Thursday, January 31, 2008

The beginning of another year

Greetings to all of you blog readers,

First of all, I wish you a happy new year 2008, good health and all the best in life!

I have begun this year by looking back at what 2007 has meant to me. And I can say it's been one of the most challenging years of my life, so far. I have had many up's and down's, many accomplishments and many crashes, but in the end that's what life is all about. You live, you fall down, you get up again, and keep moving while you still have breath. Struggling to keep my faith, looking for love and trying to make it to the next step. But I think that, after all, I have begun to re-shape my values and to appreciate what I have and what I should build.

I do not know whether I am wiser or stronger in spirit now. I do not believe I am a different person from what I was one year ago. Yet, I believe I have learnt some important lessons, that I must apply in my everyday life.

I am satisfied with my career and my personal progress. There are good and bad days, but I understand now that I must look at the future all the time. All that matters is the next step, the rest is but an option.

But the most important event that marked the beginning of this year is, without any doubt, my trip to Egypt. My company has decided to send me and Gabi, one of my colleagues, to an all-expenses-paid trip to this country. It's a country of extremes. The pyramids and the sphinx are superb, but the country is in a very bad shape. Poverty is everywhere. People are fighting to make a living, trying to sell whatever they can...the bedouins, for example. Personally, I've never seen poorer people in my life.

On the other hand, for the tourists it's a real paradise. It's much cheaper than many traditional destinations, and the conditions are more than acceptable. The landscape is a little devastating, but once you go snorkeling, you change your opinion on everything. Once you swim close to the fish and touch the corals, and after riding a camel, things seem so exotic and exciting that you're certainly gonna want to come back again. And soon!

What pissed me most - everyone was expecting a "baksheesh", a tip. For everything. For any information, any door opened. For doing their's incredible sometimes but...that's the way it is.

What I wish for this year? Peace and health. Nothing more that that. I shall solve the rest, God willing.

That would be all for now. I'm a little out of inspiration tonight. Some pictures...later.

Peace&Love to You!


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