The end of the road…

I’ve been putting off writing this post for weeks.  Partly because it’s been a busy few weeks since we moved to Sydney.  We’ve been catching up with friends, settling into our new apartment and Andy’s started his new job.  It’s been a whirlwind.

Sunset in the Amazon

After climbing Cotopaxi volcano!

The other reason I’ve been putting off writing this post, the biggest reason, is because I don’t know what to say.  I have no idea how to do this.  We were on the road for more than 9 months.  We visited 10 countries.  We took about 10,000 photos.  But, I can’t think of a way to wrap up our travels.  It’s too big.  We saw too much.  How do you distill all that down into a blog post?

Machu Picchu

Andy and Moai on Easter Island

St. Augustine said that “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  I believe this is completely true.  And, like a great book that you can’t put down, once you begin to travel you don’t want to stop.

Learning to tango (badly!) in Buenos Aires

At Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janiero

When we were in Vietnam, there were days that I was desperate to get home to Sydney.  After an exhausting 20 hour train ride, or when I had a stinking cold and felt like crap, or just on a rainy Sunday afternoon… all I wanted was to be in my own space, surrounded by my own things.  Able to cook a pot of soup and cuddle Andy on our couch.

Lobster night with Grandpa in Rhode Island

Celebrating New Year's Eve at home in Georgia

And now, I have all that.  We have moved into a fantastic and cozy apartment.  I spent all last Sunday sharing a bottle of red wine with my husband, watching movies and making spaghetti sauce.  It was perfect.  I went to bed that night so thankful to be home.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Motorbiking around Cat Ba Island

But today, I wouldn’t mind being in Tokyo.  I wouldn’t say no to a flight to Auckland.  Today the idea of a trip to Shanghai sounds very inviting.  Because today, I want to read on to the next page in the never-ending story of a traveler.  Today I wouldn’t mind  picking that book back up and seeing what’s on the next page.

Celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary in Hue, Vietnam

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island

And we will read on.  We will continue to travel.  And we’ll also continue to enjoy cosy Sunday’s at home in our new apartment.  We will strike a balance that is perfect for us in our new home.

Crazy traffic in Saigon

At a food hawker centre in Singapore

We’ll continue to update this blog when we do begin to travel again.  In the meantime, thank you all for coming on this journey with us.  Having the love and support of all our friends and family as we’ve travelled has meant so much to us.  I hope to see you all very soon… someplace in the world.


4 thoughts on “The end of the road…

  1. It never ends, Skate. Life’s a journey. The greatest one of all. Be grateful and thankful that you have all these memories to share with Andy (and later on, your kids). What more can anyone ask for?

  2. Great writing and nice ending to this blog but I know it is just the beginning for you guys. Hope to see you soon too. Lots of Love.

  3. It’s hard to do but I think you can bring the mind of a traveller to the everyday. I think it’s got a lot to do with imagination and what you think travelling is. Here’s to the journey.

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