Dublin, Scotland and England

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2006

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Friday, May 19, 2006

***Please read our entry all the way to the end-- our new contact info is listed below***

Hello family and friends! It has taken us considerable time to break away from our recent activities in order to tell you about our journey's conclusion. Admittedly, our travel excitement and euphoria has somewhat dissipated now that we have been back for the last two and a half months, bogged down with job searches, relocation, and the daily hassles of routine. Several years ago, we calculated that the unique opportunity to seize on our unencumbered position and leave life's demands behind for a year-long adventure was well worth the expense. Now that we fight through our daily preoccupations to relay our journey's final chapter, we have come to appreciate our decision and good fortune even more!

Two and a half months ago, we were excited to recount our adventures in Dublin, where the Euro economy and the waves of Eastern European immigrants were just as fascinating as the pub fare and Guiness; we were growing weary of full English breakfasts and fresh off our tours of Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands, whiskey distilleries, the Yorkshire dales where we embarked on a Wrathall ancestry search, and Devonshire where we rested before the final madness in London.

Now we will let our pictures speak to some of these experiences and await our next encounter to give you may other details in person. We feel more compelled right now to let you know that we've appreciated your reading our journals, your encouragement and companionship through our travels, and as we start a new chapter in our lives, we sincerely hope to stay in touch so that we may stay current with your great journeys through life!

As many of you savvy travelers know, any journey is more rewarding and memorable with friends to visit, who can lighted your burdensome baggage and provide you with accomodations and local insight. Sometimes, new friendships and acquaintances are forged while traveling a common route, providing you with new footing to share your experiences and test your assumptions. In addition, no significant endeavor is possible without technical assistance and support behind the scenes and at home. We both would like to send our gratitude to the following groups and individuals who made our trip especially meaningful (please forgive us if you've helped us along the way, and we've left you out- our crazy minds can only remember so much at this point!):

-The Orient Odyssey China tour in September, 2005 (Groups A and B), for keeping us company on countless buses, boats, and airplanes

-Oliver and Allison Bajracharya and family for allowing us to share in their Nepalese wedding celebration

-Bao Nguyen, for giving us an insider's perspective into Saigon, taking us bowling, and explaining the "dual cell phone" scooter girls (you'll have to email us for more info!)

-Active New Zealand Rimu tour, for making us laugh to this day

-Explore Egypt tour, for teaching us some cool British jargon

-The Spano family in Avigliana, for sharing their house and machina, making our Winter Olympic stay outside Turin an unforgettable experience

-Nathan Slezak, for giving us a whirlwind historical tour of Prague

-The Caruso family in Sambuca di Sicilia, for making us feel like long-lost relatives

-Lexi (Cheryl's sister), for tolerating our bickering and white-knuckle driving for two weeks in Italy before hauling our winter clothes back home

-The Williams family, for letting us stay with them while taking care of three little ones

-Francoise and Jacki, for treating us to wine and cheese outside Lyon while testing our French verbal skills

-Patricia and Charlie Beckstrom, whose hospitality made it difficult for us to leave their home in Madrid

-Seb and Ariane Frimont, for showing us the serenity of their French countryside and then trusting that we would return their car in one piece from Normandy

-Fabien Frimont, for letting us crash at his place in Paris in the midst of a move

-Billy and Juan Perez, energetic brothers in London, for taking luggage off our hands for a while and treating us to a grand city tour

-Marcus Hagegard, for giving us a VIP tour of Stockholm and for tolerating our imposition while shouldering his share of the Swedish economy

-Richard and Jean Bland, friends from our Egypt tour who introduced us to the charm of Lympstone and Devon

-Oliver and Maria Rey-Beckstrom, for helping us to the finish line in London

-Everyone who read our entries, for keeping us motivated and lifting our spirits when doubt crept into our minds!

-And our families for providing us with support back home, with a special thank you to Reza's mom-- without her administrative help, we would not have been able to travel for as long as we did!

As a last note, who knew that one of our greatest adventures was waiting for us at home! After a hectic job search for both of us, we had lined up a place to live in San Diego, reserved a moving company, and were all set to go when plans changed. On August 1st, we were due to move in, with the moving truck on its way to Reza's parent's house up north to pick up our things. Meanwhile, Cheryl's parents in San Diego went to check out the new place as were we busy packing up north in Watsonville. That morning, they were greeted with a huge leak and a flood of water, and we had to madly scramble to divert our furniture to storage and find a new place to live with less than a week until we started our new jobs. Fortunately, we were able to have things (relatively!) under control before starting work. After spending 10 months together every day, Reza has decided he needed a little break, and packed up for Washington, D.C.- OK, not really, but he did find a job in defense contracting in San Diego that required three months of training in D.C. Meanwhile, Cheryl has started her new job as a cancer genetic counselor, and is continuing to unpack boxes! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Here's our new contact information:

Cheryl & Reza
4011 Backshore Court
Carlsbad, CA 92010


858-353-4394 (Cheryl's cell)
858-353-4391 (Reza's cell)
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