The world will wait...

Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2009

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hi everyone.
It's been a long time since I've sent out a formal travel blog update. I think that's because somewhere along the way in my wonderful world travels, I got a little tired of my own company, and experienced more than a little bit of lonelines! As a result of that, and of a number of return visits to London, I decided to postpone the second leg of my world tour, ie the South America, North America, Indonesia piece (the places of the world I have not visited yet!) as those places will keep... and I look forward to picking up my map of the world and filling it up even more so with pins and lines! But for now, I'm calling a halt to the travels and have decided to move back to the USA and plant roots for the second half of my life. I'm thrilled Barack Obama is the President of the United States... really and truly. I followed the primary campaign as well as the main campaign from wherever I happened to be in the world, and my admiration and respect for Obama grew as it became clearer and clearer he was a contender for the Democratic nomination. I read his books, and was impressed by how his campaign speeches were expressions of his vision, that he had written about previously. I trust him, I have huge hope for the changes taking place in the land of my birth, as well as the rest of the world. Given my travels, I saw how tuned into the US leadership campaign the whole world was.. and I don't think many people in the USA who have no connections outside would believe that... but Obama knows the responsibilities that go with being an influential, and trend setting, world power. I hope he stays safe, and true to his vision. And I am excited to be returning to the US during his presidency. Long may it last!
So, this note is one of thanks for your interest in my travels, and my thoughts about those travels. Also it is a temporary farewell, until I put my travel duds on again!
The world is a phenomenal place, filled with people who have much more in common than they have differences. The absolute highlight of my travels was the magnificent people I met every step of my way. You will have read about some of them in my entries.
I was fortunate to be born into a wealthy, thriving, opportunity filled country. I don't have a huge belief in fate, karma, or providence.. I think it's more or less a roll of the dice where you land.. and how lucky was I to be born to Irish immigrants in the USofA. We in the west have absolutely got it made, and it saddens me that many Americans do not have an appreciation of that fact. Not a day goes by without my being grateful for the bounty I have in my life. And as I get older the greatest gift in my life is my circle of friends, and family. Another realm in which I have got it made... I feel privileged and blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know and love my large extended family. I have 75 first cousins, from the 13 in my father's family, and 10 in my mother's! Many of them are based in the UK and Ireland, so my 14 years in London have been great for strengthening family ties.
But enough on that for now! I will be returning to the USA in February. My plan is to rent a place for 6months while I look for a job and a home.. I'm thinking southern Maine! I will update you once I have secured both. Know that you will be MOST welcome to visit me and stay in my humble home. I have a fondness and partiality for travelers, and they will always be welcome in my home. I have benefitted hugely from the generosity of both my dear friends and family who have kindly put me up in between traveling stints, and strangers who have opened themselves to me whether by sharing their life stories, or showing me the way forward, or suggesting places to go and things to do. I feel I have found the secret of life in my travels. It is as simple as choosing to be happy.. and grateful for: the travels I have had, and will have in the future; my phenomenal friends and family; the many blessings I have, from good health to long life genes!
I'm posting a variety of photos that I particularly love from my travels. Thank you again for your interest.
I have a facebook site, look me up if you'd like to be "friends" and I also have a Camino de Santiago webpage, you can access it on:
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