There and Back Again

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

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What a title for travel reflections!  Even if we hadn't just been in New Zealand and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films weren't such a big thing, it's still completely appropriate. 

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'. 

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Dave & Lynn on

Welcome back!! We enjoyed travelling with you. Stop in anytime to talk about your trip--we are travelholics and love sharing the adventure!!

Terri on

It was wonderful to share in your travels and I was fascinated to hear anything and everything you could share - and would be fascinated to hear more, so how about a book - illustrated with your fabulous photographs? :) x

Tony on

Hi de hi, we can identify with a lot of that, LOL! As to the photos, well we have not printed any off in the normal way. I am putting together a number of hard cover books, about 30x30cm, 50 pages, each one focused on a different part of our journey. Goodness knows how many I will end up with, it is a big project to cover 21 months, LOL. One for China (did you see that in Dunedin??) and just got the Turkey book back, and now to work on the Greek Islands and Mallorca... Good winter project, eh. They are far better than an album, if my opinion counts for anything.

Fay on

I didn't get the wanderlust gene, or any of it's sister genes. But I'm very interested in people and cultures. Thank you so, so much for doing the blog. It meant a lot for me. Somehow, following your experiences, I've been able to gather some of you wander'dust', from my home without ever leaving my little mountain town

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