After arriving back to the states, we did a fare bit of visiting. We went to NY for a week, we went to Arizona for two weeks. Okay, a little more for me at three weeks. Then we returned home: Home Home.
WS beat me home, and tried to convey the weirdness. A week later, I experienced it for myself. Everything I needed to make a meal was right in my kitchen. My tap provided potable water. If what I needed was not in my kitchen, I got in the car and got it. I had a closet full of clothes, and when they were dirty , I washed them in my washing machine. I called friends on my cell phone, and visited friends for the first time in a long time. I met babies that were not born when I left, and kids who no longer remember me.
Then I started to process my surroundings more. I realized just how many clothes I had. And stuff. Stuff everyhwere. After living out of a backpack for 18 months, the amount of stuff in our home was overwhelming. We began to purge like mad. Donations made, items distributed, trash recycled. Check. Check. Check. The stuff had to go, for us to start fresh again. A simplier house made us relax more, and feel more in tune from where we were before to where we are now.
So now what? At the time, the travel bug has calmed. I don’t think it is gone by any means, in fact, I almost feel like a trip like this makes it worse. I saw 26 countries, but there are so many places I have not seen. Facebook says I saw 11% of the world. Didn’t I see more?! Well then, I gotta fix that! I am missing a continent! I am missing one of the Wonders of the World! China! Russia! Eastern Europe! Ahhh!!!
But for now, we are going to go local. Next week we are flying back to New York for WS’s sister’s wedding. Then we are going on a road trip. Not long, nothing special, but a bit of a last hurrah before we begin looking for jobs and really settle in from this wandering adventure.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
Check out our photos from the trip here so you do not have to sit through our slide show.