14.05.2013 - 15.05.2013
What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been since returning home from India. We've seen family, friends (eaten out too much!) and squeezed in an amazing Dominican vacation for our friends' wedding. To top it off, on the way back from Dominican, we were able to spend the weekend in Nova Scotia and ended up doing a loop of south western Nova Scotia to see our old stomping grounds.
Here I sit at a computer at Derek's aunt's house in Breda, Holland. It's so good to be back! I can't believe it's been 2 years since we were here last, the time continues to speed up (does it ever slow down?). We left yesterday from PEI where we flew to Montreal and jumped on a flight to Paris. Unfortunately it was only 6 hours long so not long enough to get a good sleep in and the time change did a number on us. We ended up getting 1 hour of sleep last night, landed in Paris where we took a train to Brussels (~2 hours), then connected to Rotterdam (~1.5 hours) and finally to Breda (~45 minutes) where we were picked up by the lovely Miriam (Derek's aunt)! Despite our exhaustion, we were so happy to sit and catch up with Miriam and Jurgen (her boyfriend) and then treated to an amazing homemade meal of pasta with feta, sundried tomatoes, peppers along with asparagus and roasted chicken (oh and some wine...).
Leaving PEI was just as surreal as starting our trip to India. It didn't feel like it was happening at all and even when we landed, we didn't feel like we were actually here. Such a strange feeling. I'm not sure if it's because we're so busy leading up to the trips or maybe we're 'too' well seasoned for travel and now it's just not a big deal. I do think it's a plus that we do feel like we can handle these trips without feeling anxious because we get to experience our trip so much more. It all takes time though!
We have almost 11 weeks in Europe and and are so excited to be here. Travel is such a good investment, I feel that it's very important to figure out how I want to spend my time in a career and how I can make the most impact on my community and others around me. Not saying I'm going to save the world but everyone wants to feel like they contribute positively in their lifetime to something greater than themselves.
Tomorrow we take off for Cologne, Germany to see our friend's band play so looking forward to a relaxing getaway... I mean... it's tough... but someone has to do it. Haha.
Will write more later!