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The Adventure Begins

Hong Kong Skyline

So life as contemporary nomads officially begins in Hong Kong. First stop Mirador Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, mecca for budget travelers. We spent our first two nights in Cosmic Guesthouse (booked from Germany) in what appeared to be a slightly spruced up prison cell with the craziest shower I have ever seen. It had 5 shower heads – like some kind of medieval torture device. Despite the amazing shower experience, we decided to switch to “Well Yet Hotel.” Still a small room, but much nicer and brighter – and, at $32 a night, the price is right in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

6 Hours in Qatar

We’ve got six hours in Qatar waiting for our onward flight to Hong Kong. With lots of confusion over whether or not we need visas to go into the city plus temperatures over 104 F (40 C), we decided to stay in the airport transit lounge food court, sip root beer floats, and people watch.

Experiencing the Local Culture

Goodbye Deutschland

This is it – our last day in Germany. We’ve been staying at Thomas’ parents’ house for the last week. Sepp, Thomas’ stepfather is a real Bavarian as you can see from the picture of his stein collection. Thomas’ family fattened us up for the trip. I’m really going to miss the weisswurst and Franziskaner weissbier (veal sausage and my favorite kind of beer.)

Real Bavaria

We even spent our last moments in the country at the Airbrau, the beer garden in the Munich airport. Only in Bavaria would people see you off at 11 AM with beer and pretzels.

Go West!

Moving day! We reserved a station wagon at Hertz but were upgraded to a small truck for the same price. This was great because I suddenly realized how much stuff we still had; anything smaller than a truck would have been useless.

Moving Out

During our six-hour trip south to Ulm, Tony was constantly complaining because I refused to take side trips up some mountain roads to see castles and old walled cities. For crying out loud, we were in a truck! Medieval towns were soon forgotten when my family welcomed us with a huge barbecue.

Leaving the Comforts of Home

The last box is packed and I’m looking around the now empty apartment. I’m going to miss this place which has been our home for the last four years. But I’m not the only one who’s sad – Tony is staring teary-eyed at the empty space where the TV used to be. Wouldn’t it make you weep to leave this comfortable place?

Old Berlin Living Room

Hunters and Gatherers

This morning the hunters and gatherers raided our apartment and pretty much cleaned us out. It’s amazing what people will buy if it’s piled in a heap (something my mother taught me.) It seems that people have a hunting instinct which is satisfied by discovering a hidden treasure. Who knew our old junk was so exciting?

The Countdown Begins

Welcome to ContemporaryNomad.com, everybody. This is the first official post on our blog – a stepping stone to our rather unpredictable, yet very exciting future. The countdown has begun. We have exactly one week to pack up and get ready for our departure from Berlin … and we are nowhere near ready!

My last day of work was Thursday, and Thomas’ was Friday. Solid employment is behind us now as we take the plunge into the unknown. We’re 21st century nomads now – nomads without horses or camels. Instead, we have backpacks and cameras and one seriously overdeveloped love of travel. But don’t worry about us, these nomads use their wits and creativity to survive, we won’t be grazing goats or herding yaks to survive… or will we? Oh my god, what have we gotten ourselves into ?!?