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1. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member, 418 posts) 29 Apr '10 05:32

and whew!!!

Been some crazy months I've been away from TP, and I just had to return! I left a job, took a two month break, started a new job, worked non-stop for 6 months and am trying to maintain some fab trips to Istanbul, Belgrade, Hanoi and Phuket :)

Sorry for this completely irrelevant post, but I just wanted to say I'm glad to be back

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru, 880 posts) 29 Apr '10 06:43

Sounds like a handful. Welcome back. Let's hear some stories.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 29 Apr '10 07:26

Welcome back!! I second Piecar; we want stories!!

4. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 29 Apr '10 11:13

Hey Sapphyre - we've missed you!!! Have you maintained your sanity or can we expect some really off the wall posts in the coming months? Just checking... ;)

5. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member, 418 posts) 2 May '10 08:05


Well...what can I say? It's been a period of self-discovery, learning to let go and take breaks, trying to find balance in life, trying to decide what to do. Can't say I achieved all though. Same but different job, different shit, but I guess that's life. I contemplated switching lines to be a tour guide, and doing a half-year immersion in Israel to pick up Hebrew! But these shall remain thoughts for now as I'm trying to see how I can study again.

I loved all the places I visited in the last eight months. Istanbul was especially beautiful, in a macro sense, but the airport was just . Might head back again this summer before I head to Lisbon for my yearly conference. And had a lovely time with friends in Belgrade, super yummy fruit beer they have there! (Not that I drink ) I'm taking a step back from all these work travel and doing more real off to Laos in three days! Never thought I would travel with a backpack again, and before Hanoi I had not travelled in SEA since I was 17 and a half. Am kinda jittery bout Laos to be honest, but it'll all about pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, and too bad for my boss if I don't return in time

I'm still sane (I think )