I can officially say we accomplished our biggest goal of 2013!
We did it.
We actually motorbiked around all of Europe and came back within the given 3-month timeframe so as not to get myself deported! And believe it or not, we returned not hating each other. Sure, there were some rather taut moments but the fun experiences eclipsed the not-so-fun ones and that, in my book, is worthy of a celebratory beer, or two.. or twenty!
While the trip was not exactly the Eat Pray Love-esque adventure I had originally imagined, it was definitely a fun and intense few months. Let me start by saying – think about the last time you spent 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a single person. Really think – t.w.e.n.t.y.f.o.u.r.h.o.u.r.s.a.d.a.y….s.e.v.e.n.d.a.y.s.a.w.e.e.k.
Now add the following ingredients to that delicious cocktail: camping, potholes, frigid conditions, faulty Internet, sightseeing, maps, vineyards, directions, language barriers, rain, food experimentations, a 3 month visa deadline, a surprise 30th birthday to plan, a VERY loosely defined route, motorbiking (and all its emotional and physical baggage), stolen items, health issues and so many others!
So if you weren’t applauding us before, I sure hope you are now. And you will understand our excitement (read: shock) when we arrived back in England smiling and not gouging each others’ eye out with the torque wrench (one of our tool-turned-weapon options). Intimacy had blown away long ago, but only as a result of our stinky clothes which hadn’t been washed in 6 weeks.
Understandably, we’ve been a bit quiet since the grand homecoming as we finally have a few minutes to relax and more importantly, to process the insanity of what just happened!
I cannot wait to share our exciting tales with you, many of which debuted at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner table and were deemed wildly inappropriate, shocking and /or sadly hilarious. It is with great pleasure and pride that I tell you the stories even outlasted the triptophan comas that tugged on our every emotion.
However, as you do during the holidays, we enjoyed time with our family and friends and are feeling rested up for another eventful year.
In the (very belated) spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to give thanks to all of you who have been diligently reading my posts this year – I couldn’t be more grateful. Rest assured the best stories are yet to come.
Lastly, Joel and I would like to wish you and yours a very happy Christmas.