I can’t say I believe in horoscopes, but I do occasionally find them fascinating. My most favourite animal is a tiger. I’m not really sure if I’m spellbound by it because I was born in the Year of Tiger and somehow feel connected to it, or is it simply because with its gorgeous fur, intricate stripes and mesmerizing eyes, the tiger is an absolute King of Jungles and the entire animal world. Either way I feel very lucky and proud to be part of the Tiger’s kingdom.

Another interesting description of me in a horoscope is the one about my past life. It says that in another life I was a Bedouin. Perhaps that’s why I love travel so much. The first time my mother took me on a plane I was only 40 days old. Since then I travelled quite often with my family and on my own, not as frequently as I’d like to, but I can’t complain.

Travel makes me feel adventurous: I’m not afraid of taking risks, hoping on a train or a bus and exploring the cities with a map in my hand. I feel like a sponge – soaking up different cultures, getting inspired by foreign architecture, and even though later on I get squeezed by the grueling line ups at the airport and long flights, I spring back to the original shape, filled with long lasting amazing memories and feeling very happy to be back home.

Despite being away from my family I did enjoy my business trip. At the conference I’ve met many interesting people from all over the world, united with their support and love for everything Open Source. The highlight of my stay in Norway was the five hours boat trip down the river with my colleagues from several international offices of the company. Of course, I took many photos of the beautiful scenery around us.
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On our way back we were flying via Amsterdam and had to wait 7 hours at the airport for our transfer flight to Vancouver. I hate waiting, so I convinced my colleague to hop on a train and explore Amsterdam for at least 5 hours. That’s what we did. On the way back we were dead from so much walking, but feeling very content. We managed to take lots of pictures of this charming city with its stunning canals, myriad of bikes and bikers, visit two museums: we saw Rembrandt at Reiks museum and Van Gogh and other impressionists at the Van Gogh museum.
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One piece of advise for those of you who go on unplanned trips to Europe – get some local cache at either the train station or the airport, enough to buy some food, bus tickets and even museum tickets. We had a really hard time at first – nobody was accepting our credit cards, until we found a currency exchange place and luckily had some Canadian and Norwegian money left that we converted to euros. So if you don’t know the code to get cash from your credit card (I never use my credit cards for cash advances, hence never had a need to know the code), make sure you travel with some cash in your wallets.

In a few hours we’ll be finally landing in Vancouver airport. I wish they had an internet access on the plane, then I would’ve published this post right away. It is the XXI century after all, why there is no internet on the plane? Oh well, at least I have enough charge left on my laptop to finish this article and perhaps start another one. I want to try and spend as much time with my family as possible. It’s good to travel, but it’s even better to be back home. What do you think?

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  1. It’s good to travel, but it’s even better to be back home. What do you think?

    Right. The feeling you get when you reach your home after a long journey is absolutely lovely. Cannot be explained.

  2. Sounds like you had quite an adventure. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe.

    I myself have traveled and moved quite a bit, and I’m a little anxious to get out of dodge again. We’ll see. :)

  3. I like to go places I have never been but I am on the cautious side when I travel. Sounds like you had a great trip. Maybe if the airlines could come up with internet access in air and not charge a huge tarrif for it a few more people might be encouraged to fly and less grumpy.

  4. Your photos are beautiful! And we all know they never due justice to the actual scenery; I can only imagine how gorgeous it must have been in person. Vacations are always inspiring, whether it’s breath-taking views or just a chance to get away and relax. It sounds like this trip refreshed you quite a bit! I’ll be going backpacking the weekend before 4th of July (Independence Day in the US… just in case people in other countries might not attach significance to this date) and I’m looking forward to it! Getting up into the mountains and forests where there are few people and no city noises is soooo wonderful.

  5. Vivien

    Thanks everyone for your input. Unfortunately it was very foggy in Amsterdam, so pictures definitely don’t show that city in its full glory.
    Despite not getting much sleep past week, the change in the scenery, new people, interactions did indeed refresh me.

    Lauren, have a wonderful backpacking weekend in the mountains. I like the fresh air in the mountain forests, it’s so pure and tasty, I feel like I’m not breathing but drinking it.

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