A new chapter.
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
38Trip End Jun 12, 2009
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So where am i now and why has it taken me 7 months to get back on this web site?
First i will start with where i left off. We were in Agra we were super hot but still enjoying the sights sounds and atmosphere of India. We moved from Agra straight to Mumbai as funds became a serious issue and after a few days not feeling to well after some dodgy ice cream we jumped on a plane and returned to Bristol.
The total trip was around 11 months... we did not quite make the whole year but would not have changed the route we took or the way we did things. We could have made a year if we restricted ourselves during the trip but we didn't and enjoyed any activity that took our fancy as we toured the world.... we both agree it was the best way to do the trip and are totally happy with the way things went.
We saw some amazing sights met some amazing people and have created some long lasting friendships :) I still have a lot of places on my list to visit and now a few places that i would like to re visit. In case you are interested my top three favorite countries in no particular order from the year are Japan, Thailand and Nepal. Japan for the extreme culture shock, the technology, the dress sense, the history, the ninjas and the anime :) Nepal for the food, the trekking and the gorgeous scenery. And Thailand for the food and large amount of activities available to a traveler on a budget.
We have our travel blogs to look back on, tons of photos on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/discozo/sets) and 16+ hours of video that we will edit into a watchable movie with music and all :)
I now have the want to meet new people as much as possible after meeting so many nice people from different walks of life with interesting (much more than mine) stories to tell and laughs to share. I also have a drive for life knowing what i have accomplished and what can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.
So that was our trip... i hope you enjoyed the read... if there is anyone out there reading this and i can now give you a quick run down of the new chapter we are starting.
Why did it take me 7 months to get back on here? Well! we enjoyed Mumbai returned to Bristol, surprised Zoe's family (knocked on their front doors with them not expecting us home for a month and having not seen them for 11 months) and did a similar surprise with my family. We also kept a keen eye on facebook and managed to surprise our friends at a night in Bristol by turning up unexpected... it was brilliant and i loved it. I have never been surprised like that myself and look forward to something like that possibly happening to me in the future.
All of the surprising out of the way we set up base at my parents house. No bedrooms free we slept on the living room floor and got to work getting our selves sorted.
Before i go on i still have not answered WHY it took me 7 months to finish this blog. A simple answer ... i wanted to be sorted, happy and have something to report before i wrote this. Well today i am feeling sorted happy and have something to report about.
Moving on! After traveling i was not too keen to get back into full time IT support, as much as i have enjoyed fixing computers for a living i wanted something a little more creative and fulfilling. A job where i could work hard and have something tangible to show for it at the end of the week... something where i could say.. look i made that, i was part of that yey. So i looked at my options, looked into possibly developing some skills in the background while continuing IT support and then moving into a more enjoyable role. I ended up getting interested in Flash design and action-script, made some inquiries with local companies and realized i would have to put in a lot of effort and work to make it happen, i was prepared to do this and that was the path i was going to take.
What actually happened.... over a 2 month period of being back in Bristol i got in contact with over 100 companies to see what my options for the future could be and mainly to ask for advice as to how i could get into a creative roll and which path i should take to reach my goals. One of the companies that got back to me (and luckily one of the companies i was most interested in made me a fantastic offer) this is after a few interviews here and there.
The offer: IT Support, and IT maintenance for the company while in the background they train me, and give me the resources needed to become an iPhone application developer. I accepted and i am now three months in. I still have some IT support responsibilities but my main role now is to develop applications for the iPhone and i love it. It is creative, interesting and at the end of the working week i have something to be proud of :) At the moment i have one application on the Apple itunes store and there are 35 people (last time i checked) using an application that i have created on their iPhones. The applications are programmed in Objective-C and although i am liking the language there is a lot to learn and i have only scratched the surface. I want to get good and get good quick, so that i can fulfill my role and continue to produce quality applications that i can be proud of. I realize that i am going to be putting in a lot of effort over the next year... i am both excited and anxious about how this will go but so far so good and i am putting in the effort needed while enjoying my role at the same time. Perfect :)
Get a job - Check. :)
Zoe has done super well and her aim was to set up her own business... whoop de whoop she has done it and things are ticking along nicely. She has her own web design business (www.skillsontoast.co.uk) and she is enjoying it. I am very proud of her.
Zoe get a job - Check :)
The final stage to feel settled was to get a flat. That is where i am typing this from now... we have moved in with one of our very good friends. A spacious top floor flat with gorgeous views in the very center of Bristol. My walk to work is a staggering 5 1/2 minutes.... Brilliant.
We moved in last weekend. This is the first weekend after the move, and hence the feeling of getting myself sorted after a year of constant moving about and the reason i now feel ready to finish this blog.
Get a flat - Check.
I spent the morning wandering around town, picked up a new book to read, had a tasty Latte and i am spending the rest of the day relaxing. Feeling happy.
I hope everyone is well. Thanks to everyone who may have taken the time to read my garble over the last year. And if there is anyone out there - New friends, old friends... who feels compelled (not sure why you would) to give me a shout and meet up for a drink or what not give me a shout. Thomaswguy@gmail.com