2012. Jess and I awake to a familiar sight, it is snowing! And not just lightly snowing either, but huge fluffy snowflakes that white-out the sky. This can't be Europe...no, it’s Calgary, Alberta! We’re home!! A bitter-sweet experience indeed. 162 nights ago, Jess and I set off on an adventure of a lifetime! It started late at night in Bucharest, Romania, and continued on a path through 15 countries and 2 continents. We spent the night at 29 hostels, 23 couch surfing homes, 2 bed and breakfasts, 2 hotels, on 1 ferry, and on 1 bus. Every day we saw new things, tried new things, and walked different places, but yet, we only skimmed the surface of Europe’s wonders. We were so fortunate to have met the people we did, amazing people with hearts of gold. We saw some spectacular wonders, both natural and man-made. We now have stamps on our passports for entering and exiting the European Union by plane, train, and boat. We travelled in Europe and Morocco by just about every way possible. I have never done so much walking in my life! We learned so much, not only about a different part of the World we live in, but about how we function as a couple in many different situations. It is no easy test of a marriage to be with the same person 24/7 for over 5 months straight, but the knowledge and life experience gained by being put in so many unique and unfamiliar situations is priceless. The trip just wouldn’t have been the same if I didn’t get to spend it with the love of my life. And, without her diligent accommodation and travel planning, I’m sure we wouldn’t have seen as many amazing things as we did. Also, thank you to my Mutti, father, uncle Gord, and Jocelyn for all the work they did looking after our place while we were gone. Thank you to auntie Laurie for booking our flights with such good deals and all the research you put into helping us plan. Thank you to my in-laws for storing our vehicles, and bringing one back for us when we came home. And finally, thank you to everyone for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Someone was definitely watching over us on many occasions on our trip. We hope you enjoyed following our "Lives In Motion." We can’t wait to share more pictures and stories in person!
The last place we stayed on our trip in Barcelona, with Noe and Cecilia, Noe asked me in better English than my Spanish “you have changed?” At first I didn’t know he was asking a question, but it didn’t matter, because he was right anyway. “Travelling changes you” Noe stated after a couple seconds of silence. This time I didn’t need to think too long before getting a big smile on my face as I went through some of the trip memories…“Yes it does” I replied giving a couple big nods...Yes it does!