Coming Full Circle

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The time is here.  Time to go. 

The final settling of everything.  Storage items are stored.  Travel bags are packed.  House is finally clean (dust bunnies under the beds are gone and in the corner cupboards spotless).  But goodbyes continue to be said...

These last 2 years have been such a small and unique chapter in our lives.  So much has happened, it really feels like it should be much, much longer.  Yet at the same time it feels as if it has gone in a flash. 

Arriving on the train and emerging to see the beauty of the old town for the first time and shaking my head thinking: 'I'm living HERE!'.  Changes into rushing around running errands, dodging tourists and not even noticing the architecture
I remember searching out and starting a new job, not sure of anything.  Now finishing my last day feeling like it's a 2nd home. 

Nervous smiles passed on the street have turned into close friendships.

We moved into a furnished flat, but slowly acquired a few additional pieces to suit my style of cooking.  Now over the last few weeks they have gone one by one and I'm back trying to cook without baking sheets or spices.

I've been busy planning out the use of all our food.  At one point we had a 2nd freezer to keep all of our provisions, but now we're down to the last UFO (un-identified frozen object). 

We've divided up our clothing into 3 distinct piles:  going back to Canada, travel, bin/donate.  Everything must be accounted for. 

The sun broke through the other day and we went for a lovely autumn walk around the village and countryside.  I remember the first time we took this walk together.  We had been apart for 3 months while Brian was in Ratho and I stayed in Oakville to settle Visas and re-pack our belongings (which had only been unpacked 6 months earlier).  He was so excited to take me to all the wonderful places around:  the Pictish carved stones at the top of the hill, the climbing centre, the canal, Platt Hill, and of course, the Bridge Inn.  Where I once looked with wide eyes of curiosity, I now glance with familiarity. 

There is so much that we'll miss.  You'd think that 2 people who have moved about as much as we have, wouldn't have such difficulty.  I do enjoy new adventures, but endings are still a bit sad.

I must get motivated - we fly in less than 2 days!  Here are a few inspirational quotes to kick me out of this emotional revelry:

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" -- Albert Einstein

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

But yet, the one that seems to sum things up most right now must be said by Rabbie Burns:

"And fare thee weel, my only love.
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my love,
Though it were ten thousand mile.”

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