BKK -> BRU -> JFK We are coming home!
After 6+ months, 10 countries, close to a hundred different places to stay, two broken kindles, some two dozen beaches and only one theft (from a monkey stealing our lunch) we are on our way home! What a journey, and thanks to everyone for following along.
We only got to experience a small sliver of our world, but what an amazing sliver it was. Incredible scenery: from deserts, mountains, jungles and beaches, to turqouise waters, murky waters, incredibly salty waters, and huge falling waters. Earth is spectacular. What humans have created is also awe-inspiring: from cities carved into the rocks, underground, or made of marble, to intricately decorated mosques, carefully painted churches, stupas on top of peaks, and vast landscapes of temples. And we barely traveled on one continent of our planet!
More importantly than what we’ve seen is what we experienced: countless encounters with wonderful people from around the world. Sipping mate with Argentinians on a boat in Laos, trekking with Brits in Thailand, hiking with Germans in Nepal, a tuk tuk ride with Japanese, sleeping next to Parisians in bamboo huts in Burma, sharing beers with Americans in Malaysia and numerous other run-ins with fellow travelers brought us to places we never went to and redefined our notion of humanity. On top of that our list of memories with locals: yak farmers in the mountains, small business people in emerging economies, numerous farmers, weavers, hatmakers, carpenters, the occasional “boat man” … all people living in ways beyond anything we cared to think about before. Some are still living the same as their ancesters did hundreds of years of ago (with the occasional mobile phone and better machete!). All friendly and eager to lend a helping hand to another person. A humbling experience.
It’s hard for us to think this is at it’s end. We missed our family and our friends and appreciate how great it is and lucky we are to have so many amazing people in our lives who are “home.” See you soon!