Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
135Trip End Feb 27, 2011
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I stand still …
I have absorbed half the world, its people and places …
So it is time to rest and reflect.
I have now de-mystified a huge chunk of the world …
Places that I only knew in books or movies or in my imagination …
Places that I now know, have friends in, and which have given me a greater perspective on myself, my life and the world in general
What better paradise to chill than in Negril, on the West coast of Jamaica.
However … a word to the wise … the chill time does not start for the first day or so …
Within 30 minutes of arrival at the beach I was offered everything under the sun … with bells on top …
It was a frightening onslaught of the worst kind … and all we were doing was sitting on the beach !
Alex and Alex (aka Friday) … my travel buddies from Kingston … and I were surrounded by a small army of vendors … but we resisted valiantly ….
Alex, Friday and me formed an excellent travel group, and it was great to have their company for a couple of weeks … a fare few good times were had.
After 2 days we became “locals” or “those guys that won’t give us smokes and don’t buy anything” … things settled down … and chill time began proper !!!
In all I spent about 2 weeks doing not much but chill … it has been a while since I sat and did almost nothing … I feel well rested now …
I had an awesome beach lifestyle for a while …made all the more special by a lovely little romance with Nicky from England … I will never forget those lips !!!!
I feel like I now need to seriously begin to think about what next … my de-construction is complete … my thoughts on a day-to-day / moment-by-moment basis are completely different to what they were 12 months ago … the first purpose of this journey has been achieved.
In some sense I feel like I am 17 again, thinking about what to study, where to go to university, where to live, what career I need to make, etc …
Can I / should I start all that process again … try a completely different path … or am I simply running from death?
I have even found myself thinking recently that if it was a deal breaker to have more kids, then maybe I will … a strange thought … something I had previously completely ignored as a possibility … and a cause of a number of relationship break-ups over the last 10 years or so …
I was so sure I did not want to go down that path again ….
Mmm …. the twists and turns … clearly I need more time to sort out all the new and interesting possibilities that life is throwing at me now …
At the time a writing this I am starting to feel the withdrawal symptoms … time to zone out … will be glad when the next week of so of withdrawal is done !!!