***NOTE WE ARE HOPING TO GET PICTURES POSTED IN PERTH, WE HAVE RUN INTO A SPACE ISSUE ON THE IPAD COMBINED WITH SLOW INTERNET CONNECTIONS***
Salutations and good tidings,
November 10th, 2012 is officially two months of travel for us. We have been gone 61 days and Kailey is in desperate need of a “Biggie size” Soy Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks. It’s really the little things you miss the most, like our animals :-). This is the longest that either of us has ever traveled continuously and it’s a learning experience to say the least. I don’t think that the trip is what either of us imagined it to be, not to say that in a bad way but we just didn’t have any real way of truly knowing what it would feel like to travel continuously for so long at a fairly brisk pace.
We leave in 5 days for the second to last leg of our journey the drive from Perth to Sydney and it blows our minds that we have come so far across the world. At this point it now it feels like we are officially heading back TOWARDS home as opposed to AWAY from it. It is a very surreal feeling to look at an Ipad full of photos, and blog posts detailing the last two months where a lot of it has become a slight blur. We definitely developed the ABCs in Europe (Another Bloody Church/Castle/Cathedral/City), but then Rae showed up and was so excited over old stuff that she cried, which in turn made us excited. Even though the days of week have long ago faded away to meaningless words (A common morning discussion is: What day is it? What is the date?), there have been experiences which will always be good memories and even better a lot of these we can share with friends that we will talk to and see back home.
It’s a humbling thing to take yourself and throw yourself from one foreign experience to another. You begin to realize just how fortunate we are to have the things we do at home and how different and amazing the world can truly be. The Discovery Channel got it right, the world is just awesome! While it is very easy to get wrapped up in the things at home that seem so important and forget how big the world is. Your worries and problems, when put in the context of everything else that is out there really aren’t that big. This trip has definitely helped Kailey and I as we figure out the whole being married thing, and also made us realize how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family. Everyone that came to our wedding and agreed with us that this trip was a worthwhile cause will never know how much we appreciate you, though you can expect us to say it a few times once we get back and hopefully we have sent you a post card. Let us know if anyone else out there would like one!
We are now faced with a three week drive across the south coast of Australia before a rendezvous with a lot of family and friends for Kailey’s brother’s wedding, Christmas and New Years. It will be a nice way to end our trip with the people who we miss and getting some quality family time in. We could write more about the emotions we are feeling or the experiences that have meant the most to us, but I it is hard to put it all in words. Don’t worry we will keep writing and re-writing if WordPress continues to eat our blogs. Currently our best advice is if you want to know what this feels like to travel the world like us then make a plan to do it and stick to your plan. It took us a lot of pre-planning and it was hard to believe until we actually landed in our first destination and time began to pass, but take 4 months or more, pack your bags, watch out for bed bugs, walk out your front door, good luck and have a wonderful journey!
~ K. and Sam