I never really understood FOMO before I left on this trip and surprisingly 6 weeks in, I still don’t. I get that for some people it’s real but I have realised I don’t fall into this category.
Everyone here is doing and seeing such cool things but I am yet to feel like I am missing out on something because I know if I wanted to do it, I would make it happen. After leaving Prague for Belgrade I definitely felt like I had got what I wanted out of the city but at the same time I knew there were so many things I didn’t even touch on and I’m okay with that. I keep telling myself that if I don’t get a chance to go there or see that, it just means it is a sign from the gods that I will one day be back and can cross it off my list then.
Week one in each city is full of excitement and discovery. Finding out where to eat and what to do is a lot of fun. Belgrade is much less touristy than Prague and it’s actually quite nice to walk the streets and not be hit with hoards of selfie sticks and tour groups. I feel very relaxed here and I don’t know if it’s because it’s lovely and hot or because I don’t feel overwhelmed with a thousand and one things to do. I roughly have 4 weeks to make my way through the sites but to be honest there aren’t that many in Belgrade. Since starting RY I have become quite good at telling myself that there is no need to rush through my stay. I will get around to the underground tour of Belgrade and the 20th century walking tour and seeing the Fortress but not in week one. I want to enjoy the cities I live in and not feel pressured by having to do every single thing in the first 7 days.
Last night I came back from a 5 day London mini break and it was really nice to come back refreshed and see my friends. I spoke to them over the weekend and they filled me in on the happenings and what they were doing and weirdly not once did I feel like I was missing out on the fun they were having because I too was having my own. My sister asked me if I felt like I was missing out by being away and seeing all the pictures they were posting and hearing the stories and I said I wasn’t. I don’t know if that is good or bad but either way I really did enjoy being away for a few days.
I’m not going to burn myself out trying to do EVERYTHING in each city, that’s just silly. I will see all the things I want to see and if I don’t, so be it. There will be time, I will be back, that much I know and I can tackle part B of the list then.
Pictures (L to R)
Republic Square, Belgrade (basically on my door step) //
Miss Kelly Tappel and I at Hot Mess for 4th o’ July //
London fly over //
Mumford & Sons at Hyde Park, the reason for my London mini break //
View of the Danube River