I don't know if you guys knew already, but a couple of month ago I went back home to Germany, to live close to where I grew up and stay there. It has been 5 years that I haven't been living there. First I went living in Mexico, then I travelled for one year and last I lived in France for 8 month.
So I thought maybe finally it's time to go home and built a regular life again. You know with my friends around, family, job, perspective, plans etc... The last couple of years I had trouble to feel home anywhere anymore, home was where I am, no fix place, no fix people...so this was kind of a big step for me.
The first month I did pretty well, even though it was a bit difficult because of some family issues. I started to do sports again, got fit, met with my friends, got a great job, even built my own travel business with Airbnb and Tours... I went discovering the region where I grew up, went hiking, swimming in the lakes, even kite surfing.
It surprised myself but it seemed like finally I was being well, feeling home, happy, satisfied great...!!
Wrong Once a nomad always a nomad!! It all started Sunday.. the first snow in Munich fell down and it was fuckn cold outside!! The time change didn't help.. making that everyday it gets dark already at 17:00 now... So it happened again.. yesterday morning I woke up with this famous feeling, I knew I just had to leave.... I don't have to work until Saturday, I have a car, so I just jumped in and started driving..
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So I drove and drove with great music on, feeling the excitement, the freedom of being on the road again .. at first I went without plan, but soon enough I decided to drive to Paris, to practice my french, have some pain au chocolates and crepe and just escape for one day. Also I still had to pick up some stuff there so it all fit together.
It was a nine hours drive, but it was only 11am so I figured I can do it, or if not make some stops in between, maybe stay in Strasbourg for one night etc. But I wanted to try no matter what.
The first few hours went by fast. I had a great time just enjoying the feeling, listening to good music.
After 4 hours I finally saw the first sign showing me my final destination. I took a break, put some gasoline and drank a coffee to stay awake and get on the road again.
I thought that at some point I would get tired, but I didn't. Crossing the border to France took some time because of border control. Later I had some traffic, but still all good. I thought once I am in France I can not speed anymore, but honestly French people speed way more than Germans haha so I went further fast.
Is was until it got dark that it became more heavy to drive. Before I could still enjoy the landscape around me but from then on everything was just super dark and I started chasing the other cars instead.
At my last stop I was already close to Paris, I had two hours more to go and was super excited to be back, and also driving in Paris!!! I had never been there by car before. - Of course I adapted the music to the city ;)
And then it was time! - I finally arrived :) After a spontaneous 10 hours trip I was back in Paris. Incredible!
Of course I had to take a walk through the city and take some pics. First I went to the Boulangerie to get some Pain au Chocolate.
Then I just went walking along the grands avenues, enjoying the architecture, little different fancy shops and street art.
My walk ended at Place de la Republique. A place where I have been many times at my time living here.
On my way back I grabbed a Crepe to celebrate my day and met up with a friend to have some wine. So in the end it was totally worth it, even though tomorrow I have to drive all the way back hahaa. But now I will be ok for the next 5 weeks I think.
And then I already meet up with my bestie @martibis @world-travel-pro @luzcypher @nomadicsoul @teamsteem @daveonarrival @travellits @connecteconomy and a few others in Thailand to celebrate Steemit New years! If you wanna join, come find us at the discord group to organize everything: https://discord.gg/v6qJm2