It feels like a lifetime ago that this – all this business of a five month vacation – was a reality. A measly month ago, I was sitting on a beach in Croatia, reading Outlander for twelve hours a day, sipping sparkling water and listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below. Was I living in an alternate reality, devoid of responsibility, family obligations and grown up bills? Absolutely. Would I do it again? In a heart beat.
Did you ever think laundry could look so glamorous?
Taking a five month sabbatical was the best decision of my life. I am happy to be home, because the reality of traveling is that it is exhausting and not nearly as glamorous as many bloggers make it seem, but I did learn how to enjoy the slow moments in life.
I learned to find pleasure in the simple moments of sitting in outdoor cafes without wifi (I know gasp!), walking places with no intention and listening to several NPR podcasts while driving. However, through those podcasts, I learned about boxing, Ecuadorian cacao production, wine making in Slovenia and I cannot tell you how many times I heard, “Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get It On” on the radio! It’s funny how different senses trigger different memories, but the minute I hear that song on the radio since I have been home, I am transported to the empty roads of New Zealand on an Autumn day in May and once again, my day dreaming begins.