Day 140 - Calgary to London (UK)
Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
141Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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The sun is shining, it's 30 degrees, and the city is a nice one, but we just want to get on the plane now. It's always the same however long you have been away. Picnic lunch, then a nap time stroll by the river, then in to check out the shops. The boys both have tidy up haircuts.
There is a food festival going on in the city. We set up camp by the playground and watch Dylan run around and quickly make friends
Oh wow, it's our last day, how on earth did that happen!? It seems like a long time ago that we left home and boarded that flight to Hong Kong, but in other ways it has whizzed by. If we look how much the children have grown and developed we know we have been away a while. When we talk back over all we have seen, and experienced, it really does just seem amazing. Our motto has been 'we do all we can as a family', if it doesn't work for everyone, then it isn't part of our trip.
The children have been incredible we couldn't have asked for two more lovely people to enjoy our adventure with
A card from Emma's mum came with the quote "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the things that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover". We took a chance on life and it paid off. We grabbed our opportunity to do something different when it came along for us. We were surprised by the number of people who tried to put us off the trip or who thought it wouldn't be achievable with the children. A quote we found one evening at home following some similar conversations - "Dream of travelling the world? Only those who wish they had your courage will tell you not to follow your dreams". We like to live in an 'anything is possible' world and if we didn't, we would never have stepped foot on the first flight, and wow, what we would have missed. For the children, young as they are, they have experienced so much. Perhaps they won't remember the specifics when they are older (they will have a book of our blog for that), but they have experienced different cultures, different foods, learnt adaptability, explored and discovered the world, just as we hoping they would
We have called everywhere we stay 'home' whilst we have been away, but its now time to return to our real home, rest a little, catch up with friends and family, before we all too quickly embark on the next chapter of our lives. There will be more adventures, of that we are sure, we just need to knuckle down and make them happen.
There are so many things that we will miss about being away and our adventures together but we thought it would be fun to make a list of the things that we won't miss :
Quietly zipping Taya into her cot each night
Putting Taya's cot up and down and earlier in the trip pumping Dylan's bed up
No toilet in the night as Taya is in the bathroom
Packing and unpacking
All sleeping in the same room
Cheese and ham sandwiches
Uploading photos for the blog
Drinking wine from beakers
Limited wardrobe choices
Evening space for Emma and Rich to relax in
Just a few hours to pass before we board