How I ended up in Slovakia

I guess this next story is about how plans don’t always go the way they were supposed to go. That being said, I am still having the time of my life and still feel like everything happens for a reason and I am in Slovakia right now for a specific reason and feel like it was meant to be.

So I left you guys off on my last update where I was posting an update from my 24 hour bus ride to Budapest. Not a problem in the world no issues insight. 7 hours into the bus ride I look at my watch and noticed we were 1 hour behind schedule. I look up and start thinking to myself that is strange I have a transfer that leaves 40 minutes after this bus is supposed to arrive in Bologna, where ever that is. You see I bought this ticket through Baltour and they set up both buses for me so I get off one and go onto another one of their buses. Confused, I get up and walk up to the driver and say hey I have a transfer from you guys and if we are an hour behind schedule that bus will leave. He responds saying no don’t worry they always wait. Well that’s great because …”plans always go the way they are supposed to”. I responded saying no that’s not how it works can you call them and tell them to wait. This time they, yes there are two drivers one actually driving and another resting, both look at me and again say no you are fine they always wait. Obviously I was getting nowhere with these clowns. So I go back and sit down in my seat. We get to the station an hour late. I get off and say ok so where is my bus Mr. “They always wait”. After a long pause he responds it appears it left without you. Faaaaaaantastic!

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The Amalfi Coast

I look out over the sunset on my final day on the Amalfi coast and am at complete peace. I see the Capri island out in the distance, I see Sorento out next to the island, I see flashes of memories that will last a lifetime from this coast of Italy. I was meant to be here, on this mountain top watching this sunset tonight. Every moment that led up to this final day happened for reason and I could not be happier. In life you are given choices. These choices end up defining who you are as a person. If you don’t take time finding out who you are then these choices tend to get made up for you. People tend to go through the motions of what they should do instead of what they want to do. Im not going to sit here and convince anyone to take risks and do what makes them happy in life. I am just going to be an example of what it is like when you make the choices in life that you want to do. If you want something bad enough it will happen so don’t doubt yourself. You will end up taking the risks needed if you truly want it bad enough. I saw a photo of the Amalfi coast and wanted to be there so bad that i figured out how to get myself there.

There is one experience on the Amalfi coast that I will never forget. Paese Furore. Paese Furore is a beach that has a massive 100 foot bridge over the water next to the beach. Here is a photo I took of Paese Furore on the mountain top behind the beach.

When I got there I knew within just a few seconds that I wanted to jump the bridge. The highest I had cliff jumped before was about 40 feet. This was more than double that. At this height I have bungee jumped over water before. I spark up a quick conversation with some locals at the bottom and ask them if they can record me jumping the bridge. They look at me in shock that I even considered it. After reassuring them that I was serious I gave them my phone to start recording on Snapchat. As I walk up the staircase to the top of the bridge a girl realizes what I am doing and says you can’t break the water from that height. I don’t respond and continue up. I get to the very top and look down into the water below and the people look like tiny ants. After a few seconds I take a few steps back and take a moment to myself. In my head I know that the second I put my body over the guard rail I have to be 100% committed. Choices. My next choice defines who I am as a person. I put one leg over the guard rail. Then the other. I am now ready to step off. In the distance I can hear people screaming. I don’t hesitate. I simply take a deep breath and step off. Before I know it I am swimming up to the surface of the water. I reach the surface and throw one fist up in the air and scream with joy. All of a sudden I hear everyone on the beach cheering and clapping. This is the craziest thing I have done so far in my life and I will always look back on this and smile.

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