I have my convictions
- Travel is essential for learning
- Money is a necessary evil
- Italian food is from another (better planet)
I recently got back from an amazing August Italy adventure that looked something like this:
Brno > Prague
Prague > Bologna
Bologna > Rimini
Rimini > San Marino
San Marino > Florence
Florence > Rome
Rome > Vatican
Rome > Vienna
Vienna > Brno
Five countries in eight days (Czech, Italy, San Marino, Vatican, Austria). You’d think I would be rushed off my feet, but because I was travelling solo, waking up early, and doing all of the tourist activities during the early hours or the evening, I managed to spend the hottest part of the day with my old friend Air-Conditioning, getting a lot of work done. I didn’t even work on public transport, as usual, because I couldn’t get a seat anywhere! Italy’s trains and buses were packed to the brim.
It was not my first trip to Italy
But it was certainly my best. Last time I was there, a man shaved my head by accident, I was conned by a Thai lady, and I nearly fell off a roof trying to impress a Kiwi girl. This time, I was not a 20-year-old scruffy backpacker. I travelled by train, I stayed in hotels, and I ate at restaurants. A younger (stingier) me would be both proud and surprised.
The last time I was in Italy, it was on my way home from a volunteer camp in Albania. This time, I was going just to explore, and do some work, of course. Client work recently has been very interesting, and whilst in Italy I had requests from multiple clients to discuss international recycling law, the repeal of certain bin types, and I was even asked to proofread a white paper.
The gift of photography
Italy was a birthday gift to myself. But, the most incredible gift I received was a DSLR camera from one of my oldest and greatest friends. It has been by my side ever since. Here are my favourite shots.
The trip didn’t end there
I returned back to my overseas home of Brno, Czech Republic, where my partner was waiting for me. I took a couple of days to relax, and then we packed the car with food and drink and headed down to Semmering, Southeast Austria.
During the car ride, I opened my laptop and worked. It’s incredible really, I have a friend whose marketing agency fell under because the overheads were too high. He got a company car, an office and a team before they had any customers. Then there’s me, I’ve built a small team of dependable freelancers, I have a wonderful business partner with whom neither of us has anything to lose, and I can work offline in my flip-flops from the comfort of my girlfriend’s VW Golf while we fly down the autobahn at 130kmh. Do people really have their priorities in order? Making money is a necessary evil – an office, full-time staff and a BMW are not. Are they?
I craved Italian food, but I settled for the all-inclusive Austrian buffet food in our mountain hotel. Italian food is from another planet. I had the best pizza ever in Bologna and the best pasta in San Marino. I miss it.
Before this turns into a food blog, I’m going to wrap up, tell you thanks for reading, and leave you with my best pictures from our 3 day trip to Austria.