Well, this past week has gone by fairly quickly. Seems like just yesterday I was packing my bags, and soon after was climbing off the airplane and trying to find my way around in the muddled London Heathrow airport.
It’s been a bit of a strange week. I mean, not too strange, but definitely different than my normal week at home.
Since I can’t seem to come up with anything more interesting to write about, and since I thought it might be interesting to read this myself in 50 years... this weeks post is going to be a little summary of my first week here in Budapest.
If that doesn’t sound overly interesting to you I don’t blame you. I apologize, kind of. :)
If I set everything up correctly this blog post should go live while I’m somewhere between home and Budapest Hungary.
A few weeks ago I posted about some of the reasons I decided to spend a month in Budapest, and now that the trip is almost here I need to make a packing list. Why make a packing list? Because there is nothing worse than getting where you’re going and realizing you forgot your phone charging cable.
Call me a nosy person, but I’m always fascinated by “what’s in my bag” articles or videos from photographers and digital nomads. Getting a single idea of something that can make travel easier or less stressful from someone who travels full time is always a good thing.
So... I guess this post will be an overview of the things that I’ll be taking with me as I head to Budapest.
Clothes and Personal
Clothes are the first thing I pack for a trip. They are the most basic things needed, so I make sure they get in the suitcase first.
My philosophy on the amount of clothes to pack has changed some over several trips. I used to try to take 7 pairs of everything, but that ends up getting pretty bulky. The nice thing about having seven sets of clothes is that I only have to do laundry once a week.
But... I have discovered an alternative that has worked well. Science says that underclothes should be worn once and then washed, outer clothes on the other hand can be worn twice or so before washing. The exception being when a person sweats profusely.
Last week I published an overview of how January went. I was pretty happy with how I had done working towards a number of my goals.
Perhaps I set myself up for a bit of a regression with that post… whatever the reason, this week came along and had a couple of major frustrations and derailments in the goals areas.
Before we go on… I’m not giving up on all of these goals I’m working on, but I sure thought about giving up on at least a few of them this week. This blog post was almost titled “why I decided to give up on all of my goals.” (That isn’t entirely true, but it was discouraging.)
Since the things I write here are basically a “look into the thoughts inside my head” a generally scary place to look, I thought I would practice some honesty and tell you how things went this week.
Nothing Seemed To Work
I don’t think I’m alone in this, but from time to time I’ll have a week (or even just a day) where it seems like nothing is working. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
I just sat down in my chair and got my iPad and keyboard out. It is time to buckle down and work on this weekends blog post.
Before I get started I sip my “water.” It is an experimental concoction of water, lemon juice, stevia and apple cider vinegar. It’s not horrible, but it really isn’t that good. I should have stopped with the lemon juice and stevia. I need the electrolytes, but I could have just swallowed a pinch of salt instead of mixing it in my cocktail.
I’m also not 100% convinced that I need apple cider vinegar in the morning.
It feels like a lot of what I’m eating or drinking (or not eating/drinking) is an experiment these days.
In fact it feels like a lot of my life is an experiment right now.
I hardly remember what I ate for breakfast. I don’t usually eat breakfast, so that isn’t a good example, but hopefully you get the idea.
These days I’ve accepted that I have a somewhat bad memory. Especially when it comes to when things are supposed to happen. I’ve taken a few steps to ensure that I don’t forget things… especially the important things.
The last number of years I had been using Google’s Inbox app to snooze emails containing things I need to do. I could also add tasks within Google Inbox. My life and deadlines revolved around Inbox.
Unfortunately Google announced a few months ago that they were going to be discontinuing Google Inbox.
When I first heard that they were shutting down Inbox, after checking to make sure it wasn’t a joke, I may have thrown a small temper tantrum. Apparently it’s going to shut down in just a few months, which means it is time to move on.
One of my goals this year, is to travel to at least one country that I’ve never set foot in before. When I shared that in last weeks post, I also mentioned that, unless something major happens between now and then, I have tickets to fly to Budapest, Hungary next month.
When I talk to people about this trip, as with my Mexico City trip last year, the first question always seems to be “why?”
While the reasoning isn’t super complex, I thought I’d write some of the why behind this particular choice of destination. There are a ton of places around the world, why choose Budapest?