This is the most last minute trip I have ever been on. Felt quite unprepared and the night before wanted to cancel, due to my claustrophobia. I had a major panic attack and it was quite scary. Thank goodness for Steve Jobs and his iPod Shuffle. Closing my eyes and being transported away by the music saved me. Also took a flu pill that made me sleepy. The key was to constantly distract myself. Just sharing this in case you suffer from the same affliction.
I absolutely love exploring new places, I just don’t like the getting there part. But now I am so glad I went. Due to limited funds we try to visit countries or places we’ve never been to before. Is it the same with you?
Well now, Helsinki in Finland is the furthest north I have ever been and I feel so lucky to have been there. Feels almost surreal because I honestly thought I would never make it there in my lifetime.
Also went to Stockholm in Sweden as it was an hour’s flight away. I couldn’t miss out on the land of ABBA and Pippi Longstocking. Although the Pippi I am familiar with is the little girl in the 70’s TV show and not so much the book character. In the end I fell in love with an animated character called Moomin which is an adorable troll which looks like a Hippo.
Talking about furthest north on the world map, I wanted to record down my other milestones and I hope you can share yours with me too. I found this exercise quite interesting and it made me feel so lucky to have been so far:
Furthest North: Helsinki
Furthest South: Melbourne (hope to include NZ one day)
Furthest East: Tokyo
Furthest West: Orlando