01 July 2009

Quick Ramblings

As we enter July, our final month of the trip a lot of thoughts continually fly through my mind. First, I am amazed at how quickly the time has passed. Last night Kristen and I were taking a look at our pictures from Japan. In one way it seems like a distant memory, but in a way it also seems like it was only a few days or weeks ago. A trip like this will do that to you.

Another thing that I’ve thought about is how I haven’t been bored or homesick on this trip that much. Typically when I’ve gone on a long vacation there will be a few days when the travelling is frustrating and getting to me. On this trip I have rarely felt that way. Perhaps it is because we are seeing so much in a short amount of time. In a way other than Thailand we haven’t had the chance to sit down and relax enough to let boredom set in. This is a good and bad thing. While we’ve done a ton, we haven’t had a chance to get the understanding of a place that you get when a few weeks are spent there. In my opinion this is fine though, we can go to the places we like later when we have more time and money to enjoy them. Alternatively, if there is a place we don’t like we know we never have to return. This is better than the guilt we would have if we had spent thousands of dollars on a two or three week vacation.

As our time here in Morocco draws to a close I’m surprised on how much we have gotten to see and do. Yesterday as Kristen and I were standing on the roof of our pension, overlooking Fes, I was reminded of a story which I told her.

Back in 2003, I was studying abroad at Oxford, which was my first time I was in Europe and out of the country by myself. A group of friends and I were trying to decide where to go during our couple day break from school.

“How about Morocco?” someone said. I thought at the time, wow that seems so exotic. Maybe a little bit too wild for my taste. This was only a few years after 9/11 and I knew that Morocco was Islamic and in Africa. Did I need a visa, would they be friendly to Americans? Too many questions ran through my mind for it to be considered a viable thought.

I ended up going to Berlin where my Aunt lives. Granted, this was a new experience for me and one I thoroughly enjoyed. But part of me knew that there were more places I wanted to visit in the future.

Fast forward six years. I’m standing on a rooftop overlooking Fes, Morocco. Two weeks ago, Turkey, a month ago I was in India, six weeks ago, Cambodia. All those places I never, ever thought I would have the opportunity or fortitude to visit. However, here I stand looking back knowing that I did it. I saw what I had set out to see, surprising myself (and Kristen) in the process.

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