As I sit here in the Toronto Airport, I’m both sad and thrilled. Sad because this adventure is coming to a close. We have truly had the time of our lives – we have seen and done some amazing things – and the best part is that we did them together. We didn’t fight, didn’t complain (…except about our feet and calves sometimes…), and didn’t do anything that wasn’t supportive of each other and in the best interest of our adventure. I’m so proud of us. Travel can bring out the worst in people – I’ve seen it! – but it can also bring out the best. And that’s why I’m also thrilled.
I’ve seen Shane blossom on this trip. His eyes have been opened in the way that only happens when you see for yourself that the world is TINY and is full of people just like us who do things the same way and also do things completely differently. I’ve seen him become open to new ideas, new experiences, and a new outlook on life.
I’ve also seen our relationship blossom in a new way. I’ve always loved Shane, obviously, but I have grown to love and respect him in a new way after this experience – on a new level. His willingness to try new things in a new place has strengthened both of us. I’m proud of him and proud of us.
So I am sad. And I’m thrilled. And I can’t wait to do it again – somewhere new!