Today was Sunday and we had a MESYM event but I was stuck at home working for my paying job. It’s 3 minutes into Monday now, signalling the start of yet another hectic week… WHAT HAPPENED TO MY WEEKEND??

Sigh. Good news is that the current project that I’ve been working on for the past 2.5 months is ending, but bad news is that there seems still to be a sea of work that I cannot see beyond. I know that in about 3 weeks I’ll be going to Argentina (got the tickets already) but it has not sunk in yet. The moment of “oh hell yeah I am in a foreign country now!” only hits me when I disembark from the air plane.

I haven’t travelled for more than a year. Sometimes the travel bug chews on me and I find myself craving to go somewhere, anywhere; take a bus, take a train, take a plane. I miss carrying all that I need on my back and walking for kilometres. I miss sticking my thumb up by the road, under a clear blue sky. I miss vast, open spaces.

I miss Europe. I think of Taiwan sometimes. Even Hong Kong, the hectic city it is, was very kind to me. I wonder how Japan is like and I think about how Turkey was so important in shifting my language-learning paradigm.  I would love to practise my Japanese. But I shouldn’t be complaining. I just went through a few Duolingo sessions, and I’ve been doing one form or another of Spanish language learning, just to prepare myself for a month of Spanish language immersion.

I’m excited about it. It’s my first trip to South America, and it’s Leo’s birthplace, and I actually know enough of Spanish to function – just need to take the boat for a spin. Duolingo informs me that I’ve learnt 1017 words. I wonder if I’ll be able to finish all the Duolingo lessons before leaving for Argentina – that does seem rather ambitious!  I did a quick tally and I still have 103 lessons to get through. Which means, with the 21 days that I have left, I’ll need to do about 5 lessons per day with a tiny margin for failure.

Which is not too far-fetched.

Anyway I gotta go to bed. Long day tomorrow.