So originally this post was going to be about Luxembourg. Funny that.
I’d made a decision at the start of December 2015 that one of my goals for the New Year would be to travel to a country a month. I wasn’t sure quite how I would travel as much once I left university and had to work and do, you know, “adult stuff” but I figured that with my track record and borderline obsessive compulsion to travel, a country a month would definitely be an achievable goal. Of course, I knew that time constraints would mean lots of weekend city-break style escapes but at least it would keep my wanderlust reasonably satiated so I sat down, looked at a map of Europe and counted out the countries I haven’t yet visited – there were quite a few!
Enthusiasm took hold and by the time I’d made a list of 2016 target countries, options for January and corresponding cheap flights; the paper was covered in scrawl resembling little more than chicken scratchings. Shortly after, Luxembourg emerged as the January winner and tickets were booked.
Fast forward a week or so. I was in Bilbao visiting a friend for St Thomas (the Spanish end-of-year food festival – think German Christmas markets but less Christmassy and a dangerous amount of cider) when I got the call confirming me on a new project at work. The news came with the warning that lots of travel would be expected – Oh dear me! I bet you can just imagine my horror.
That was roughly three weeks ago. The plan was that the travelling would start in February…that plan stood until Friday evening when the decision was made that I would be in Manila on Monday morning and so here I am in Heathrow Terminal 3 waiting for my flight.
It’s quite amazing how everything has worked out. I was meant to visit The Philippines last year as part of my summer travels but a phone call from a dear friend led to him flying out to meet me in Indonesia and as life would have it, we ended up in Seoul instead of Manila and Manila got crossed off the 2015 country list.
I can’t wait to get there. I’ve been warned about the infuriating traffic and the boiling heat, the thick pollution and the humidity that hangs in the air… but I don’t care. I’m excited.
So you shall all have to wait until next week to hear about Luxembourg, in the meantime, bring it on Manila!