Grateful: An Ode to Home
There was always supposed to be an early intermission in our year of travel. Our friend Brigette was getting married in July and we wouldn’t miss it for the world (literally). So we joked that our three months in South America was our starter trip, a trial run for the rest of the world and the next 10 months or so when we won’t get a chance to come home. We learned what things we could leave at home and what would be handy to bring. Nellu’s bag is at least 10 lbs lighter on this go around. Mine is exactly the same.
But I worried about how long we’d spend in the states. We flew home from South America on July 1st, the wedding was on July 9th and we still had to get a number of visas, book our flights, and work out a basic itinerary. I was nervous that we’d lose momentum and I was concerned about my ability to live peacefully in my parents house for any length of time.
Turns out, as with most of my worrying, it was all in vain. The month we spent back in the states, I was the most content I had been in a really long time. In fact, I got maybe a little too comfortable settling right into my parent’s routine. (Mom and Dad, I caught up on a few back episodes of the Mentalist on the plane!)
I never fully appreciated it all when we lived in New York and you might be too in the weeds to realize it yourself. But watching our friends and family over the last few weeks building a home, building a family, building a life – well that’s just a beautiful thing.
On the Road Again
But you know, all this fresh perspective doesn’t just happen by itself without a little agitation. So we’ve hit the road again to finish our trek across the globe.
Here’s our basic itinerary for the next 10 months or so:
August: China (We flew into Hong Kong)
September: India (We fly into Delhi)
October (first three weeks): Thailand, Cambodia, Laos
October (fourth week) November (first week): Japan
November/December until the 21st: Australia/New Zealand
December 21st through Week 1 January: South Africa
January to February 1: African safari! Yes there will be a lot of sleeping in tents and hopefully a lot of animals.
February 10th or so: Dubai
February 17th or so: Israel and Egypt
March 9th or so: We fly into Madrid hit up Morocco and then do the rest of Europe until around May 31st or so, which is when we are scheduled to fly home.
If you would like to join us on any leg of this adventure, let us know and we’ll make sure to get there on time. If you have any friends living abroad that we could borrow for a drink or two, we’d love to visit them.