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The carnival is over...

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I’m sitting here, defying jetlag, and reflecting on the year that was. I’m thinking about how nice it is to be able to plug my electrical appliances in without needing to find the relevant adaptor, and enjoying the strangely therapeutic act of hanging washing outside on a clothesline. Simple things.
The past year has involved staying in 52 Airbnbs, a couple of hotels, 9 housesits, 1 campervan as well as making ourselves at home with various friends, friends of friends, and friends’ families. We’ve flown with 11 different airlines, crossed the water with 3 ferry companies, hired 11 cars and ridden numerous buses and trains and trams. We’ve used 9 separate currencies and have been surrounded by 14 different languages – achieving various levels of proficiency in these. But after all that, what have we actually learned?

I could waffle on for hours about holidaying on a nink budget, how to stay friends with your spouse in confined spaces and discuss the pros and cons of the various public transport systems available around the world, but for your sake I’ve summed up our adventures as briefly as possible.

TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED WHILE BEING A NINK

1. Malta knows how to make a good milkshake.

2. German public transport is not as efficient as they’ll have you believe.

3. It is possible to have a conversation comparing house prices and wages without sharing a common language.

4. Belinda really, really, really hates people with walking poles and cruise passengers.

5. If you drop your camera, it will break.

6. There are a lot of good people in the world. Ignore the media, get out and find them.

7. Whatever it is, there WILL be a museum dedicated to it. Probably in Vienna.

8. You cannot buy vegetables in Salzburg on a Sunday.

9. No matter how impressive a man-made structure is, nature will always show you something more remarkable.

… and, most importantly…

10. There is no such thing as too much peanut butter.

You’re welcome. Thanks for coming along for the ride – I’m off to enjoy my last ten days of ninking before the dinking has to resume.
Ninks, over and out.

-A

Posted by Buccas 21:11 Archived in Australia

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