Well, my 2 weeks on Gran Canaria quickly turned into 2 1/2 months!
I never did write an update at the end of my trip, but I was very sad that my journey was over. 14 months went incredibly fast! It was such an amazing experience and I was so thrilled to find so many wonderful, helpful people around the world. Its not easy to express how amazing it felt, but, I imagine it feels a little like crowd surfing, without all the weird stuff you imagine actually goes on with that.
Following through on my dream was truly the best thing I have done in my life! I am so glad I did it, however, I also do not feel done.
There are still a lot of places I haven’t seen yet, or didn’t get to spend enough time in. Plus, I met someone in Gran Canaria that I definitely want to see again. so, I’m actually leaving again. Wahoo! 🙂
Back in The USA
So, what have I been up to since completing my trip? I spent 3 weeks in Hawaii; 2 getting my 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher certification on the Big Island of Hawaii, a few days in Honolulu, and a few days in Kuaui to see an old friend from high school who was working there as a med tech for a few months.
After that, it felt great to spend some time in my condo and catch up with family, friends and ex co-workers. Thankfully, everyone is healthy and enjoying life.
I moved all my stuff out of storage and back into my condo. Fixed the damage from my tenant’s cats and tried to find a job as a substitute yoga teacher. I checked at a lot of yoga places, but didn’t get many calls to sub. It takes more time than I thought to work into places.
Since I knew I wasn’t back long term, I couldn’t work full time, but really wanted experience teaching. I learned about international ‘yoga trade’ opportunities, where you can exchange yoga teaching for room and board at resorts/hotels. yogatrade.com and yogatraveljobs.com are the two main sites I used.
They all have different requirements, like any job, so it was a lot of work updating my resume, creating profiles, and researching and bidding on opportunities.
My first choice was some surf/yoga places near Agidir, Morocco, but most required a 3 month minimum for the surf season. The first offer I received was a position at a resort in Medan, Indonesia, called Taman Simalem for the month of August, so I’m heading out that way. I plan to stop in Japan for a week first, as direct flights to Medan were more expensive.
Photo of Lake Toba from Tamana Simalem resort. Taken by a yoga teacher already there. Looks lovely!