Six Month Check In

06.December 2009

Checking In

Hard to believe we’ve been on the road for six months…but here we are in India and the calendar is irrefutable proof that six months have indeed passed since we first left home.

I think we continue to learn and evolve, but I also think that we have caught our stride and are traveling much more assuredly now. Here are some thoughts:

Bon Voyage Cake Time passes very quickly. It is hard to believe that it is six months since we left. Time seems to have flown by and sometimes it seems that I can remember every moment as though it was yesterday. At times I wish for the clock to slow down so that the next six months would pass ever so slowly.

Cresting Again

Time passes very slowly. At the same time it seems like forever since we left. We have visited so many places and so much has happened, it couldn’t possibly be only six months. The end seems so very far away…and there are so many places to visit before then.

Found Eric...AgainIntroverts can act extro-vertedly. We are both introverts but have been doing a much better job of acting extro-vertedly. We are meeting more and more people and are both more willing to start conversations and get involved than we were before. We recognized that we were insulating ourselves a bit and so have been putting ourselves in more situations to interact with others. This usually means tours etc but that also works well with our inherent laziness – we enjoy tours because someone will tell us all we need to know rather than us having to read about it!!

Champagne Welcome, Ista Amritsar Budget be damned. We realized early on that our budget was not realistic for our travel style. We are by no means blowing it out now (okay, we might have for our birthdays) but we are traveling more comfortably and doing the things that will make our trip memorable. I certainly did not want to look back on this trip and wish that I had done things differently.

Beer and Pretzel...Does It Get Any Better I now understand why travelers wear elastic-waisted pants. Some people say they lose weight while traveling…that has certainly not been my experience. My waistline has definitely expanded and I am softer than I have been in many, many years. I don’t like it but what to do…stop eating the fabulous food (and it’s only going to get better as we hit SE Asia!)…I don’t think so. I do dream about being in shape again though, but it will have to wait until I return…in the meantime I bought some elastic waisted pants today…they hide a multitude of sins and allow for expansion…I look quite fashionable as all the girls are wearing them!

Along The Ancient Walkway Are we tired of wearing the same clothes over and over and over and over? Probably not as tired as you are of seeing them in the pictures over and over again! It’s surprising how a limited wardrobe is actually quite freeing. In fact, there are pieces that I don’t wear very often. We left some cold weather clothing behind  as we left the colder areas, I sent some shoes home (I never did wear the ‘cute shoes’), and will be ditching those not often worn pieces as I find replacements that I will wear. We are buying some new clothes too (some are necessary…see above) – we knew we would once we hit India and SE Asia – it’s a different esthetic here and lighter, freer clothes are more comfortable. You’ll have to see if you can spot the new pieces as the pictures are posted.

Loaded Up and Ready to Go How is the equipment holding up? We are pleased with everything that we brought. The bags are still working very well and apart from being a bit dusty are not damaged at all despite all the abuse we put them through. All the electronics and associated gadgets have been great – we love having the laptop to surf the net, play games, write posts etc – it has definitely made life easier. The first aid kit is not often used but still necessary. The water purifier has come in handy – we are not using it as much in India…I  think I have some built in biases that cannot be sanitized and so we buy water here. The sink stopper and laundry line are absolutely necessary – we most often send our laundry out but occasionally it comes back still damp or we have to hand wash – we always have a place to hang it to dry. We did purchase one messenger bag – it hangs over one shoulder so causes less sweating than a day backpack does – besides it looks cooler too!

Last Night In Istanbul Are we still enjoying ourselves? Absolutely!! Maybe even more so now…we seem to have synced up and are enjoying the whole experience. That doesn’t mean there aren’t sucky days or locations but we are better able to manage them than we were in the beginning. I will admit to a tinge of homesickness lately but I actually think it’s because we have been moving non-stop for a while now. We have a stationary week planned in the south of India and I think that will make things better for me.

I can’t believe that we are only half way through this amazing journey…I can’t wait to see what the second half has in store for us. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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7 Responses to “Six Month Check In”

  1. Akila Says:

    Congrats on six months! We can’t believe how fast our trip is going. We are almost at th 3 month mark and we feel like the trip is just flying. We are loving our trip even more than we thought we would. It really has changed our complete way of thinking and perceptions about each other and the world.

  2. Nathan Shipley Says:

    Love reading these posts on how you feel about traveling. It’s funny how half of what you wrote could have been written by me at six months in.

  3. Linda, Ron & Katelyn Says:

    You guys are the best! We miss you, but wish you continued enjoyment through
    the next 6 months. Keep safe.

  4. Geoff Says:

    Congrats on the six months!

    when are you hitting SEA? I’ll be in the area til the end of March so hopefully our paths will cross at some point

  5. Linda, Ron & Katelyn Says:

    G&J,
    bloody computers!!!!
    I was going to add that i still hold J’s bottle of AdNoc and have managed to not
    notice it in our large booze closet.But that could change.
    R

  6. Linda, Ron & Katelyn Says:

    Let me try again as my original message seems to have vanished!!
    I am requesting a Jason blog in the near future.Much as I love G’s descriptions it is time for the J man to share his perspective on this first of many world tours.
    ron

  7. flip Says:

    congratulations for your traveling for 6 months…

    i do agree with your post, time seems to fly so fast and so slow… weird but true…

    keep on traveling…