I don’t have anything insightful to write. Only I want to make sure I mark the date.
Today is January 17th. Actually, by the time I post this, it’ll technically be the 18th, which is Roman’s last day in the US. His last day of our epic journey.
After ten weeks and two days driving a rather lopsided oval through the United States of America, we’re back where we started – that is, my childhood home, staying at my parents’ house in Connecticut.
We’ve been here for coming up on two weeks now. When hit the road to head west back in the Fall, we were still fresh from our Southern Hemisphere adventures. Australia, New Zealand. Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Galapagos. What an awesome hemisphere!!
And exactly a year ago today, we were here in Connecticut as well, still reeling, trying to get our heads and hearts around the jam-packed 15 months of travel through fabulous Asia.
Two years ago today, we were in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we were trying – there as well – to get our heads and hearts around all we’d just experienced in our three months in India – the spectacular first stop of our grand odyssey.
Tomorrow, I’m driving Roman to the airport, where he’ll head to his first (my second) home – Switzerland – for the first time in 850 days. That’s well over two years since he left Zurich, since he’s seen his family and friends, since we’ve covered all this ground and since we’ve made a third home of the world in general. Why be a citizen of just one country when this whole planet has so much to offer?
That being said, I’ll follow him to Switzerland in a month or two and am lucky and grateful that we have a chance to try and make that particular corner of Earth home again.
Although at the moment, I can’t even imagine what that’s going to look like or feel like.
Mostly, I’m focusing on helping Roman pack and tomorrow’s coming goodbye and wondering what it’s going to be like for him to take those first steps in the Zurich airport, to see his mom and step-dad waiting for him, to smell that distinct, familiar and oh-so-comforting Swiss air as they drive away from the airport.
But when I stop and think about our huge road trip, about where we were a year ago, and two years ago, about all that we’ve seen and done, I do get rather bowled over by it all. Hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more articulate about it all at some point once I’ve been able to digest it a bit better.
For now though, I think it’s bedtime. There’s one more flight yet before the Journey’s over.
This is us on the balcony of our old apartment in Switzerland, the day I flew to India. Roman joined me there a few weeks later.
At a pooja in India
Zip lining in Thailand
Exploring ancient ruins in Myanmar
Bringing alms to a temple in Laos
Cambodian tuk tuk!
Trying to cheer up after my phone got stolen in Vietnam
Learning how to manage an unruly camel in China
Wreck diving in the Philippines
Carnival fun in Melbourne, Australia
Silliness on an Argentine bus
At the amazing Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia
We wore ourselves out hiking around Machu Picchu, Peru
Horsing around on a misty day in the Grand Canyon, USA