Just when things started to get predictable, I went and shook things back up again. The last time I made a post, I was applying for jobs on base here in Kaiserslautern and started to get bummed out when I wasn’t getting any calls back. But thanks to a friend from the past randomly messaging me and suggesting that I give out my Paypal account info, I get to do something much more exciting. Within a few days of putting my email out there, readers donated enough money for me to embark on another adventure. I’m not going to name any names, but I’m going to thank every single friend that helped me out in person, no matter how small they think their contribution was. I cannot begin to tell you how appreciated it all is. It showed me that my story is affecting people so much that they are literally investing in its continuation. It’s enough to choke a dude up.
Now I don’t know how long this money will be able to keep me on the run for, but that’s been the case since May 14. And it’s been working out pretty well so far.
Anyway I went ahead and accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to get work right now so I looked up cheap tickets to anywhere. One of the cheapest and most fun options that popped up was Greece. That’s where I’m going to tomorrow morning. I’ve been tempted to research things to do there, but I’m really going to put the whole “no plans” things to the test. I have no idea what I’m going to do after getting on the plane at 6:30am, and I haven’t been this anxious since this whole thing started. Exciting!
Now I’ve got a few shoutouts to add to my story.
This is Monique. She’s works at a major veterinary hospital and takes care of working dogs that have been wounded on duty. One of her recent patients is on the cover of National Geographic! How cool is that?? Since I’ve been here she’s gotten two coins of recognition and has put up with my and Drew’s antics for the past three weeks. This picture was taken on her 21st Birthday celebration last weekend and she might kill me for posting it. Hopefully I’ll be in another country when she sees this. Thank you for being such a wonderful host. Drew’s very lucky to have you.
This is Atlas and Sookie. These goofballs run amok fighting each other over toys all day and are always down to play a rough game of Tug of War. I’ve gotten to know them quite well as I’ve been their babysitter while the Owens’ have been at work. They crack me up. Here’s a video I just took of them playing. It’s pretty adorable.
Alot of my time here has been spent doing what I was dreaming of doing on those days in Skye where I was miles from civilization and home comforts. I’ve been catching up on my Netflix time. In the weeks before leaving the US, I was cherishing nights of sitting on the couch, doing nothing because I knew it wasn’t going to happen again for a while. Thankfully, I got to relax and enjoy myself like that again sooner than I expected and now I’m cherishing it again before I fly away from it for the unknown. I’m honestly just glad I got to watch the rest of Game of Thrones.
While Drew and I spent many nights drinking, playing games, and generally goofing around, we shared several good, long conversations about life and what we hope for in the future. It’s hard to believe we are now on our 13th year of friendship, but I look forward to the next 13.
We’ve gone to festivals, bars, clubs, castles, we’ve had friends over that I’d never met before, and I’ve had a blast. I really needed this. Here are some pictures from that castle. It was really cool.
And here’s the day we went to the dog park:
My friend made a neat little life here and he seems very happy. And I am happy for him. Thank you for sharing it with me.
It’s hard to believe I knew only one of the people in that last photo before I got here. I hope I never stop meeting people and hearing their stories. I’ve never been this happy in my life and things are about to get even more exciting. See you in Greece!