25 Dec It’s Cold in Kyoto but my Heart is Warm
Having finished traveling through Southeast Asia in the warm weather we are all now in Kyoto in the winter. (PS-I am not in Bangkok like my Map says-apparently it is broken as I am in Kyoto) This is our month 12, the last month we are all traveling together and there are so many gatherings we have done and are still doing. It is Christmas Day here in Kyoto and we had a huge dinner with 40 of us yesterday for Christmas Eve. Last night we stayed in a hostel for the night so we could all be together for Christmas Day. We had our farewell party last week which was very moving for all of us. Next week for New Years about 50 of us will be celebrating at Mount Fuji, it should be an epic end to this incredible year. The end is near, very near for all of us to go our separate ways.
My last two weeks of November I was traveling with a woman I met in Buenos Aires in June, she’s from Bolivia. We were in Bangkok and Koh Samui In Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia which I really enjoyed. Did lots of traveling this past month and thoroughly enjoyed all of the cities. All in all I was away from my group for almost three weeks because I also hit Hong Kong for a few days before arriving in Kyoto. Honestly, when I arrived in Kyoto I felt a little lost and distant be it that I was away for so long.
How time flies when you’re having fun and running around the world for a year. This is where my journey ends with Remote Year and my fellow Meraki travelers. This is also when I’m supposed to look back in retrospect at my year, make resolutions and plan for 2018. We all had the chance to do that a our farewell party this past week. It was a very emotional experience as well as a tremendous amount of fun. It warms my heart to look back at all that I have accomplished and what we all have done this year.
Remote Year planned a number of events for us to commemorate the end of our journey. We had dinners, open local events that we could all attend and then our farewell party on December 16th. The party was an all day event with many of us sharing personal words of love and compassion for each other. It was a “Love Fest” of sorts and beautiful. I’ve grown to appreciate the people who I had the honor of sharing this momentous year with. Be it that I was the oldest in my group (and the oldest Male to ever finish Remote Year) there were lots of OLD jokes but they were out of love and fun. I’m going to miss my Meraki’s. I do expect to see many of them in the upcoming year as there is a large group of us that are continuing to travel instead of going home.
As far as my travels go, from Kyoto I went on day trips to Osaka, Kobe for the best beef I have ever had, Nara and Hiroshima. I also headed to Tokyo with a small group of 9 for a few days. After Tokyo I traveled to northern Japan to see the Monkeys in the hot springs of Hokkaido by Nagano right before Christmas.
I plan on being in Tokyo for a few days into January then on to Taiwan for four days. I stop for a while in Hanoi where I plan to stay put and where my 2018 will start. I will probably only have a few more posts on this Blog into January and then move on back to my www.Richardsilverphoto.com Blog but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.