Homeward Bound

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Dec 12, 2005

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Monday, December 12, 2005

We finally made it home and back to our house. It feels good to be home. That's one thing about travelling - it always makes you appreciate where you come from and how good we have it living where we do. In Canada, we do take a lot of things for granted. I don't think we fully appreciate how fortunate we are.

The first thing Martin did was go over to the neighbours to retrieve our dog, Sugar. She seemed happy to see us - and glad to be home, too!

Like the rest of the country there was no snow when we arrived in Saskatoon, but it didn't take long - it dumped "Christmas snow" all the next day. I feel like we've been dropped into the middle of Christmas. We certainly haven't gone through all the Christmas hype and aren't really prepared for the holidays. We don't have a tree up, or lights, I haven't sent my Christmas cards, but that's OK - we'll give it a miss this year. Better to just enjoy.

It has been a wonderful 12 months. Refreshing, rejuvenating, recentring. Not always relaxing - there were a number of challenges. But that's part of it. Figuring things out, making decisions about where to go next and how to get there, planning what you want to do and accomplishing those goals. It feels like a real accomplishment.

People ask us if we don't think travelling to some of the far-flung places we go to is dangerous. I often answer that we'd probably be more likely getting hit crossing the street at home that we would dying of some strange disease in Asia or being caught up in a coup in Africa. The risk is in getting up and going, the challenge of doing it! Of making a break from our everyday lives. The experiences of living in another culture, learning about the lives of other people and learning about the world firsthand have far more impact that armchair travelling, interesting though it may be. There's just nothing comparable. It's exciting and inspiring like nothing else.
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