We’ve come back to the U.S. feeling a bit tenderized. We’re noticing that we’re moving at a different pace than those around us. We came back to our nice house and everything in it, and all we wanted to do was take off and go sleep in our tent for a few days.
The tent therapy, combined with skiing and mountain biking helped quite a bit, but I still find myself sitting there, thinking of nothing but the present minute, and missing my kids when they’re at school.
I’ve found myself wondering about stuff that might sound like the makings of an acid trip…like why we need a box of 500 q-tips, why we have so much cinnamon in our cupboard, why we have so many hot water taps, why cappuccinos cost $4.00, what defines balance, and why we allow stress to saturate us like it does.
I’m not sure how this has changed us, but it has, and for now we’re a bit stuck between two very different worlds.
How does one conclude a blog like this? Well, the efficient side of me goes with a summarized comparison.
The tougher, character building stuff that makes for stories…
Altitude sickness, parasites, sharks, tsunami warnings, flat tires, Dengue fever, sunburns, surfboard fin impalements, mosquitos, gnats, sand fleas, policia, bad food, light beer, water leaks in the van, clogged drains, van suspension breakage, bad hair job by Colombian drag queen, really bad coffee, nearly losing surfboard to the wind of the Sechura desert, camp stove explosion at 15,000 ft., weekly diarrhea, smashed in Thule, lonely planet’s exaggerated safety warnings, stolen shoes, losing our kids in Ecuador, insane trucks and buses, washed out roads, ant infestation, car sickness, Colombian tolls, cold showers, extreme heat…
The stuff to be spoiled by…
Colombian galletas con pepitas, really good coffee, amazing seafood, high altitude wonders, great steak, fascinating people, $3.00 shoes, the best ever nutella ice cream, snorkeling with sharks, sea lions, rays and turtles, crazy good fruit and nuts, cheap gas, life saving ponchos, mosquito netting, arepas, ceviche, 3.5 km left break waves, queso fresco, good books, acclimating, moto-taxis, creative cooking, hot springs, parasite meds, waterfall repelling, rock climbing, good rum, tejas chocolates, fresh juices, the Andes, city maps togo, probiotics, inca tombs and turquoise water.
We watched our kids be excited about simple things like grocery shopping, AC, elevators, kittens, the ocean, pretzels, wifi, sand castles, dank rivers, homemade rafts, seaglass, chess, pelicans, bubaloo gum, bom bon bum lollipops, and donkeys.
We’ve co-existed and spent countless hours together over the years. How is it that it feels like we’ve just recently gotten to know each other?
I’m grateful to have had opportunity to, for the first time in my life, write, simply for the sake of writing.
In concluding our blog, I’m humbled and speechless.
We are very happy that you are back safe and it was fun following you on your blog. Welcome back to the real world.
Hopefully in a few months it won’t seem like like it was a dream! And your normal will be changed forever….
Welcome home….welcome home!! XXOO
That’s a great ending………. morphing into a new beginning…..
Welcome Back home! Thank you for taking us all along on your life changing journey. Even though I wasn’t with you, I feel like I have been changed in some small way. To appreciate life’s little things, to open my eyes to the beauty all around us and to not get caught up in the stress of the day. I can’t wait to see some of these beautiful pictures on the walls at Advantage. Becky (a patient of Darin’s)