In A Taxi, You Roll With The Punches.

9-1-23 Sofia Bulgaria

(The above photo got me kicked out of a cab. See my Instagram video).

So, I made it through one month of travel. The first month seems like it flew by. I’m sure I was under a bit of stress from the whole situation, but now I feel much more relaxed.

However, I feel that my trip begins in earnest today. From here on, I will be visiting countries I have never been to before. In fact, I will be visiting five countries in the next 30 days. And until about thirty-five years ago, all these countries were under communist rule.

And starting today I will be keeping track of every dollar I spend. I want a realistic idea of exactly how much it costs to travel. That said, I want to tell you that to get the ball rolling, I probably spent about ten thousand dollars, because I had to make all my room reservations. Book airfare to and from the United States. And make all my arraignments to get to each new city or country. Whether by plane, train or bus.

I’ve had to deal with a few hiccups along the way. I still have trouble accessing my health insurance plan. Due to no fault of my own. Not having a phone makes it a little harder. I’m enjoying the food and seeing how people live. It seems I really haven’t had time to just enjoy the adventure, because of trying to get things situated.

But I know I can’t get upset or frustrated. I’m here and I’ll have to roll with the punches. But its part of what makes this an adventure. Figuring it out as I go. But isn’t that how life works?

Until next time, enjoy life’s journey.

Joe O’Brien

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