Almost six months later Xx
We’ve not had many mishaps and as our six month anniversary approaches it seemed appropriate to do a recap of the ones we have had so far, not quite sure why but anyway. Often I will write them into a blog and then at the last moment take them out. What can I say, I like to focus on the positive. And, now looking back from a distance, none of them were really very negative, just experiences that have made us wiser travellers, well that would be the hope anyway. No J losing his wedding ring was not ideal, but it did mean he could have the experience of designing and making his own replacement in Ubud, which he thoroughly enjoyed doing. The few places where we have turned our noses up and left, due to gross misrepresentation or sheer inappropriateness, have always ended with us staying exactly where we were meant to and meeting great people we would not have met at the other location. We would rather J’s foot hadn’t become infected, having stepped on dead coral on the beach and that my head hadn’t taken a beating when our boat was hit, but thankfully both healed quickly. My clothes getting shredded at the laundry, while of course initially dismaying, did open the way for a bit of shopping, which I took to with relish. I can’t help it, I’m a glass half full type of gal.
I would say we have been lucky but I think the majority of people are good hearted so it’s not luck so much when things go right, as misfortune when they go wrong. We’ve not had anything stolen *crosses fingers and toes* because we don’t take risks with our stuff, and we’ve had no major health issues, all willing it will stay that way.
It’s been a wonderful six months, I am not sure how I imagined giving up our London lives would feel but so far it feels pretty great. I miss our friends of course and sometimes the ease of getting hold of things but pretty much anything we really need we find sooner or later. Decaffeinated tea is a pain in the butt to get hold of but at least now I know what to tell anyone planning to visit us to bring. The contents of my bag have grown beyond all sense and as soon as we reach Bangkok next week, we are stripping our bags to the minimum and sending what I hope will be our very last shipment home.
I could not ask for better company, J is the perfect travelling companion, easy going, fun, considerate, caring and up for just about any madness I suggest, he encourages me to be a better person simply by being one himself. Our days flow effortlessly into each other, each filled with new people and experiences. We have met some truly lovely souls along the way and been inspired by many of them, people following their passions and living their dreams. I still stress about what we’ll do when we run out of money, which will be sooner rather than later now we’ve discovered diving, but more often than not I am enjoying the moment, pinching myself that this longed for experience is actually taking place. I know we will end up where we need to be, when we need to be there Xx