Chapter 9 – Pause for Reflection
Chapter 9 – pause for reflection
We are sitting on a white veranda porch sipping a glass of Pinot Noir overlooking the Marlborough Sound (South NZ). We started reflecting on what we have seen, done, learned, and thought about the most, over the past several months.
Here are some of things that bubbled to the top:
- We are spending at a faster rate than expected and seriously considering the potential social media crowd source options…something like…”middle-aged couple trying to find themselves travelling around the world are quickly running out of money and are still lost….please support their personal self-exploration…denominations of $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 welcomed and appreciated”!!…Barring this type of request going viral, we will be back home in Canada in June as the CRA and Bank will no doubt be missing us! Hee hee
- After travelling for several months, we now think of ourselves as “travelers” instead of “tourists”
- The most common conversations with people we have met around the world have been about Trump and BreExit. With the exception of one U.S. couple, everyone is shocked and concerned about this new President (American tourists were the most worried and embarrassed). BreExit is regarded, by most, as a HUGE mistake (regardless of age), other than a few elderly English couples, who believe it is the right decision “back to the “good ole days”.
- In conversations about Canada, Justin Trudeau was always talked about very positively. (Not only his looks but his views and beliefs!)
- Conversations with people under the age of 30 (and there were lots) was very much about globalization – they don’t want to be held down by the past (their parents’ world) – and want to move forward into a much more open and transparent world – they are our future and it looks great
- Our food journey has been amazing and wonderful — we have eaten so many different types of food we didn’t even know existed
- We have seen and experienced so many beautiful places that Fran’s #1 over used word is “crazy” and Steve’s is “amazing”!
- The world is huge and there is so much to see and do
- We both thought we were fairly open-minded, however, as we travel from country to country and have conversations with so many people, our perspectives and understandings are expanding and we find we are more tolerant
- We are learning more than we can keep in our heads (could have something to do with the beer and wine)
- Although people are different in each country we visit – they fundamental care about each other, they want to live in a peaceful world, and want to be happy
- Travelling life savers; compression packing bags, replacing clothes every couple of months, a travel agent that is on the ball (thanks Anne and Kyle), patience and staying positive
- Every airport in every country has a different security clearance and customs entrance process
- For the first time in our relationship we are talking about things other than work and we are falling in love all over again
- What we are doing is not “escapism” but “our reality”
- Murphy’s Global Law “regardless of what country you are in — a slow car in front of you approaching a passing lane will always speed up making it difficult if not impossible for you to pass”
- We know we will remember the people we met more than the sites we have seen and things we have done. Every day without exception has been filled with smiles and laughter.
Here are a couple of stats on our travels to date (pre-New Zealand)
Km walked: 760
Stairs climbed: 1,160
Countries visited: 13
Cities/towns/villages visited: 40
Hotels/B&B’s stayed in: 32
Beer and wine tasted: too many to count
Lbs put on and taken off: constant – with more staying on that being shed:-(
SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALONG OUR WALK-ABOUT
Making it So!
Fran and Steve