We are both quite ready to leave Europe, even though it has been a fantastic trip, as we are looking forward to being back in an English speaking country, and really looking forward to catching up with old friends. Watching Meg and Fern at Taurenhof brought back so many memories, and it is fantastic that we have been able to keep up with so many of our friends since those days. I feel that we have had a good look around at quite a few countries, and seen various aspects of the countries - rural, mountains, beach, towns, cities, castles, cathedrals, Roman Forts, Palaces, ruins, rich, poor, colourful, drab, clean, dirty, quiet and hectic. We have travelled by motorhome, car, train, ferry, water taxi, water bus, foot, bicycle, swam, gondola, and an 8 person ski lift with a heated seat and Perspex bubble!! We have experienced warmth, cold, ice, snow, rain, fog, winds, good and bad toilets, relaxing times, hectic times and stressful times - well what else would you expect when travelling with Sam!!! We have met lots of interesting people - an added bonus of being married to a man who insists on speaking to everyone he meets, have tried to speak some basic sentences in the language of each country that we have visited, and had lots of unexpected, unplanned experiences.
It has been a trip of new experiences, new places, trips down memory lane, re-acquainting with family and old friends, and new friendships. There have been times of homesickness, but mobile phones (when they work), and the internet - particularly Skype and Facebook chat, are wonderful ways to catch up with those at home.
As I sit here in London airport, after another teary farewell to Fern and Meg - who we will see again in less than a week-, I am thankful for our family, friends and beautiful country that we will be returning to, in a month, as well as the opportunity to travel like this!!! It will be hard to return to the real world of routine and work, but we know that reality is necessary!!!
Canada….. HERE WE COME.