In 2010, my boyfriend and I embarked on a great adventure. Since the first week he and I met, we had dreamt of traveling the world. We had day-dreamed, talked about and saved for the possibility for years, and finally the point came that it was time to act.
We excused ourselves from the lives we’d built up in Switzerland; quitting our jobs, getting rid of apartment and car, saying goodbye to friends and family. We didn’t know what to expect and didn’t want to plan too far in advance. We knew that we would start in India and that we’d probably be gone for a year. The rest we would figure out along the way.
Two and a half years amazing years later, our journey came to an end – for now at least. I’ve always loved travel, but our experiences in the world may have turned an occasionally indulged passion into a raging addiction.
In those many months, we spent time exploring four continents. Visited 18 different countries (more for Roman, who did a bit more traveling while I ducked out to visit family). Spent time in massive cities and out in the country side, on top of mountains and under the water. Were astounded by feats of engineering and artistry, marvels of history, wonders of nature. Met lovely people and ate amazing food. Attempted to pick up a bit of Chinese (hard!!!!) and managed to become conversant – in the present tense at least – in basic Spanish. Traveled in trains, planes, automobiles, not to mention by bus, boat, rickshaw, tuk tuk, camper van, scooter and even on one occasion camel. And fell madly in love with the world.
Now the trip is over and we are starting a new adventure: a settled existence back in Switzerland, trying to find a way to integrate the experiences we had and things we learned on the road into our new life. And starting to save money again for the next trip.
During the course of our travels, I did my best to keep up with recording my experiences, but inevitably, I ended up way behind. It’s important for me personally to try and capture my memories in this on-line journal so that some day (perhaps in the not too distant future when the busy-ness of every day life starts to crowd the limited real estate in my brain) I can have these words and pictures as a way to remember and savour the world as I discovered it all over again.
So even though the trip is over, the blogging will continue. Maybe by the time I catch up on everything from this last great adventure, we’ll be ready to set off on our next trip.
Just for nostalgia’s sake, here’s the old “about” text from when we were still on the road…
Jennifer oh Jenny. I’m a girl on a dream trip with my dream guy. Sometimes life on the road is a dream. Sometimes it gets a bit challenging. Mostly though, I am incredibly grateful for and amazed at what we’re doing. We’re traveling for as long as our budget and our wanderlust will carry us. For a little bit more about the why, check the welcome post.
This blog is a space for me to record details of our trip for me to savor some day when I’m back home (where ever that may be – that’s a whole other topic) and to share what we’re up to with the people we love and anyone who happens to be interested in reading what I’ve got to say (i.e. probably just my mom! ). It’s also morphing into a bit of a repository for travel reviews and the too-many photos I am taking along the way.
Who ever you are and how ever you’ve found this page, welcome and thanks for visiting!
enjoying a sunset in Laos