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On the eve of two years on the road, and as the end of this adventure approaches (what's next; they ask? I still don't know, but I feel it coming and I finally feel okay about it), one of the things I'm most grateful for has been the unlimited time. The ability to make plans based on where your interests truly lie or what you feel like doing on a particular day or what's most affordable, instead of what's convenient. When you have only two weeks off, you have to make certain sacrifices so you can travel. You buy the flight on the dates that work best instead of when it's cheapest. You go direct instead of via stopovers. You book excursions in advance, sight unseen, even though you know it's more expensive that way, even though you don't know how you're going to be feeling when the appointed day arrives. I'm in constant awe of the intrepid travelers who make such choices to see the world despite their time constraints. But, when you have unlimited time, when your constraints are your finances instead of your schedule, you can book the return flight from your trip to Romania from Bulgaria instead, because it's so much cheaper, and worry later about how you're going to get from Bucharest to Sofia. You can take a 12-hour train trip alone and spend those 12 hours exclusively staring out the window because reading on trains makes you nauseated. And then you can hitch a ride with three Kiwi civil engineers and discover a magnificent country you had never even considered visiting before Skyscanner let you know how affordable the flight was. You're amazing, Bulgaria, and I'm so privileged to have had this time -- in you, and in the world. #retrospective#gratitude#travel#bulgaria#sofia#rila#monastery#backpackerlife#solotravel#adventure#hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy#anniversary#soulvacation#spiritpylon#spiritquest