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Two Years Later…

11 Jun

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and here we are.

Our beautiful mugs still sittin in Calgary, Canada. But things are different than they were a year ago. Now we’re sitting in an apartment full of boxed things and packed suitcases; our place doesn’t look like it did just a week ago. Now our hearts are full with friendship and love; our things matter less. We’re giving things away but carrying the best memories with us. Now we’re holding tickets in our hands and visas to foreign places. Now we’re completely different people than we were two years ago. Now we’re off on one last adventure.

This time two years ago we set of on an adventure to see the world and to let the world change us. I had hoped with everything I had in me that we could go the distance. At least two years. See where the wind blew us and be open to what was next. Today, we’re on the other side of those two years and we’re not done yet!

Monday, our last hurrah begins, as we board a plane for San Jose, Costa Rica. We’ve got a couple – a – months long plan that involves parts of Central America that we missed last time, some big countries in South America and a circut road trip through the United States by car.

We couldn’t be more grateful to the friends and family we have here. You guys set us up, gave us opportunities that helped us save and we owe you so much. To the new friends we’ve made, to the old friends we’ve reconnected with and the family who love us – we’re gonna miss you terribly!

Adventure come at us!

 

One Year On…

11 Jun

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One year ago today, we got up early, I gave the dogs one last hug, told my child hood pup she wasn’t allowed to die until I got back, gave my mum and sister a quick squeeze, and bit back tears and we said our goodbyes. My sweet Dad drove us to the airport and I could hardly stop bouncing on the hour long drive. A dream we’d held onto for a good four years had finally arrived. I couldn’t stop smiling, taking photos of my passport and ticket and squeezing Josh’s hand in excitement / fear.

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It was the beginning of the craziest year of our lives, and we were thrown in the deep end right at the beginning. I mean who launches a rocket into air space? China does, on our second leg of our first trip, that’s who.

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On this day last year I wrote about our nerves. About the what ifs, pursing our life, and making it one that’s worth living. I wrote that we just had to trust that everything would come together and that good things would find us. Well life has been good to us, and we find ourselves a year older, a year wiser, our eyes opened, our patience deepened and our hearts freer. We can no longer call ourselves sayers, we are now doers.

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China, Great Britan, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, New York, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico again and Canada; sixteen countries down and countless more to conquer.

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We’ve been reflecting on the most important things we’ve learnt on this trip and wanted to share.

We’ve learnt that patience is not only something you learn, but it’s something that you weave into your character. That it grow you, and shapes you, and it’s a good virtue to have.

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We’ve learnt that you HAVE to be flexible. Have a plan sure, but make it flexible. For instance, we had never planned to go to Ireland, Croatia and Amsterdam but had every intention of visiting Austria, Switzerland and Russia. Sometimes plans just don’t go how you hoped but sometimes the best things happen when you throw caution to the wind and go with your gut. We also never planned to live in San Cristobal in Mexico for a month, but rather made that decision the day after we arrived. That was a whole month of our lives we decided in just a day.

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We’re learnt to understand our strengths and give space to our weaknesses. I freak about things sometimes, some small, some big. We both had moments of panic when we looked at our bank account throughout the trip. We’ve also learnt how strong we are as a team. That we can pick up, move on, start a fresh, build relationships and connections and basically make a life anywhere in the world.

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We’ve learnt that we find strength in each other and that home is not a place but where your people are.

We’ve learnt to be prepared for everything and to pace ourselves. As arrogant as it might sound, travelling long term can be exhausting and sometimes you just need a day to sit around in the local park and do NOTHING. And that’s ok.

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Mostly importantly, we’ve learnt that there is so much out there, and it’s so much bigger than yourself. Don’t sit around and never understand the gravity of that.

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And so we look forward now, to everything that is the future, everything that is exciting and fresh and new. We reflect on the lessons we’ve learnt, the easy and the tough. We stand still for now, working hard, saving harder and learning that adventure is all around us, and that we are so blessed to call Canada home. We’re far from done, and though we hope it won’t be too much longer before we touch down on home turf again, our adventurous souls will never cease to explore this great world.

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And so here we find ourselves

12 Mar

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In a routine again. Wake up, go to the gym, follow the crowds as we are shifted like cattle on public transport, work for too long, yawn  a few times, make sure to eat a healthy lunch, catch the cattle shuttle home and blort in front of the T.V for the evening, too tired to do much else, finally go to bed too late and repeat.

The nice part about all of this is we know there is a goal, an end in sight. We’re experiencing new weather patterns and lessons have been learnt – weather considerations are now made before leaving the house. A time difference has been established and spring is on it’s way. You can sense it not only in the weather, but in the restlessness of the people. Winter isn’t coming anymore, winter is on it’s way out. People talk about the weather too much. They say plus such and such degrees and never say it’s minus 10. It’s just 10 out. We have more sunlight hours, and don’t always arrive home in the dark. We’re settled – I’m getting creative, Josh is happy to be in one place for a while. While huge adventures are not being had, huge adventures are planned, and mini adventures are taken everyday. Adventures into painting and knitting, making new friends and meeting new people, finding new things that don’t exist back home at the supermarket and having regular friend dates. Visiting Denny’s for breakfast a little too often, reading bus schedules wrong, learning about the effects of melt and re-freeze, getting blisters on hands from too much shovelling, realising how great it is to be warm and the bizarre gratitude you can feel for the basic human necessity that is warmth. How wonderful it is to be settled for a while and how blessed we are to be experiencing something different, new and a world away from what we know.

While things aren’t exciting enough to report, we may slow posts down. Never fear though – the adventure is far from over and a new one is just a few months away. Because Summer is coming…

Family Photos + 8 Months

12 Feb

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Do you have that awful family photo from your awkward teen stage in life, and you wish your mum would take it down from the wall and maybe burn it? Well we have one that’s even worse. It was taken when visiting South Africa, with my mums parents, us having come all the way from Australia and my mums sister and her family having come all the way from Canada (with a new baby and toddler in tow – impressive)! The Canadians are stark white, the Aussies are red (a little careless with the sunscreen application) and the South Africans are nicely tanned. My sister and I have that awkward teen look, my dad still has a moustache and my aunt has that “everybody smile quick before the someone cries” look plastered on her face, baby in one arm, restless toddler in the other. Oh and did I mention we are all wearing too much denim?

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Well a reunion that was around 13 years later called for a new photo. We headed out to the path behind my aunt and uncle house and got a little cheesy. What’s travelling half way around the world to hang out if you don’t have some great photos to remember it? Mum, I hope you’re replacing that photo – I think these are much better.

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(oh and how hilarious is this photo? I have no idea what my cousin is doing in the background and apparently Josh doesn’t either…)

 

Ice-Skating, Tobogganing + Other Cold Weather Things

5 Feb

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Canada is stunning, there is no doubt, but there is definitely a down side to all that white and it’s called “the cold”. It’s house-bound, bounce off the walls stir crazy inducing cold. Read more…

Canada – here to stay

30 Jan

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You know those moments when things fall into place, and then it keeps happening and you guess pretty quickly that the stars are aligning and these moments are combining to make a path that you are supposed to take? Well that’s what happened with our plans for Canada. Read more…

7 Months and a bit

20 Jan

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This past month has hands down, been the most exciting for us: Read more…

Here’s the thing about chasing an endless summer

19 Dec

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We love summer – don’t get us wrong – but we’ve been in it for possibly longer than the last 365 days, and have realised that there is definitely good cause for cooler weather. Right now we’re technically in winter, and for most of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s in full force, but we are closer to the equator and are experiencing a blissfully sunny and sweaty season. We’ve been absorbing all the vitamin D we can, enjoying the crystal blue sea water with a daily swim and relishing the feeling of shorts, t-shirts and sand between our toes, because we know that for us, winter is coming in the extreme. So I found myself thinking that I should write this post before I find myself freezing my butt off, cursing our decision to move to Canada and dreaming of warmer days, and to be a constant reminder that winter isn’t all that bad. Read more…

6 Months – So Where to From Here?

12 Dec

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We’ve been on the road for a whole 6 MONTHS and we can hardly believe how blessed we are to be here, in Mexico no less. We’ve spent the last 3 months in Central America and it’s been a crazy ride, but this chapter is definitely coming to a close. To be completely honest, we’re running low on funds. We initially said that we wanted to be on this journey for at least a year, if not two, and honestly never expected our money to last that long. In fact, we fully expected to have to stop somewhere and work, but the questions was always where. Read more…

5 Months On the Road

11 Nov

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Happy anniversary to us! We’ve been on the road for 5 months now, and we are continually pinching ourselves that we are some how still here, still travelling and still alive. Here are a few things we’ve done/learnt in the last month.

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