Looking Forward, Looking Back

Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For months now, since Japan, we have been looking forward to meeting up with Mum and Dad, we have been moving constantly a little closer to our rendezvous and, for me at any rate, as we have edged that little bit closer, as the time and the place have approached, it has felt like the purpose of our travels; their ultimate destination.

I have been looking forward to our meeting but also worrying that we would stumble at the last and fail to quite make it. Especially during this last dash down through India I became convinced that we would miss a train or our booking would fail to proceed from 'waitlisted' to 'confirmed', or M & D's holiday would be cancelled due to the devastating floods in Sri Lanka or some other unforeseen obstacle would pop up and scupper our plans. After so many months of travelling by ourselves it just seemed inconceivable that we would meet up with my mother and father, having come so far, so many miles, it was beyond the bounds of reason that they could just show up one day and join us for dinner. I had been looking forward with hope but no expectation.

But we have also now been travelling long enough to begin to look back at some of the places we have been, to reflect on some of the things we have already seen along the way. And some of them seem like part a different journey at a different time. Japan by now seems like ancient history, the trans-Siberian seems pre-historic; mythical. And partly the blog, this journal, are responsible for this because already some of the fluid passing of events have been scribed, become fixed, become stories in their own right and when we are asked how this place was or that, we are now not recalling the place itself or our direct experience of it but are trying to remember the order of words that compose that tale.

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