I read travel blogs from all over the world and the common agreement is that we will have down times while travelling, especially when we travel for long periods of time. Previous to the UK I hadn’t experienced that at all. When prompted for my most difficult point I would say it was when I rode 64km on a horrible bike in Turkey and ended up with the worst leg cramps I’ve ever had. To put that in perspective though, I was riding from the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen to an amazing national park, so I was still happy. My mentality changed when I arrived in the UK. It probably started with my negative attitude toward going to the UK. It never held any appeal for me except, perhaps to easily get a job should I run out of money. I mainly went to visit a friend, which I should know by now is a bad idea, as it’s had me jumping all over Europe in a crazy order so far!
For part of the trip I didn’t even realise I was in the frame of mind, constantly trying to be optimistic and remaining calm because stress causes me to lose perspective and direction. I mean literally, the only times I have ever been properly lost is when I have been stressed. My negative mood followed me through my whole 3 week trip resulting in some pretty negative events like having to leave my friends place that I had come to visit, falling down a staircase and getting sick. I only finally got out of it after it followed me to Montenegro, I got put in the worst apartment ever, with cockroaches! I had to leave regardless of whether I’d get my money back. So I left, went to an amazing place which greeted me with cake and went to meditate at the beach.