The Interim

My first ever post on this site was aptly named, “Pilot;” the first post of many to come, documenting the journey I’ve been on since I left the land of the long white cloud. The journey ended up being, well, fuckin’ awesome.

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I began this blog for several reasons. Firstly, I enjoy writing, and I wanted to keep that part of my mind ticking over while I was gone.

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Another reason is to keep one element of routine to routine to my life while I was gone, some small form of regularity.

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I also wanted to keep a record of what I did this year. Already, going through some of the posts I’ve written, I’d forgotten some of the finer points of experiences I’ve  had in over 26 countries I’ve visited since I left New Zealand in December 2015. Some people keep diaries, some take the odd photo, some don’t record anything at all. I’m glad I recorded all of this to look at later.

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On that note, it’s been great for letting my ever-worrying mother know what I’ve been up to, as well as my mates if they wanted to.

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about what to write as my first post to be published when I’m back home in New Zealand! I was initially going to do a bit of a summary, but after giving it some thought I’ve opted to insert a select a few photos, one from each country I visited, into this post instead.

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I selected the word interim to title this post, because using a word signalling finality would be to insinuate the end of me exploring this world, which isn’t going to be the case.

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I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank every single person who has helped me out along the way. Be it directions, a place to stay, a recommendation, a beer or a meal, advice, or just being good company; I appreciate it. I think that you can learn something from every single person you meet, and I have tried to. I hope to be able to repay your kindness in some way in the future, and should that opportunity not present itself, I will endeavour to pay it forward!

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I covered over 35,000 km’s covered by land this year, and it’s good to now chill out for a bit. I’ve unpacked my bag and it’s refreshing not having to think about where I’m going to stay the next few nights!

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So, thanks to those that have kept up with my entries, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! I’m looking forward to continuing on with this site when the time comes.

Thanks for reading!

– Damo

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