Love Affair with Everywhere--Reflections

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

I am writing today, not from some far off land, not from the balcony of my hotel looking out at the Arabian gulf, not from a bar on the beach sippin on the local brew and not from the club lounge of a hotel or airport, today, I am writing from my home (well, my adopted 2nd home) in Chicago. It is a perfectly gloomy, well foggy, Saturday morning and I have nowhere I HAVE to be...just yet..and I'm loving it!

I am looking around at the 'organized chaos' that I call my apartment--at the one suitcase on the floor still not fully unpacked, another suitcase, empty, but sitting open waiting for me to fill it up, at the laundry and dry cleaning that need to be put away, at the foreign coins and notes mixed and gathered on my kitchen counter, at the bunches of 3oz TSA compliant bottles of shampoo, face wash, toothpaste, perfume, etc, and my 2 passports--and I feel a smile forming.

I am thinking about the places I have been and the people I have met, the experiences (some bad, but mostly great) I have had and the lessons I have learned, and remembering just how grateful I am for all of it.

I got my first passport when I was 3 months old. I wonder if that was maybe some indication of what was to come.

From a young age my parents thought it important for my brother and I to know of life outside our own. I think it is safe to say that the 'travel bug' bit me harder and deeper than the others--they love to travel of course, but not in the same (seemingly insane) manner, not to mention the majority of my travel is a result of my job, and the rest, well, for fun :)

Now, at 30, I have 2 passports; both with extra pages, one completely full that I have to keep on hand since some countries' visas are still valid, and the other, only 2 years old but almost half full.

I don't know what inspired me to write this today, maybe it has something to do with a decision I have made to make an effort to travel less. After 5 years, I am trying to imagine what that life will look like. I know that a goal to travel less sounds odd since most people have 'travel more' on their bucket list, or list of 'to-do's'.

Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that I do not want to travel, I don't think I can ever fully give that up. It is a part of who I am and a lot of the reason I am who I am, but for now, a little routine (not too much:)) will be a welcome change.

The journey is nowhere near over. I fell in love with the world and everything about it many years ago, and as the name of this blog would suggest it is an ongoing "love affair with everywhere". I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without these experiences, and don't want to.There are so many places left in this indescribably amazing world (believe me, I have a list, you can check it out here:, and I am nowhere near done, but I think a bit more structure is going to be a good thing...

I will let you know how it goes.

Thank you for reading! Would love for you to 'like' Love affair with everywhere on facebook: Happy Travels!!
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