USA: de todo un poco
Well….that’s all folks. After a few days in Seattle and a 4-day road trip through the Wild West, I’m home now, pigging out on good ole Iowa sweet corn and hyperventilating at the thought of “what now?” My trip sort of took on a life of its own, and it’s been a wild ride. I will spend a good part of the next week labeling and organizing pictures and reminiscing. I definitely saw “de todo un poco!”
The world is anything but quiet and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to explore a small part of it. Parts of the trip seem like a dream as they were so long ago, yet everything is etched in my mind. I will never forget stepping out of the Lima airport, straddling the equator, flying into the Amazon completely astonished at its immensity, cracking open our first beers at Carnaval, watching the Tango dancers in Buenos Aires, seeing penguins in their own habitat, meeting people from all over the world, playing in the salt flats of Bolivia, eating grasshoppers…..and the list goes on and on and on. I will miss waking up each morning to a new adventure and knowing that I was exactly where I wanted to be. Even on the days where things were tough, and even when I got lonely, and even when I just wanted to throw in the towel and fly home to the familiar – it was great!! Yes, if I had to do it over again, or if I had known from the start what kind of trip I was taking off on, I probably would have done a few things differently – but, overall everything I did, every place I saw, and every person I met could not be traded for anything better. I already miss the 25-cent fresh sqeezed orange juice every morning that is standard in Latin America. I won`t miss the super-sized cockroaches.
Thanks to all my friends and family, and to those strangers who have come along for the ride. It’s been incredibly important to me to share this with all of you. If I hadn’t had so many of you following along, I may have gotten lazy and stopped recording my experiences. Even though right now it is all so vivid in my mind, there will come a day when, like a watercolor in water, things will start to blend together and I may not be able to remember the details. I now have this blog to help me out in those moments. And, I thank you for putting up with my frolicking aimlessly so very far away. I was really busy having a great time and occasionally forgot what it’s like to worry when someone you care about is in a far off place.
I hope that I may continue to be a citizen of this amazing world. The kindness of strangers was probably the thing that impacted me most on this trip. I hope that as soon as I am settled, I can receive other travelers and help them out in the same way that people have helped me.
I could go on and on….but…..I will close by saying…..UNTIL NEXT TIME…..