This is the end...
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
57Trip End Jun 30, 2012
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I knew this journey would come to an end, and now I have the regret to inform that this is indeed the end… of scheduled life and corporate behavior. One week only to set things up in Montreal : take my Canadian permanent residency card, exchange my driving license… And I'll be back in Hong-Kong.
I hated my first trip in China, I loved the second one. I cannot look somewhere else without exploring more China. What will be the surprises of my third visit ? I want to stay around at least a month and a half, may be two months, The necessary time to feel the people, understand the culture, look for job opportunities, get a bit of the language… For this reason, I gave up the idea of exploring the Philippines. Why playing the tourist in another Southeast Asian country while there is so much to see and live in China ?
And after a month or two in China, I think I will be ready to explore Mongolia. The Gobi desert, the endless lowlands, why not buying a horse and riding the countryside… And because I would have already done it that far, then it would be great to board the Transiberian and make a long journey through Siberia, through Russia, until Moscow, at the door of Europe. And because it would be sad to take a direct way back to France, I would back-track to Central Asia, starting in Kazakhstan, the biggest of the ex-Soviet countries. And because I would already have started traveling South, then it would be logical to explore the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. And because I would be that close to Afghanistan, then it would be great to finally be granted a visa to have the chance to set a foot in this fascinating land, unfortunately massacred by 30-year long troubles. And now that winter would be there, it would be time to travel through hotter land. Here come Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the latest only for a quick crossing. And because a trip in Asia would not be completed without a second visit of the more hospitable country I have ever seen, then it would be fantastic to spend a fortnight or a month in Iran, exploring the Northeast, and the Caspian Sea coast up to Azerbaijan. And we would then be so close to Europe. Just a few hope-on, hope-off in Armenia and Georgia and there would come Turkey, at the crossing of Europe and the Middle-East, a country with both cultures. And because I would then have a foot in the Middle-East, it would be wonderful to learn the ins and outs of this region that the whole World watches carefully. Starting with the archaeological sites of Syria, I would then climb the mountains of Lebanon. Getting a ride on a four-wheels through the desert of Jordan would lead me to Egypt. I would probably not spend much time sightseeing the pyramids and Mount Sinai. It would probably be more interested meeting the locals in Gaza Strip and into the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hopefully watching the preparations of the birth of a well-deserved Palestinian State, leaving in harmony and peace with Israel. Israel, oh boy, what a wonderful end : walking into a city holly not less than 3 times would be the best achievement ever after an almost 3 year-long journey, that started January 1st, 2010 in the streets of the old city of Bogota….
There is one thing for sure, everything is possible, the only limit to your dreams is your imagination. This is not the end, this is just the beginning…