I hope you have all enjoyed a little bit of Rob in your lives on a daily basis, but I’m afraid that this is the last post of these adventures.
After a year on the road you may ask what has this time away taught me?
Most surprising of all was that my eyes turn blue after prolonged exposure to bright sunlight. Go figure!
Going around the world in search of beaches has reconfirmed a long held belief that waist high waves can be far more fun than charging double overhead monsters, especially if surfing with friends.
|December||USA, Hawaiian Islands|
|January||California, Mexico, Guatemala|
|February||Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica|
|March||Panama, Colombia, Ecuador,|
|April||Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina|
|May||Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Tahiti|
|June||New Zealand, Australia|
|July||Australia, Indonesia, Pacific Islands|
|August||Australia, Indonesia, Pacific Islands|
|September||Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam|
|October||Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore|
|November||Sri Lanka, India, Egypt|
A smile has got me a great deal further than aggression in the water almost everywhere in the world, and it has given me so many wonderful new friends.
Internet and telephone technology has developed so much that this trip simply would not have been possible even ten years ago. However it still has a very long way to go before we live in a digital planet.
It would be boring if there was no adventure left though, and I think I will probably look back most fondly on the journey driving down the west coast of the Americas in my Volkswagen. It was all the more challenging taking it on in a language not my own, but so much more satisfying because I managed to do it all by myself.
For a long while I have believed that time is our most precious commodity. It is worth far more than gold, and because life is not a dress rehearsal you must make the most of whatever is available to you.
I like to think that I have squeezed as much as possible into this journey so will always look back fondly on this adventure. I know it has been the time of my life and wouldn’t change any of it including the things that have driven me to insanity at times.
What next, you may ask?
I suspect it will be a long time before I spend the night with crustaceans in my bedroom again or I surf in shorts, but it wont take long until the next swell is on the horizon, even if the water will most likely be cold and I will have to wear a thick wetsuit to cope with it.
There is usually plenty of swell at this time of year, so does anyone want to go surfing?