Our first six month Worldschool Adventure has come to a close. It took us twenty five hours of travel to get back to Canada including airport waiting time. Again, the kids surprised us with how well they handled the marathon of travel. Of course we were armed with an iPad and a good selection of movies to keep them occupied.
We have been home for four days now. Jet lag hit us all pretty hard and for the first few days we were either sleeping, wishing we were sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night, or falling asleep in the middle of the day. I think we are finally on schedule now. We are all feeling good and are digging in to home life.
We will be living in our motorhome this summer as we renovate the house we bought last year. Nights are a cool zero degrees Celsius but it actually feels good to be cuddled up under thick blankets after six months of sweating in the tropical heat.
It feels good to be home.
A lot of people talk about reverse culture shock after coming home, so far we have virtually none. Instead we feel overwhelmingly grateful for everything in our lives. Things we used to take for granted like having a grocery store full of any food you desire, drinking water out of the taps, comfortable beds, and reliable showers are now things we are taking immense pleasure in. I’ve done happy dances over dill pickles, weeding the garden, and crisp spring air. I wonder if our enthusiasm will fade or if six months away every year is just enough time to keep us continuously thankful.
Most of the friends we made in our travels are full-time nomads. I used to think that was the life I wanted for my family but after our first trial of six months of travel I am confident we have found the lifestyle that is perfect for us. I love traveling. I love the adventure, the growth, the learning. I love how travel changes us, how it broadens our minds, and increases our confidence and sense of self. I love travel, but I also love having a permanent base. I love our amazing community. I love the challenge of living life in a small footprint, growing our own food, and exploring our own backyard.
There is a constant push and pull between the two worlds of nomadic travel and setting down roots and I think we have stumbled upon the perfect balancing act between these two desires.
The next six months will be very busy for us. We are getting the garden ready for planting, we have decided to get our own chickens (eggs are in the incubator right now!), and we will be renovating our house. Our hope is to finish renovations before we leave for our next adventure in the fall so that we can rent it out and have some income while we travel.
I’m not sure what form the blog will take for the six months of the year that we are home. I mean, are people interested in our garden, our chickens, and our renovations? (Please do let me know!) I do have a few posts lined up in my head about travel…things we would do differently, things that worked for us, the costs of travel etc…
Thank you to everyone who has continued to read our blog, to those who have commented, sent their encouragement, privately emailed, and for those who have followed along silently. Your interest, encouragement, and friendship have made the time and effort put into this blog worth it ten fold.
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