A lot has happened in a short amount of time. We lived a lifetime of adventures in 5 short months. We really did it. We travelled 66,000 miles, circled the globe completely and tasted bits of culture from Southeast Asia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Europe and South Africa. We may have hit our highest highs and our lowest lows. In the end I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
At this point I could easily keep going. But it is time to return to our home. For a period of time we had no home. Any where we were was home. It is amazing to see how you learn to adapt. Soon, any random flat in a city in Europe was our home and it felt like it. Walking through the door and entering gave you the same, Ahhh, I’m home as your “real” home. Strange how you can adapt so quickly. The food became more interesting as time went on and I grew to savor every opportunity to eat like a local, as I could sense it was ending soon. There were still moments when you wanted to taste that familiar taste of home, but they became less important instead of more important as time went on. When we started, pillows and beds seemed important. “I like a flat pillow”. Now, any pillow will do. We can sleep anywhere.
I’m not sure we ever fully adapted to squat toilets.
As we are on the plane home, I think I should be craving something familiar. I should be dying for something, but I’m not. I’m not sure what to think of this as it seems I should. When in France, we had to have a baguette fresh every day. When we left France, we craved a baguette. In South Africa, the nightly braai was a treat. We have learned to rapidly adapt to our surroundings and play the best hand we are dealt. No since in complaining about why their ketchup doesn’t taste like ours at home. Use mayonnaise like they do instead!
I’m worried about feeling depressed at the end of such an epic journey. Will normal life be sustaining? Will we long for the days when we had the world to explore and dreams were being fulfilled?
I’m thankful and proud that we actually pulled this thing off. I watched La La Land and the movie was an amazing work of art that spoke to this moment. We dreamed and yes we could have failed, yes we had setbacks, yes we had fights and yes we had exhilaration and adventure. We executed the plan that we dreamed of for years. A family adventure rarely rivaled that will provide us common ground for the rest of our lives as a family. – Chris