Published: February 7th 2011February 7th 2011
Today is a milestone…it is day 200 since we left Colorado Springs. It seems like a good opportunity to reflect on what this trip has given us as we have many things for which we are grateful. First, there have been very few negative things that have happened. Neither of us has been seriously ill, we have not lost anything of value and we made it safely out of the Middle East.
Second, there are many, many positive things as this trip has allowed us to explore the world’s diversity of people, places and food.
Meeting people from other countries has given us a perspective on both the similarities and differences in our lives. Spending the afternoon with spry, old Baobao in China who gave us a tour of his ancient town and then invited us in to his humble home for lunch was a highlight of our trip. And the recent unrest in Egypt is more personal because we can see how it impacts the life and livelihood of our tour guide, a very affable and friendly young man who may not be giving tours anytime soon.
As far as places, we stood in awe of the
In a township near Cape Town, South Africa
Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India and the Pyramids in Egypt and marveled at the natural beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge in China, Halong Bay in Vietnam and Bulungula in South Africa.
And the food…from the heat of Szechuan cooking in China to shawarmas in Egypt to the fine wine in France, we have enjoyed exploring the diversity of food and drink.
We do, however, miss home. We miss our family and friends. We miss sleeping in our own bed and we miss cooking our own meals. But these things are small compared to the adventures we are having. We had our senses overwhelmed with horn blaring in the exhaust-filled streets of India, and we rejoiced in serenity standing atop a mountain in a tiny village in Laos, as countless stars filled the clear night sky (there really is such a thing as star shine).
We are blessed and we appreciate it. We hope you have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, our blogs. We will be publishing our blog on Jordan soon (you’ll want to read about Petra). After that they might be a bit sparse for a month or so because we
will be doing some volunteer work that, although we hope it will be fun, will likely make uninteresting reading. Thank you for your interest in our trip and a special thanks to those who leave comments on the blog; we love to hear what you think.