious cycle of a drug user.

With that being said, R and I have a long over due trip and yesterday we finally booked our next destination.

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In less than 2 months, we will be going from YYZ > HKG > KTM > HKG > YYZ. We have a 1 day layover in HKG on our way there and on the way back. I honestly have not been back to HKG for over 8 years now. I’m sure a lot has changed and I’m really excited to see what it’s all about. This time, I’ll have my camera with me as well. I’m really hoping to get some nice photos of HKG. In addition to seeing Em, shopping, food..etc

As for KTM, I can not contain my excitement. Don’t even ask me about our plans because I will not be able to stop gloating. We have a little more than 2 weeks in KTM, and we are planning on seeing the Kathmandu Valley as well as trekking to Everest Base Camp. I’m a little nervous about the altitude sickness and the weather. I hope we will get some fantastic weather for the 2 weeks, but it’s unrealistic to hope for no rain at all. We will have to be extra prepared.

We started doing a lot of research already, and I will be updating this blog with progress of our prep work.

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“Welcome to the happiest nation in the world”

After a sleepy 12 hour journey from YYZ to CPH, with a short layover in FRA, I finally arrived.  Transportation was super simple, I hopped onto the Metro and within 20 mins I was in city entre Copenhagen.  Hassle and stress free!  “Welcome to the happiest nation in the world” – Carlsberg.

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I found my way to the Airbnb apartment fairly easily, showered and met up with Heidi.  It’s been a super long time since I’ve last met her, must have been either a few Christmases ago, or even way back when I went to Zurich for backpacking.  Either way, it’s always so wonderful to meet up with old friends.  We strolled through a very large cemetery that was very much like a park.  It would be a fantastic place to do morning runs.  Good things I packed my runners.  We met up with another friend and leisurely strolled around the neighborhood dotted with many specialty shops.

Very jet lagged and tired from traveling we made a stop at the Coffee Collective.  It’s one of the most popular coffee places in Copenhagen that prides itself in fair trade coffee.  I ordered an half espresso half milk.  It was delicious.  I almost wanted another cup, but I thought that I should hold back because I should try to sleep tonight.  All for a cost of 33 DKK, was very worth it.  I know where I’ll be spending my lazy days.

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After some quick catching up, we decided to head to the grocery store near by and pick up some take home dinner.  I decided to satisfy my fish craving and go with a smoked salmon salad and yogurt.  Skyr is an Icelandic yogurt, it taste very much like a greek yogurt.  Thick, creamy and not overly sweet.

 

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Going to take it easy for the reset of the night.  Unfortunately, the adapter I bought for this trip has a ground, and for some reason there are no plugs in this apartment that has a ground.  I’m going to need to borrow one from Heidi tomorrow, or see if the lady here has one I can use while I’m here.

 

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