We are home. It was a very long trip, as we left the hotel at about 12:30pm on Monday July 29, and got to our door at 2:30pm the next day; counting the time zone change of nine hours, our transit was 35 hours in total. I’m not sure you can construct a longer set of flights (Lusaka-Addis-Rome-Toronto-San Francisco), but everyone held up pretty well through all the travel. It’s nothing some food and good sleep can’t cure.
It’s remarkable how fast we can adjust to being home. A few things are different, but the vast majority is as we remember it. A.J. is off playing with a neighbor; Charlie’s reading on her bed; Jenn’s putting food away. Sitting at my desk, the last six months seem a blur: did we really go to Bagan? That seems a long time ago. Weren’t the pretzels in Salzberg great? Wasn’t I just being chased by baboons at Victoria Falls? It’s a lot to process.
After all the planning, all the anticipation, it’s hard to believe it happened and it’s over.
We have all manner of first-world “problems” to address. Some are trivial: I need a new pair of shoes, after I gave mine to a staff member at our Livingstone guest house. We have a lot of cleaning to do at home. We need to make the rounds at the various supermarkets, stock up at Costco and visit our favorite restaurants. The cable needs to be hooked up again. Our car battery had died, so I have to find the code to reset the car’s radio (no idea what to do with that one). Bike tires are flat, the garden is overgrown, everyone needs dental appointments and Charlie’s due to get braces. The kids have outgrown most of the clothing from 2012 that we left in their drawers. There is a long list of things to do.
Some issues will be more substantial: time to find employment for me (I’m looking for part-time CFO roles); kids will be back at school soon. We need to drive up and get our beloved dog Ruby (she has been residing in the country, but it’s a seven hour round-trip to the farm and back, so that will have to wait a few more days). I will be looking for a new car. We have to unpack and re-organize again, go through pictures, etc.
This is not our last post, but wanted to pause to say thank you to everyone’s comments. We appreciate all of you who have taken the time to read about our journey and also those among you who have dropped us an email or a comment on the blog. Particular recognition goes to Jenn’s Mom, Susan, who commented on nearly every post we wrote, and to others including Aunt Carol, Chris P, Eve L, Dayna B and the Collisters, all whom we heard from on a regular basis. Thanks for the comments guys- it helped keep us motivated!
We started writing this blog as a way to chronicle our trip for ourselves, friends and family. That other people who didn’t know us before this adventure have taken the time to read our little musings is humbling. We aren’t great writers, but hope that people have enjoyed our updates and drawn some measure of inspiration to do their own trip. There is much to see and do in our very big world.