Greetings to all my beautiful readers! After seven months of travel, I have been home now for two weeks. I wanted to take a moment to share with you how the transition has been, and to let you know what you can expect from the Uneven Tenor blog while I’m stationary in Colorado (hint: while I may be stationary, my stories certainly won’t be).
So what is it like to come home after so many months away? Well, for me it feels pretty normal. I’ve done the being-gone-for-a-months-then-coming-home thing quite a lot (in fact, my friends seem pretty bored with it all), and the transition is easier every time. This time the transition has been marked by a noticeable lack of effort on my part. Instead of eagerly attacking a list of things to eat/drink/experience in the wonderful town of Fort Collins, Colorado, I’ve just relaxed and let “normal life” happen to me. I’m in no rush. If there’s anything that repeated global excursions has taught me, it’s that life at home doesn’t hinge on my presence. For the most part Fort Collins is the same as it was when I left, and will continue to be the same for the foreseeable future, so why rush the process of reacquainting myself?
That’s not to say I haven’t been busy. The day after I arrived home, my boyfriend and I moved into a house together! It’s not our own house (in fact, we’ll be in it for just five months), but it’s ‘ours’ for now, and we’re loving it. I also paid a visit to my original hometown to catch up with family, including with my brother and his wife. They just returned from an epic 14-month van trip south from Colorado to Patagonia, so chatting with them was wonderful. It’s so nice to have someone to commiserate with about long-term travel once you’re back home in the land of two-week vacationers!
I also have been able to resume my volunteer work with my favorite local non-profit, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. I’ve helped with the rehabilitation and release of injured raptors there for the past 11 years (!!) and my friends there are like a second family.
Then there’s the whole job thing. After seven months of constantly bleeding money, I’m eager for some cash to flow into the bank account. It takes a surprising amount of focus to write a cover letter and resume for a science job when all that’s on my mind is the life experiences I had while traveling!
So what has been difficult about coming back? Not much, really, just small things, like how overwhelming it was to get behind the wheel of a car for the first time, or remembering to throw toilet paper in the toilet instead of the trash can. I’m unused to the possibility of bumping into friends on the street, and my conversation skills are a little rusty. (How do conversations begin if not with “where are you from”?)
But I can say without any hesitation that everything is going terrifically, and home is feeling pretty darn good! Travel is an amazing experience, but there’s something to be said for the comfort of waking up in your own bed every morning, and not having to wrestle the shower into providing hot water at a consistent pressure.
With all that’s been going on, I took a two-week hiatus from social media and blogging, but I’m excited to tell you that I’m not done writing about the past seven months! I’ve been saving up a series of blog posts that can be written from home, and I’ll be posting those every week or so for at least a couple months. Topics will include:
- The complex issue of eco-friendly travel
- The amazing and delicious food I encountered along the way
- A packing-list review
- A complete breakdown of the money I spent on 7 months of travel
- A review of the best books I read on the road
- How airlines/airports vary around the world
- Something about languages…not sure what yet
- A explanation of the Dead Sea problem
- More stuff about Richard Halliburton (duh)
By the time I wrap up those posts, it will be April and I’ll be participating in an A-Z daily blogging challenge. Shortly after that I’ll begin the preparations for three months of living in Beijing with my boyfriend. From Beijing I’ll be doing Richard Halliburton excursions throughout China, and perhaps Russia and Japan. And, of course, in 2016 and beyond I’ll be heading back to Europe to climb the Matterhorn, tour Spain and Italy, and complete the entire Asian portion of Richard’s travels. Whew!
Thank you so much for reading my blog and supporting my endeavors to revive the life of Richard Halliburton over the past year. I hope you keep reading and following along, because the adventure is far from over!