CherryRed wrote: ↑
30 Apr 2018, 20:36
Oh god, I just realised it was it was like 22 years ago, not almost 20 years ago.... sigh.
Amazing how time flies. 10yrs ago, my plan was to do my Masters in 2yrs and go on 6 months worth of travel using long service leave and annual leave... my Masters took 3.5yrs (including a 1 semester break) and immediately afterwards (like 2min after graduating) I was let go from State Government during the Liberals' purge of all temps in the QLD public service (note that I had a permanent position till 6 months before that point). I got paid out my long service and annual leave with a huge chunk going to the tax man and not much left to take the holiday I wanted plus tend to my mortgage during my 4 months of unplanned unemployment.
Fast forward 6yrs and I'm back with the government with a permanent position, relieving at the level I was at when I was fired and planning half of the same holiday I was 10yrs ago coz I have excess leave again - lol
The original holiday was meant to start in Vietnam, traveling north to Beijing, then do the Silk Road through to the city of Kashgar and then travel down to Kathmandu... I could never get that last stretch to work as crossing from China to Nepal is very dangerous. Some people have hiked it through the mountainous terrain along the highways and they've been lucky to survive.
Well, since 2011, I've done a decent chunk of China on two separate 16 day trips with the folks and my bro. We're thinking of doing Vietnam next year, and this Silk Road trip I'll do alone will properly cover off on the Silk Road through to Europe which is better than what I was planning 10yrs ago. I'll tick off on Nepal after that.