In January we went to visit our family in Slovenia. We didn’t see any positive consequences of our visit. We were exhausted, and it was hard to get back into our daily routine. The most significant problem occurred when it was time to get back to school. Lejla skipped two weeks of school, and she had a lot of catching up to do - tons of homework. But the most heartbreaking issue we had with Erik. He just didn’t want to go back to school.
We’ve been living on Gozo for one year, but yet we had no idea that Tal-Mixta Cave exists. We knew about well known Calypso cave, and we went to visit it the first month on this beautiful island. That was a disappointment!
In the year 2015, I already wrote an article about having plane tickets. At that time they were to Malta, but the excitement wasn’t any smaller than it is today. It was our first move from our country, and it was a big deal. This time we’ll travel all the way to New Zealand! Can you imagine?! We’ll fly to the other side of the world!
At the beginning of December, I decided it’s time to do IELTS test. I was postponing it for months. But if I wish to live and work in New Zealand I need to present an official score of my English knowledge. It was time to stop procrastinating. I selected the date and paid the fee for the academic format. OMG, it’s happening!
We have arrived on Gozo at the beginning of November. Personally, I fell into a bit of depressive state. Maybe depression isn’t the right description. It was more like melancholy. I wasn’t sad; I was without energy. I wished to snuggle between warm covers and not move out of it.
Findings after four days (27.10. - 31.10.2017) in Gran Canaria.
Are you one of those who chose to switch location and live on a sunny Mediterranean island? You are not the only one. You’ll find many foreigners on Malta, with whom you’ll be able to exchange the impressions.
More than I think about traveling, more I conclude that pure traveling is a quite shallow experience for me. I am not saying that is not awesome to see all the beauty the world has to offer. I am saying; it is not so fulfilling as I thought it would be.
I am not telling you that beaches described below are the best on Tenerife because tastes vary. Some like sandy beaches, some don’t stand sand in every corner of their body. Some like to listen how waves crash on a rocky shore. To some such coast is too dangerous to get close to. That is why I will describe four beaches I found to have a transcending effect on me.
Are you kidding? Yes, yes and thousand times yes. Oh, I shouldn’t give you the answer so early, now you’ll stop reading. :) But for all who are still with me, and haven’t visited Canary islands yet, let’s check what I liked. I will mostly take in consideration Tenerife because we spent the most of our time there.
We decided that we’ll go back to Gozo. We’ll stay there until we recharge ourselves and our valets. In a way, it is liberating that we finally determined where we’ll go next. But on the other hand, I feel disappointed. It is like breaking up with a guy. After some hard and unsatisfied period of your time together, you decide to break up with him, and that makes you feel liberated. But at the same time, you feel down, because you failed to build something lasting, your vision of the future with him no longer exists. Your eyes are glowing with excitement for the new possibilities, but some bitterness stays on your tongue.
While traveling, I am a bag of mixed emotions. I can be tired and cranky, but excited and full of energy at the same time. Now that I am traveling with my family, I have to take care that I don’t behave like a child. So, if I am hot, thirsty and tired, I cannot grumble out loud, because it will multiply in reactions of my family members. When my son is squeaking on a back seat that he is hot, which in our case means that he is sick and he can throw out soon, I have to take a couple of deep inhales, so I don’t allow negative energy to overwhelm me and the whole family as well. It doesn’t always help, that’s why is even more important to discover corners of the world where it’s so beautiful, that all your efforts are repaid.
The hardest thing in changing our lifestyle, it’s not leaving; or unusual situations, like sleeping in the car; or not knowing the language that surrounds us. The challenging part is situations, for which we don’t have a standard response. The brain has hard work searching for optimal solutions over and over again. No more quick paths, no patterns, no routine. And during those processes, each of us craves for a friend.
The only reason why it's hard to leave Slovenia (sorry family) it’s its natural beauty. It is not possible to write average length article and covered all the interesting locations. I’ll mention some we have been to in 2017 and liked.
We are working on our website, which still isn’t on. Leo (he’s coding it) can get a bit of a perfectionist. He wants it to be functional, quick and excellent, and he can get lost in the details. Like he is not nervous enough, I dare to comment what he wrote about us for an intro. It was a word ‘crazy’ mentioned in a context: how crazy we are for selling everything we had and wandered into the world. I kindly exposed, that I don’t understand why travelers like to think about themselves as crazy. They like to brag how insane they are. I get it: we all want to be special, adventurous and cool. But I still think traveling is one of the sanest things one can do.