There and Back Again
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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First we were going 'there' and now we are 'back again'.
'There' is anywhere that is not 'here'. Just the fact that it is not 'here' gives a place an element of mystique, exoticism and fantasy - completely and utterly desirabile. However, once you get 'there', the people you meet from 'there' feel the same way about your 'here'. So I'm trying to look at coming 'back again' as a positive - a new place to explore.
When you're away, you're always venturing, looking forward, and being continually challenged. But then you're 'back again' and all that stops. Things are familiar and easy. Travel changes you, and then you return to a place where it feels that nothing has changed. You're instantly BACK and what you saw fades into distant memories with your first good sleep. It's almost a dream that never happened. Yet part of you knows that it DID happen and you have changed. Over the next few weeks you will notice things in yourself that don't quite fit into the 'old routine' like they used to. You will try out some new things to help re-kindle the memories: cooking a new recipe, printing some photos, glancing back at your journal. These are mostly private activities because the most frustrating thing about returning is that some people don't seem to care that much about what you've just done - they're just glad you're BACK safely. This can be hard to take, as all you want to do is talk about what you've seen and done. But it's not their fault - they really do care. They may ask you in depth questions like: 'what was your favourite country?'. Try as they might, they can't really get into the topic because they've never travelled there. Best to find some travelling friends if you need to talk. Everyone else will get bored looking at photos that really only have significance to you. Just as you might be bored hearing about the daily activities they did while you were away. Soon your conversations about travel evolve to: 'yeah, I've been there'.
But isn't that a wonderful thing to be able to say? For those of us who are true travellers, we long to say that statement more and more. 'I've been THERE, and I've been THERE!' as we dutifully stick pins into our wall map.
Yes, so now we've been a few more places around the globe, but the more you travel the more you want to see. Wanderlust can never be completely fulfilled. We will always dream of going places, and yes, we will always come back again. Life is a circle that goes round and round. You can travel all the way to the south pole, but soon you start to travel north again. East and west get mixed up somewhere in the middle and even time and dates lose their significance. The best thing to do is to simply live in the moment wherever you are and make the best of the life you have to live!
My husband always says that they only thing you really have in life is your experiences. These can be made anywhere as long as you are present - whether 'here' or 'there'.