From here to God knows where.

The Decision

A 56-year-old Irish single man. Currently unemployed.  Dwindling savings and ten years to retirement. Living in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

Not that living in Las Palmas is that bad. I just had breakfast on Las Canteras beach. A Tortilla and Cheese sandwich. Fresh orange juice and a coffee for 2.70 Euro.

The last time I was back in my hometown of Cork City I had gone into a bar to use their Wifi. I had a coffee. On my way out I left 2.50 on the counter as I said my goodbyes. Come back shouted a voice. I need another 40 cents the lady politely explained. I thought I had left 50 cents tip.

So here I am. For months now I have been moving to a decision. Another one of life’s many turning points. My God, there have been many. I do think everyone has turning points in their lives. Many people never notice these critical times in life’s journey. Looking back I have had many turning points. Some I was aware of but looking back most passed me by.

Opportunities lost I am sure.

There have been many ups and downs. Some incredible lows and great days also.

From coming to terms late in life with being gay. Years of compulsive gambling. Periods of my life of deep depression. Leaving school at 16. Doing jobs, I was not good at or disliked intensely. Digging holes for Murphys on the hell that is the M25 motorway around London. Having to end a business.

Deciding to go back to education in my early 30s. Working for Sheraton Hotels. Getting picked up at the Airport by limousine in the places such as Dubai to be taken to work and stay in some of the worlds best Hotels. Seeing amazing places and meeting some great people. Starting a business.

It has been over a year now since I ended involvement with my business. It is time to complete the grieving period. Journeys over the last year to Thailand. Laos. Vietnam. Cambodia. Cuba. Romania. Bulgaria and Turkey have helped soften the grieving process.

Ok, I have learnt how to grieve a lot better than before.

So what is the next step?

It is apparent to me now what I need to do. Live One Year in Sofia Bulgaria. Why Sofia? I visited Sofia last month for a few days, and I liked it. Ok, three days is not a year, but that is where the adventure comes into it.

So I have decided to write a regular blog on my time in Sofia. I have no idea how it will turn out. I do not know anyone there. Then again I did not know anyone when I arrived in Las Palmas.

The blog will be a bit about my personal life. A look back. Day to day experiences in Bulgaria. Travel tips if anyone needs advice. Many ups and downs I am sure.

It will be a bit different from most other blogs.

I will not be doing any whitewater rafting. Parashutting from a plane or sailing across the black sea on a fridge. If I am in a fight with some Bulgarian bears, I will be after taking a wrong turn in the woods. Or I am drunk. But I am sure there will be some adventures along the way.

I always seem to think my life has been boring. Looking back maybe it was not as dull as I thought. I have made quick rash decisions before. Six years ago I went to California to see a guy I had never met before. He had said he was a billionaire and had an Olympic size swimming pool. He was only a millionaire, and it was just a regular swimming pool. Just proves even rich people feel the need to bullshit.

I did do better than my Dublin friend Gary. His American friend said he was the boss of a big company and had a monkey in his house. He was a house painter, and there was no monkey. Funny thing is Gary as I did not care if they were rich. But he was very disappointed there was no monkey.

So a lot needs to be done before I leave Las Palmas. I need to find a place to live. Book flights. Settle some business here.

Deciding to write a blog was not a straightforward decision for me. I can be a very private person. I also have a big mouth. Hopefully, a meeting in the middle with happen. I intend to post regularly. If you are interested in sharing my journey, you are most welcome. My story is just that. A life’s journey. I would love to hear your comments, but I am not getting into any arguments. There has been enough of those.

Join me on my journey. 

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Comments (12):

  1. Petra Edenström

    July 2, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Lovely start! Looking forward to reading more.. all the best wishes Pat! ( I might even get inspired ;)).

  2. Petra Edenström

    July 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Lovely start and I’ll be following your new adventure with great interest!

  3. Annerosegould

    July 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Big mouth you have alright, ha ha. Can’t wait to read about your life in Bulgaria, xx

  4. Stephen Rego

    July 2, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

    The engaging introduction to your blog has set the tone for what I am sure will become the account of your continuing self-discovery through new place(s), people and experiences. Godspeed, my friend.

  5. Edward Kelly

    July 3, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Well done Pat and I loved your introduction, very honest and inspiring already. I was in Romania and Hungary before but never Sofia so be interesting to see what you think overall Best of luck with it

  6. Claire

    July 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Best of luck with it Pat

  7. Nicki

    July 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Looking forward to reading about your journey 🙂 Best of luck and well done 😀


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