My mother says I could fall into a bucket of poo and come out smelling like roses. It’s true.
I am a lucky person.
I don’t know what makes me lucky, I wouldn’t say I’m a hard worker or particularly nice; Actually I do know why I’m lucky:
I take risks because I know things always work out the way they should. Fortunately this strategy has worked for me – it happened again this week.
Just as I had decided to end my nomadic lifestyle my old advertising agency contacted me asking if I could come work on a contract immediately. But that’s not sheer luck, months ago I told them I would be interested in short-term work. But for it to happen when I needed it the most means someone is looking out for me.
What’s more is that I was with the Hecks who helped me find a last-minute flight when my grandmother was sick. So our last night in Venice Pete sat with me scouring the internet for the cheapest flights.
And when we parted at the train the next morning I felt truly lucky to know the Hecks.
But my luck didn’t end there. Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker was also showing up in Rome and he was meeting with Caanan and Kent from No Vacation Required and Sheryll and her boyfriend Johnny from The Wanderlust Project.
They were all in Rome to hang out for one night – my last night.
It was a night of mishaps where we ended up drinking wine on a street corner which we fondly refer to as #OccupyCorner.
I am lucky.
It’s the end of my European journey with Eurail. I had always dreamed of a big Europe rail adventure and was so happy I didn’t have to give up on that dream. Without the pass I may not have jumped on trains or been so spontaneous.
Because my last week in Italy was filled with wonderful people. These are some of my best travel memories and reminded me of the joy of travel.
But I cannot imagine any better way to end a year and a half of travel.
I am ready to go home.