Less than a week before I leave on a month-long trip, I find myself thinking about my home, not where I'm headed. And that is so unlike me. You know how people say, "Aren't you glad to be home?" I would just smile weakly in response, and let them interpret it as a yes. Because … Continue reading Goodbye, Home Sweet Home
In the midst of this season that is all about family and friends, I suddenly realize: in two weeks, I will begin a month with strangers, thousands of kilometres away from anyone or any place familiar. I have always found joy in travel, and I have traveled on my own, but I now realize that … Continue reading The people who sustain me
Coming home from my first trip as a single person, I was transformed. Enlightened. So amazing! Life is wonderful! And then I was here. Cold, rainy days, and long, lonely nights in the bed I had always shared with my husband. Faced with the chores of disposing of the physical remnants of a 30 year … Continue reading Two steps forward, three steps back
A broken heart affects everything. In the tropical paradise that is Kaua’i, my thoughts of the past and the future overwhelmed the present. It was so wonderful when we were here before. Or was it? Was I so deluded? And the future I thought was so secure, destroyed. We were supposed to come back here, … Continue reading It’s not where you are, it’s where you’re at.
Home from my two weeks in Kauai, I think of what I learned: about myself, about travel, well, and about traveling by myself! Asides from some intense emotional first aid, this first trip was a trial run for the more adventurous travel on the itinerary for the next year. I am certainly going to pack … Continue reading Walking By Myself (with a really heavy suitcase)
When I told people my travel plans for the next year and they said, “You should write a blog!,” I thought I’d start it with the beginning of my adventurous, brave travels. Certainly not with this trip to a timeshare on Kauai. Because where’s the courage in staying in a luxurious, 900 sq ft unit … Continue reading It all depends on how you define “brave.”