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This blog is about us. We are two jolly characters, who radically changed their lives in February 2012 to become perpetual travelers – hence the overly original site name.

Perpetual travelers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomek (with slightly more facial hair) and Dasza (the other travel freak).

Tomek is 1) my hubby, 2) more to me than anything else in the world, 3) providing financial means for perpetual travel.

Which is where I come in. Apart from sunbathing, dress shopping and tea drinking, I will keep you updated on what our dream of an endless trip is really like.

This is one big experiment, dear reader, and although I will be writing this blog, frankly, I have no idea what I am doing.

 

My goal:

To keep you entertained and informed, bringing fancy, fascinating, funny stories from our travels, additionally to beautiful, bizarre, brilliant pictures of visited countries to your screen. I might be aiming for the stars here but I take great pleasure from walking on air!

 

Your part:

Read and enjoy. Ooh and aah over pictures. Travel along and relax.

Now you can seriously skip the rest and move on to travel reports of greater benefit (no guarantees) than the following.

 

This is the looooooong and sickly sweet story tale version of how we met:

Once upon a time in the late 70s, there were two children born in the Polish town called Szczecin. It’s a real tongue twister [ˈʂt​͡ʂɛt​͡ɕin] (listen).

The girl’s name was Dasza and the boy’s name was Tomek. They lived only one street apart (definitely by chance – not faith) and occasionally (may have) met at the same playground as toddlers, trying to get hold of each others possessions, oblivient to the opposite gender.

Times were tough. Toys were scarce. Food supplies were tight, shops a ghostly sight. It was the decade of worst winters and cold. Water stood frozen in washrooms, people wore scarfs and long woolen sweaters at home, coal burning chimneys puked black smoke into the sky.

The communist kingdom was harsh to its people, keeping everyone on a tight leash. No one was allowed to use words freely or travel without permission. People thought of better times, parents worried about the future of their children. Dasza’s dad lost his work for the possession of forbidden books. Power shortages dictated daily chores. Mum was learning by candle light to become a dedicated paediatrician.

One grey day a sunny change arrived. An invitation for Dasza’s mum from a land so close yet so far away, a country of freedom and wealth, locked behind two borders. Wealthy but in need of doctors. The parents stuffed up little Dasza’s overall with jewellery and precious greenbacks, left for the promised land of West Germany and were unable to return for a long time.

Many years later, the sorrow of the divided family was too great a burden. A journey to the home city of Szczecin was to be undertaken. Dasza had grown to be a fine maid and finally met her two gorgeous sister cousins of close age. The girls engaged in adventures celebrating their youth, one amusement following the other, until one day, in the midst of high school age innocence, Dasza met charming Tomek, who showed off intellectual genius along with desirable manly qualities.

On his eighteenth birthday Tomek invited everyone to celebrate by the romantic Baltic Sea. By the time the sun had set upon the soft sandy shores, Dasza and Tomek only had eyes for each other. They created their own world of affection to live happily ever after.

Ah, what an awful story. Told you to skip this.

 

Here is a more down to earth version:

In 1997, I got wasted, slept with a dude and we are still together. (Ladies, there is hope.)

Independent travel was a way to escape the watchful eyes of our parents.

In the beginning, traveling meant to undertake spontaneous trips, like hitch hiking to Denmark in the morning after a late night party. Ditching class to meet in Berlin, running out of money, begging for food and sleeping at the train station. Going to Sri Lanka and Thailand for months with hardly any cash, no credit cards, nor mobile phones.

But vacations follow rigid time frames, much the same as life’s commitments…

Dasza completed her degree in Manchester/England to work as a speech & language therapist in 2002. Having completed his economy and management studies in Szczecin and Amsterdam, Tomek graduated the same year, then worked as a self-taught Linux expert.

Eventually, Tomek turned his hobby into a profession and proposed to transform life into an everlasting vacation! I simply said ‘yes’ and all is bliss.

Right. The truth is, freelancing is taking up most of Tomek’s day – everyday. Blogging is a pro-bono job and for someone with no editorial qualities and a bilingual childhood, making English my third foreign language, a major challenge.

Having said that, I do love what I am creating on this blog and I truly hope you get something out of my rambles on me weblog.

Please let me know. Smiles, comments, likes and (a lot of positive) feedback is much appreciated! ❤

Hm, how should I end this post? Maybe:

If you managed to read to the end, congratulate yourself!

15 Comments

  1. I came across your blog while researching things to do in Tokyo as we’re visiting here for a few days as part of a round-the-world trip with our twin 13-year-old daughters.

    I really enjoyed reading it, and wish I had come across it earlier in our trip through Asia. Thanks for the travel tips from your blog. I really enjoyed reading, and it has inspired me to put some new posts on mine!

    • I am glad you enjoyed the Tokyo posts!So far, Tokyo is one of our favourite cities.It is incredibly family friendly, too!
      Your twins might be getting a bit too old for Hello Kitty Land but Odaiba (the artificial island in Tokyo) is one big adventure park for all.
      Happy travels in Asia!

  2. Hey, I just found your webpage and read about you guys. Your idea of perpetual travel sounds awesome. Congratulations for it.

    Thanks for sharing your world :D

    私の日本語 は まだ むすかしい でも ほんとうに ありがとう!!!

    • Not sure, if that makes any sense but コメントしてくれてありがとう, Ivan :)

  3. What a lovely story to read and how well written! And sorry for making use of Tomasz’ excellent Linux skills. Long live the perpetual journey!

    Regards
    Onno

    • Thanks Onno!
      No worries, I am glad he could help. Long live IT experts ;)

  4. Hey there. I stumbled upon your blog whilst surfing through google; imagine my surprise. You have a gift for writing, just the right blend of information and humour. Keep writing and sharing your journeys! It has very much inspired me to live more in the moment and to do what you love most with your life. It was great to be able to meet you and Tomek in Thailand.

    Cheers!

    • Thank you Jonathan, we had a lot of fun hanging out with you in Bangkok.

      Remember not to pawn your soul :)

      • No soul selling, just soul searching. Do let me know the next time you’re in Malaysia. I’ll show you around my part of the country. Till next time. :D

  5. Hello Tomek and Dasza for you wonderful website. I came here after researching Japan radiation levels / what type of Geiger counter to buy. Envisaged buying a constant recording device , and posting the results as I travelled around. Just as you have done !!.

    I have been looking at the SOEKS brand of dosimeters; what led you to decide on “Gamma Boy” :) ?

    rgds

    Stu

    • Hi Stu!
      We’ve decided to buy the Gamma Scout model as it had excellent reviews, was handy/small/light, the price was acceptable, and as we’ve ordered it online in Germany, it would still reach us on time in Poland before we left for our journey for good!
      Good luck with catching some sensational radiation ;)

  6. Great Blog. I came across the post on radioactivity in Japan and read the rest of the blog from there.

    Happy travels to both and good on you for taking on travel as part of your life styles.

    Cheers!

    • Thank you!
      We will see how our personal travel utopia unravels and keep you updated :)

  7. Dear Dasza and Tomasz

    I want to say you Congratulations!

    Your ptraveler.com is very nice. The photos are very good and I love the content.

    I’ll follow.

    I wish all the best

    Olga from Málaga

    • Hello Olga,
      I am happy you like the photos and posts.
      We had a great time in Malaga and hope to return one day to Spain. Maybe right after we have reached our goal to visit 99 countries (we are already half way through) :)
      Cheers!

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