Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time. ~ Bill Gates
What’s the best way to celebrate the end of 17 years of school? To go on a memorable vacation with your friends, of course! And that’s exactly what I’m doing. (I know… I can’t get over the fact that I’m done!)
Travel has always been my passion, but to be honest, I’m doing the unthinkable this summer. Never in my dreams did I imagine traveling this way. By this way, I mean traveling with friends and without family members. But I’m extremely thankful to Allah for giving me this opportunity and I LOVE my parents for allowing me to take it. By the way, it only took me 5 months of begging and nagging to get an “okay fine, go” out of my mom and dad, which is pretty good, trust me! And hey, you gotta work hard to get what you want!
So where are we going? We’re exploring an area where the sweltering sun dries the earth, seas and oceans moisten the air, and monsoon rains feed the thirsty grounds. A place of remarkable architectural wonders, ancient civilizations, countless bazaars and mouthwatering cuisines. This part of the world (which sounds a bit too fancy in my description) is best known as Asia!
We’re going to some parts of China and South East Asia and I can’t remember the last time I was so thrilled! Because of this trip, the past two months have been unlike any other in my life. I’ve let my books collect dust, almost put off studying, and left assignments to the last minute – all because I was too busy reading articles or watching YouTube videos about the places we’re visiting. And to make matters worse (or better for pre-travel hyperness), the excitement and the urge to research more had a multiplier effect every time I learned something new.
But at the expense of getting good grades in my final semester courses, I have discovered my love for reading about the history and culture of different places. And life is about doing what you love, isn’t it? Recently, I have even gone on an awesome website to learn some Mandarin. When I dictated some phrases to a couple of my travel buddies, they literally LOL-ed and said I made weird face expressions in my attempt to get the accent right. Clearly, I have taken this way too seriously…
So research has been done, tickets have been purchased, and reservations on sketchy websites have been made – all the ingredients for an amazing itinerary constrained only by time and money.
The plan is to make the most of this trip, and of course to blog about it all!
SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT!