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September 24th 2008
Published: September 24th 2008
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Hi everybody who is still reading this blog. ☺ In the last several months since my last blog entry I have received a steady stream of comments from all sorts of folks asking how I am doing. It is always so cool to get comments. All of these comments also had in common one phrase: “I see it has been a long time since you have wrote.”

And that it has. A long time.

I am back in New York, New York, back in the US for the first time in almost eight months. With all of the traveling and moving around I have been doing since 2005, this is officially my longest period of time without returning to the US. During these eight months I visited 7 countries: Lithuania, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, and South Africa, and transited through several more. I never spent more than one month sleeping in the same bed, and often found myself not sleeping in a bed at all.

Though I am still sifting through it all, and still trying to absorb all that I have experienced over the past several months, there is one observation I have about traveling and moving around. Each time I move on to a new place, I find myself identifying with and missing the previous place I was in. Whether I was changing countries or simply just changing rooms or living spaces, I always found that there was a part of me that was missing the space where I was just in, the space I was coming from. And I found myself, for example, referencing that previous place and in a way framing my experience of the new place in relation to this previous place……does this make sense? And this, I realized, was a way of claiming that space as home. In other words, if I was traveling from France to Lithuania, I was relating my moment to moment experience in Lithuania to my place and experience in France. Going from Lithuania to South Africa, my reference point became Lithuania. And then returning to Lithuania from South Africa, I found myself constantly referencing my experiences and living situations in South Africa.

This may be merely stating the obvious; it makes sense that I find myself becoming attached to the place I am in, the people I meet, the general living circumstances of that place. But what is interesting to me is that I find myself rarely comparing my immediate experience to life ‘back home’ in the US. It is as if my ‘home’ or my experience of home is wherever I am, or more specifically, wherever I just was. I wonder how it will feel returning home to Efland this time? Will I feel home? Will I find myself again referencing and comparing things to Kaunas, or to South Africa, or even to life sleeping on Bajir's couch in Brooklyn? Or will I just be home.

So I am back. I am back in the US, and back on the blog. I hope to, bit by bit, recount some stories and thoughts from the past several months in South Africa and Lithuania. I am realizing even as I write this entry how much I love writing, and how I miss not having written in so long. It helps me understand better my experiences, and also it is an excuse for me to sit and think/reflect.

BIGGEST SHOCK SINCE RETURNING TO THE US: a small ‘Frosty’ from Wendy’s now costs $1.40!!! When I left the U.S. in February, they were only 99 cents!!! Has everything gone up in price as Frosties have?


25th September 2008

'a place for you'
Hey, Bear! I so loved 'returning to your Blog!' and 'picturing your moments of moving from place to place (experience to experience), and your observations of how you 'meet the new, as you reference them to where you just were'. I don't think I'm expressing this as best as I would like, but it touched off something in me from my earlier years. (wow! that sounds 'old'!). I so remember watching my 'perceptions' and how they affected my experience in each new place/experience. I SO especially loved a book I carried around and read alot, and I think, internalized in my heart, called: A Place for You, by Paul Tournier. (he was/is? sort of a spiritual journeyman and psychiatrist or psychologist.) The book may be out of print now, and I think I lent my copy long ago. Anyway, the 'gist' was sort of about being on a spiritual journey and that we can 'search' and 'search' or 'journey' and the 'place is in our spirit, imbedded in us'....It's about how important each place, relationship, experience carves a space in us, a 'point of relativity' (those are my words to describe it) and that wherever we are, whenever we are, we come from/perceive from 'those places/experiences that we relate to'...anyway, YOU say it best! What a beautiful observation! I'll keep my eye out for that book! The other big point he made, was... that it wasn't the 'place' ...but rather the 'spirit' inside you that 'hosted the place/experience' (again my words/memory/ interpretation! Have fun with all your observations of your Life and All you encounter! Love, AnnMama!
25th September 2008

You know that i'm your blog fan! :) And if you think what are you writing think of me that i will read. I found one mistake. Yu were in Poland with dance crew , you didn't mention poland. Don't thank me friends always helps :)
26th September 2008

What the hell. That is such a shame. Hope everything is awesome back home with ya bro. Hopefully see ya and talk to you soon. Pce. -Tony
28th September 2008

I know! It is crazy. But it still doesn't keep me from buying them. Good luck with the rest of the season and keep in touch, Tony.
28th September 2008

biggest blog fan
Macola, I know you are my biggest fan. Sorry this blog entry was a bit too deep and complicated for you to understand. Viena diena tu suprasi, gerai? Ne verk. Keep it real. -Will
24th February 2009

Greetings from Thunder Mountain!
Will! Got to looking at your blog today after talking about you to my officemate. She is thinking about traveling around Lithuania this summer (has a Lith. S.O. which may bring her to those parts). Saw your folks on Saturday and they said you are heading soon to Germany to see your new God-daughter! Nice. I am sure you will fall in love given the pics and video I have seen. Best to those folks there. Art and I did some work in the garden this weekend - it will be spring here before long. The projects around your homestead are coming along - it is looking good. Your mom was working hard on getting organized and I was able to catch the first half of the Davidson bball game with your Dad which was fun. All is well here and we will look forward to seeing you in September. Martha

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