As scheduled, we are flying to Europe today from China.
Asia has been our home for almost 18 months. Now that we’ve become accustomed to dumplings, noodle soup and Nescafe with condensed milk for breakfast, we depart with mixed emotions (well, our emotions towards Nescafe are clear: we are very happy to leave it behind). We also leave behind the richness of Asia’s chaotic streets for a different European pace punctuated with cafes and medieval stone architecture.
When I let it leak on Facebook last week that we were leaving Asia soon, some relevant questions streamed in:
“What’s going on?”
“Are you OK?”
“Are you stopping?”
“What about the other continents?”
Don’t worry, we are not stopping. We are also remarkably healthy considering all the street food we’ve enjoyed and arduous bus rides we’ve endured.
The journey continues. We are, however, taking a breather.
A European Interlude
After a stop in Vienna (Austria) to visit some of Audrey’s family, we’ll return to Prague, Czech Republic for a few weeks to renew our Czech business visas and sort some errands. While we don’t relish bureaucracy or visits to the Foreigner’s Police, this in-person visit is required to keep us and our Czech LLC legal and current.
Instead of hopping right back on the road, we’ll friend-hop around Central and Eastern Europe for the summer and fall. We’ll use much of this time to write, reflect and perhaps drink a few bottles of good wine. Between sips, we intend to resume a regular publishing schedule to catch up on our experiences in China, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Nepal. We’ll fill these pages with Asian visions of beauty and culinary surprises as we cast a sharp eye on some of the region’s more dubious politics and curious cultural mores.
Since we’ll be friend-hopping around places like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Bulgaria, we will also include a European adventure from time to time as well. Visit often or add us to your RSS feed.
In addition to working on content for Uncornered Market, we will take advantage of our stillness and reliable internet connections to work on business development. What does this mean?
For us, it means taking the time to explore and secure new projects, freelance writing and photography assignments and partnership deals. If you have any ideas, leads or contacts that might fit, please let us know.
How About Africa?
We expect to hit the road again later this year. Our current plan is to head to the Middle East and Africa, though we’ve recently entertained South America as a next stop. One of the goals of this journey is to visit each of the continents; opportunities, projects and contacts will continue to determine the pace and sequence of how it all fits together. Keep checking the website for updates as our plans fall into place.
A Visual Return to Europe
In the spirit of returning to Europe, we leave you with a photo slideshow from our first sojourn together in Europe eight years ago. From Estonia to Croatia and from Turkey to Portugal – with our wedding in Italy thrown in between – this four-month cross-continent trip served as our first taste of long-term travel and whetted our appetites to travel around the world together one day.
Photo Slideshow: Europe in 100 Days
If you have a high-speed internet connection, stick around for the slideshow below. Otherwise, visit the photo set here.