During our trip to the South, we managed to outrun two hurricanes, survive the public medical system in Louisiana, and celebrate my birthday.
But don’t worry, everyone is okay. We left Louisiana before hurricane Gustav hit, the surgery for the family member was planned and successful, hurricane Ike never made it to Austin, and birthdays are just an excuse to have a party.
Frequently asked questions
Over the last six months we have traveled the world, met some amazing people and experienced events that have forever changed our perceptions. Since we have returned, there are some questions we are asked on a regular basis, so I thought it would be a good idea to summarize them below:
What were some of your favorite countries?
We loved all of them in their own way, but if we have to narrow them down, they include: New Zealand for its beauty; Japan for its culture; India for its energy.
What were some of your most memorable experiences?
Hiking the Great Wall of China; seeing the Himalayas, Mt. Everest and the Taj Mahal in one day; surfing at Bondi Beach in Australia; being amazed at New Zealand’s beauty atop a mountain glacier; getting chills in Normandy; feeling the energy and determination in India; getting too close to wildlife in South Africa; being French for a summer; adjusting to everyday life.
What was the grossest thing you ate?
Not sure what it was, but it was in Japan with ugly tentacles.
Would you have done anything differently?
Yes. Planned the trip to be a year.
Do you and Eric still like each other?
Yes, very much so. Being together every day for months at a time will do one of two things: break you apart or bring you closer. Luckily, the latter applies to us.
What were some of the greatest lessons learned?
Human nature trumps cultural differences and we are all more alike than different; people are fascinating; it’s okay to relax and breathe; we are more wasteful than I ever realized; always have a good map; Subway,7-11 and McDonald’s are truly global; it is easy to take things for granted — even traveling; no matter where you go, you still want to share it with your friends and family.
We’re back. Now what?
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Before we left we thought we might have an epiphany and return with clarity about the meaning of life. We thought we would want to join the Peace Corps or something. But, that’s not the case. We are still the same people with some of the same questions. But we can say we are more at peace with just being. We take more time to appreciate people and their stories. We also have different perspectives on many things, especially when it comes to international relations and our views about the United States.
As for work, I do not want to go right back into corporate America. Although, I am not going to do a complete left turn because I do like what I do for a living. I am going to venture out on my own and be a marketing consultant. Freelancing will be a new challenge and help us save up for the next trip As for Eric, he’s in the same business and working on some exciting projects. Together, I think we’ll be fine.
We are sad our journey has come to an end. But, we are grateful we had the opportunity to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. We will miss sharing our stories with you. We appreciated and looked forward to your emails, comments and encouragement we received along the way. We are thankful to have had you travel along with us.
We are certain we will continue to travel. It may not be six months at a time, but you never know.
Accommodations: Various friends and family
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Sites/activities: Survived the public health system in Louisiana; painted porches; visited plantations along the Cane River; celebrated my birthday; BBQ’d Texas style; discovered Frisbee Golf; played Wii for the first time; continued our vacation with friends and family; returned back to NYC
Notable meals: Grandmother’s home cooking; Tex-mex in Austin