AKA “the big reveal” blog post.
As of today, we have been on the road for 500 days. That is 500 days of new locations, amazing sights, new foods, hotel rooms, mostly sunshine and good luck all around.
Day 500 is sort of like a birthday: crossing the threshold feels no different. Mostly it is surreal. It does not feel like it’s been that long. And as much as I know how lucky we are to have traveled for 500 days, somehow it feels… normal. I know that it shouldn’t be taken for granted, but I just don’t feel as excited or amazed by it than I should. Thankfully, I know the reasons why.
First, we are tired. I am tired. 500 days is a long time and I think that it was too long for me. I am no longer enjoying traveling as much as I used to, and it’s a shame. I am lacking energy and sightseeing is being kept to a minimum. We simply don’t do much anymore, and it’s affecting our perspective of cities and countries in a manner that I feel is undeserved. Yes, we are still having fun and yes, we are glad to be here – it’s just that now traveling is the norm and it doesn’t feel as special anymore.
Secondly, the end is now in sight. While we had planned and budgeted for 2 years on the road, we will be cutting our trip short. Why? Well, because we are tired. Furthermore, we had not expected South America to be so expensive. In fact, our money is running out. With this in mind, we have changed our travel plans to more realistic ones. Today, on our day 500, we have purchased our tickets back to Canada. We will be flying “home” in 75 days, on March 28th.
While we will be back in Canada, our trip will not be over yet. Indeed, we feel that our trip will actually be over once we have reached the city we will be making our home: Kelowna (explanatory blog post to follow). Our flight from South America is to Montreal, where we will catch up with family and friends. We also plan on doing a little sightseeing there, as well as organize our belongings that are currently stored in my dad’s basement. As of now, we do not know when we will be flying back to British Colombia to start settling down.
As you can see, today is a little bittersweet. We are enjoying a warm summer’s day and we love the freedom that travel affords us. Yet, we are tired and getting lazier by the day… We are looking forward to going back to Canada, but we are sad that the trip will be ending. We are not looking forward to facing real life and getting jobs. Yet, we have 75 days left of sunshine and warm weather, and knowing that these are our last 75 days will help us make the most of them.
So, what did we do today? Nothing much! I edited movies and photos, I booked our flight home, blogged and sent some emails. I did this overlooking the city of Posadas (and Paraguay, on the other side of the river) from the desk in our room. We had sunshine and heavy rain, and hanging out in our room felt nice. For dinner we went out to the corner bar, and were surprised with good food. It was a quiet day; it was a good day.
PS. Happy Friday the 13th!