Although it was just a “fake” maternity leave, to a certain extend I can now understand why a mom who needs to get back to work after 3 or 6 months would say that it´s too early as she´s just learned how to deal with the baby and have finally managed to settle into the new routines and daily schedule.
It does take a long time to get your head off the daily office tasks and suddenly being forced (from one day to the next) to not constantly thinking, breathing and speaking work any longer was extremely difficult for me and I don´t think that I´ve truly been able to forget about my job and the company and completely relax and focus on myself only for a single day of those 3 months but as I was and am and will not be in danger of any of the modern world stress related sicknesses, I don´t feel that this complete oblivion would have been necessary to recharge my batteries.
I did entirely enjoy this journey and am grateful that my company and especially my boss made this possible. I know that there are workplaces out there, where these “mini sabbaticals” are being granted on a regular base, as research shows that an employee is a better one when given those special times off, when needed, but as this was a first time in our organisation, it´s been a great gift for me to receive.
I am happily looking forward to going back to work on the 4th of january as I´m not ready to retire just, yet, but do still feel that there is a lot of things I want to pursue and achieve in the years to come and as the fortune teller In NOLA told me – there are the most exciting times and projects laying ahead of me – but I will definitely look back to this journey as I´ve learned a lot from it.
Here comes a recap in numbers:
In 3 months, I´ve:
– come through 18 airports
– visited 8 countries
– driven close to 8000 km
– slept in 30 different hotels and beds in 70 travel days
– spend around 17.000.- Euro
– seen 20 possible apartments in 2 countries on 3 islands and still don´t know where to go
– been 55 days on my own
– walked 724.741 steps which equals 552 km (an average of 6,7 km per day)
– did 20 workouts in 10 weeks
– researched countless hours on the internet mainly for trip planning and hotel booking
– will always remember this time by listening to Adele´s “Hello”
THE BEST: Uluru – Ayers Rock, Cumberland Island and Oak Alley plantation
THE WORST: New Zealand
What I would do differently next time I´m planning a 3 months vacation is that I would pick 2 or 3 places of interest where I would stay each for 4-6 weeks and be less restless and eager to see it all, know it all and do it all in a mere 90 days as there was not a lot of relaxing happening the way I´ve planned and experienced this time out. 🙂
Most of the time I have enjoyed to telling you all about my days, tours, sights and excitements and as I´ve been to so many places, seen so many great things, met a lot of interesting people and experienced loads of new things in a relatively short time, I´m actually very happy that I´ve started this blog as it will also be a perfect reminder for myself should I ever have the desire to go back in time and wanting to remember. I´d like to thank you all for following my first steps to becoming a famous author and for regularly commenting on my blog – it meant a lot to me and showed me that I was never really on my own – no matter where I´ve been.
I´m “flying home for christmas” tomorrow and am glad to see my parents, siblings, my boys and good friends and wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and special year 2016!