I’ve been planning this trip, in my mind at least, for months if not years (when it was but a distant dream), but I started to write it down and do it properly about 4 months ago and I’ve reached a point that was probably inevitable from the start: complete and utter saturation.
I’m exhausted from thinking about everything, my head is crammed full of information about visas, accommodation, seasons to aim for and avoid, transport, mosquitos, volunteering opportunities, key phrases in different languages, to-do lists, lists of lists, lists of lists of lists…. arrrghhh! I can’t even escape during sleep – I haven’t had a non-travel dream for weeks now.
I’d like to learn some languages in the coming years, so I’ve been starting to prepare for learning Mandarin, then I thought how good it would be if I could converse a little in Burmese when I reach Yangon in February, so now all the Burmese and Chinese is mixing in my head and everything’s getting muddled. At least knowing “ni hao ma” in Chinese was useful in helping me remember the Burmese – “ni kao la” but I haven’t got much further than that.
I’ve been trying to ‘prettify’ my blog too but keep breaking it in IE8 which is so damn annoying when it works in all other browsers! I’ve spent days and days tinkering with it and have had to give up for now.
I think it’s time to back away for a few days. Perhaps I should read the stack of fiction and philosophy and psychology books on my bedside table that have been waiting patiently for months. Or maybe I should get my lazy arse off the sofa and do some exercise. My brain is well and truly fried.