Gap Year Update #2

 

GAP YEAR | Experience & What to do

GAP YEAR UPDATE + THANK YOU!

It’s almost a year ago that I found out I wasn’t accepted at the school that I wanted to go to. I remember I was a bit sad, but also happy that I had some more free time, but mostly I was scared. Because not going to college, would mean I had a gap year. It freaked me out not knowing what I had to do with my life. There were some things I wanted to do, but I didn’t know how. Eventually, now I think I made some great decisions. I grew and had the time of my life.

One of those great decisions is, of course, starting this blog. I am so happy that I had the courage to write about my life. In the beginning, this blog was mostly for myself, a space where I could write about my feelings and my ideas for this gap year. Just as my first blog post, I immediately throw in the fact I have a gap year. Blogging was all new to me, and when I look back now at my posts from a year ago, it is so different from what I post now. My blog went from bucket lists, get to know me’s to MOTD’s, OOTD’s and travel diaries. I remember I was so happy when my blog hit the 100 followers! Now, my blog is still growing and growing. It already hit the 400 followers! Thank you all so much for all the love! I never expected my blog to be this big, and I am really proud that I achieved this. Even though my gap year is almost over, I will keep blogging. I admit I barely post sometimes because I am not feeling like writing, but I think that’s normal. I think it’s better to write when you want to, instead of doing it because it’s required. The best posts are the ones you put the love in.

Even though I had the time of my life this year, I will be talking about that later, it wasn’t the easiest. I had to find what I wanted to study next year, how to fill my free time, think about doing something special. There was so much to do and think about. I made some “gap year resolutions”, all things I would like to do. I remember I wanted to learn a language, a skill, do volunteer work, travel the world and more. Trust me, it looks like you have loads of time, but eventually, you don’t. I made the decision to travel, but of course, I needed money for that so I worked more. Luckily I got the chance to work more at my part time supermarket job, and save all the money I needed. I even had the opportunity to take two months off to leave for Asia!

I also come across a study I wanted to follow, Optometry. I had to make an entrance examination. And again, they only accepted around 100 people. Luckily I am one of them, what means I am finally going to college in September! I’m very excited to learn again.

The gap year was also full of learning. I had to learn to make decisions, to get responsible, more confident and do things on my own. Even though I never mentioned it on my blog, because I didn’t feel the need to throw it out on the internet, I had to go through a few setbacks as a breakup of a 2.5 years long relationship and, not going backpacking with my best friend.  When I look back, I am really happy both things happened. Especially the breakup, because I wasn’t happy and I became myself again. It’s weird how one person can change you, but I am so happy I am myself again. Asia definitely helped me with it. I finally saw that that person I used to be 2.5 years long, wasn’t me.

My backpack adventure to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia is the other amazing decision I made this year. I had the best time there, saw so many beautiful views, met amazing and lovely people who will stay in my memory for ever, I saw the world from another perspective and I experienced so many new things. I could keep talking about my travels, but I already posted loads about it! If you want to read it, the start of all my diaries is from this post. You can read the recap here. There is also a film on it’s way, but it’s so much to edit, and the motivation is not really here yet. Have to work on that!

Yes, I am thankful for all the opportunities I had this gap year. I saw amazing places as, London, Bangkok, Hanoi, Angkor Wat, Berlin and Budapest. I became myself again. And I had so much fun already blogging, and there is still loads to come! If you’re in doubt to take a gap year, do it, it’s amazing. It was the best decison for me.

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Impressive Angkor Wat | Travel Diary

My last three days in Siem Reap I went to visit the Angkor Wat temples.

SUNDAY – DAY 1

First day of Angkor Wat! The evening before I met a girl in my hostel with whom I’m going to Angkor Wat for three days. In the morning we rented some bikes and bumped into this guy from our hostel. Eventually we ended up going with the three of us, that was great! 

We first had to go to the ticket center, where we had to take a picture and got our own personal ticket for Angkor Wat. It was still the Khmer New Year and all the Cambodians went to the temples. The roads were crowded, full with trucks with people in the back who were shooting at everyone with their water guns. Very refreshing as it was 35 degrees again. There were also lots of parties and festivals going on around the temples. 

All the temples were so impressive and beautiful. The most famous one is Angkor Wat, and ofcourse that one was really crowded. The funny thing was that the whole temple complex was mostly full with Cambodians. We were mostly the only western people there. I loved it! We already saw so much and had so many impressions and this was only the first day!

MONDAY – DAY 2

We had to wake up really early in the morning because our tuktuk driver came pick us up at 4.30 in the morning. Crazy early, but the sunrise was is worth it. I’ve never seen a sunrise in my life (as in waking up early for it and sitting down to see it in peace), it was one of the best experiences in my life. It was wonderfull how you slowly saw the sun coming and how you felt the temperature rising. I don’t understand why I’ve never done it before because it is so magical, beautiful and amazing. (Ps, probably because I love sleeping too much) 

After the sunrise we went back to our tuktuk driver. We couldn’t find him at first, but after a while we found the guys sleeping in this hammock. I need one too, it looked really comfortable.

We visited loads of temples, honestly I can’t really remember which because I only had like 4 hours of sleep and was so tired. But they were all really beautiful and I loved it. We did the big tour, with a few temples from the small tour so we had seen all the highlights from Angkor Wat. We’ve all so visited some temples that weren’t so touristic (also maybe because it was 7 in the morning ). It is all just so impressive, but I hope that pictures say more than words. I especially loved the jungle Indiana Jones temple, but sadly everyone loved that one so it was really crowded. Still definitely one of my favorites.

We came back in the afternoon and after some naps we had some street food at my favorite street food lady. She is an amazing cook. 

I also got this beautiful henna tattoo, I love it. In the evening we did some cocktails and went out with two guys that we met in the hostel and went to Angkor Wat with on the first day. It was so funny, we ended up in the club with only Cambodians. Really blending in here.

TUESDAY – DAY 3

My last day in Cambodia! In the morning/noon we went to the market for some shopping. We had some great bargain deals. 

In the afternoon we went to Angkor Wat again to see the sunset at the Phnom Bakheng temple. Loads of people wanted to there, and they only allow 300 people to go up. So we had to wait for a long time, kind of already gave up that we would see it. Luckily a few people came down and we could get up! It was quite cloudy, but still really beautiful. I love sunsets, but the sunrise was still the best thing ever. 

In the evening I had dinner for the last time at my favorite street food place.  Loved how she keeps recognising me, going to miss my food women. She was amazing.

After that we went to the night market, you can say I’m quite addicted to markets. I like it, but my bank account doesn’t haha. 

Well that was my Asian adventure.  Wednesday morning I’m flying back home. 

I will write a diary about my journey home, and also about my favorite moments and experiences. I’m really happy that I did it, and so greatfull that I had the possibility to experience something so amazing like this. It’s been a week or so since I’m home, yes I am really lazy with writing, but I’m missing it already. 

I hope you enjoyed all my travel diary posts about my journey. I definitely did and I’m happy that I have lots posts to read back to. 

Thank you for visiting! Hope you have an amazing day 🙂 xxxxxx

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