We had a couple of travel days, and I was able to sit and think about where we are at (mentally, physically, etc), and how we’re feeling after almost 4 months of travel. (Sorry if any of this is repeated from before; I’m too tired to go back through what I’ve already written in previous posts). In terms of travel, September was good… I think mentally we were still doing good as well, although it did take some time to remember my parents weren’t with us anymore. (We would wake up in the morning, and start to say “let’s go check in with Grandma and Papa about plans for today,” and then remember they were on their way home 😉 ) We put some serious kilometres on our rental cars as we drove up and around and back down the UK (which we fell in LOVE with), and then over in France, Holland, and Germany. We also hung out with some pretty sweet people….I really can’t tell you how nice it is to see a familiar face in unfamiliar territory. We really do have the bestest friends in the world, and never imagined we would meet up with so many peeps from home and have so much fun with new friends over here as well. It all just adds to the experience. As I mentioned previously, we met up with our good buddies Josh and Kash for the month of October. Soooooo nice to have a WHOLE month with these guys, and to explore new places and make some more memories around the world. Mid-October I was starting to feel the homesickness a little; nothing crazy, but I think it may be because hockey is starting (recreational for the boys), and fall is one of our favourite months with hiking, fairs, Hallowe’en (HUGE in our neighbourhood), and Thanksgiving. Anyways, not crazy homesickness, but definitely missing the things going on at home. Having our BFFs along has definitely helped 😉 And all the notes/email/texts/ phone calls, from all you wonderful peeps at home. It’s been a good month so far. The boys are still doing good: We are still having lots of dialogue with them, and they are both doing well, and happy to keep trekking….a little tired of seeing tourist sights, so we are trying to find the balance between too much, and too little. Down days, and parks are still a big deal for them, so we are doing our best to do a little of both.
Anyways, to sum up travel so far, it feels like a dichotomy of sorts. It’s not “this is better than this;” It’s seeing how “this is different than this.” We are really making an effort not to be the judgemental type, and recognize that we are the foreigners here; one of the main reasons for doing this year off was to help the boys see how there are SO many other ways of living and doing things…..it’s seeing how different cultures do things, and that our way of doing something is not the only way. It’s learning new ways to live, but it’s also sometimes missing how you do it at home. It’s not saying “I do it this way,” it’s asking “how do you do this?” It’s being overwhelmed by grocery stores you aren’t used to, but then having your kid pull your hand and lead you down an aisle to show you some cool food he found, and finding some of your own new favourite foods along the way. It’s being tired of packing up and moving all the time, but then getting on that bus/ferry/train and relaxing and smiling as you take in some of the most fantastic scenery you have only seen in pictures or on TV before this trip, and dream about the next place you are heading to. It’s being so tired of planning and figuring out the next bus/hotel/airbnb, but also being so excited to plan where you are going next, and reading about all the things to experience there (seriously, it’s a love/hate relationship with the planning…lol. I LOVE researching, but there are days I just wish we could show up and have it all planned out for us 😉 ) It’s having an idea about a place you are going, but then getting there and finding it’s completely different than what you were expecting (as I told Kasia, just don’t have any expectations…) haha. We are enjoying it. And we are learning so much about this big old world.
I hope this all makes sense…. We are loving this trip, and know we are so lucky to be on it. Seriously. We are almost a third of the way through, which in itself is crazy to me. So on that note, Happy Hallowe’en everyone. Hope you are enjoying the fall, wherever in the world you happen to be 🙂